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Image for I Just Kept Hoping [*SIGNED*]

I Just Kept Hoping [*SIGNED*]

By: Stuart, Gloria, with Sylvia Thompson

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1999)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18940

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book, minor bumping to top of spine; faint surface wear to jacket]. (B&W and color photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. Memoir by the actress who essentially retired from the screen for over nearly forty years, made a few minor appearances in the 1980s, and then hit the jackpot with her role in James Cameron's TITANIC (1997), which brought her oodles of attention, including an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress, making her a... View more info

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Body and Soul: The Story of John Garfield

By: Swindell, Larry

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13949

ISBN: 0-688-02907-8

Condition: Very Good- in Very Good+ dj


[a good solid copy, but with considerable foxing/spotting to page edges, previous owner's address label on ffep; jacket shows moderate surface rubbing, light wear at extremities]. (B&W photographs) "The definitive life story of Garfield, super actor and super stud [sorry, I'm just quoting here] -- of his brilliant career, his stormy marriage and tempestuous affairs, and his political misadventures in the feverish environment of Broadway and Hollywood. More than a b... View more info

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W.C. Fields: His Follies and Fortunes

By: Taylor, Robert Lewis

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1949

Edition: Book Find Club Edition

Seller ID: 22608

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[a good solid book, light wear to extremties; jacket shows just a little edgewear, slight darkening at spine; although a book club issue, the book appears identical to the trade edition (including its "heft") in almost all respects]. (B&W photographs) Taylor's entertaining, myth-making biography of The Great Man, the first to appear after Fields's death on Christmas Day of 1946, and for many years the standard work on the comedian -- and, unfortunately, the sourc... View more info

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William A. Wellman

By: Thompson, Frank T.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Metuchen NJ/London, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23422

ISBN: 0-8108-1594-X

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice tight copy, very light handling wear, a couple of diagonally-creased top page corners]. (Filmmakers, no. 4) Series (B&W photographs) The first book-length critical study of the famously hard-boiled director of WINGS, THE PUBLIC ENEMY, BEAU GESTE, THE OX-BOW INCIDENT, THE STORY OF G.I. JOE, etc. Foreword by Barbara Stanwyck, who starred in five of Wellman's films. View more info

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Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes: A Life and a Story [*SIGNED*]

By: Thomson, David

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Vintage Books: 1988

Edition: 1st ptg. thus

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9044

ISBN: 0-394-75756-4

Condition: Near Fine


[tight, bright copy with very faint wear to front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("to _________" only) and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Signed by Author View more info

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Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles [*SIGNED*]

By: Thomson, David

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24483

ISBN: 0-679-41834-2

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice attractive copy, just the teensiest bit of shelfwear to book; jacket similarly nice, soft vertical crease and short corner crease in front flap, minor external handling wear]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED simply ("To ________") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The "story" in the subtitle was quite deliberately chosen by the author, one of our finest writers on film, who has taken a novelistic approach to Welles's life and who has the wri... View more info

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Chaplin

By: Thursh, Joan, ed.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Dell Publishing Co.: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9713

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


[nice copy, minor edgewear, slight soiling/scuffing to rear cover]. (B&W photographs) Special one-shot magazine-format tribute to Charles Chaplin, issued to coincide with and celebrate "His Triumphant Return to the U.S.--Loved and Admired by All," the occasion being his receipt of an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the first time he had set foot in the U.S. since his re-entry permit was revoked in 1952 (while he was on a Eu... View more info

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A Valuable Property: The Life Story of Michael Todd [*SIGNED*]

By: Todd, Michael Jr., and Susan McCarthy Todd

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Arbor House: (c.1983)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22462

ISBN: 0-87795-491-7

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[light foxing/spotting to top edge of text block, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows just a bit of handling wear]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Michael Todd Jr. on the half-title page, a humorous inscription referring to himself as "the only Jew in Co. Catlow." Biography, by his children, of the "Broadway impresario, high-stakes gambler, lover of stars, husband of one of the world's most glamorous women, and Hollywood producer who gave the... View more info

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Chaplin: Last of the Clowns

By: Tyler, Parker

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press, Inc.: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21115

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[no significant wear to book, bookplate on ffep; jacket a little edgeworn, a few tiny scuff marks on front panel, 1-1/4" closed tear at top of rear panel, a little fading to spine]. (B&W photographs) "Here in penetrating, sensitive prose is the first comprehensive study of the great comedian's art. If incidentally it indicates facets of Chaplin as a man, it is always as the man who has fallen in love with a dream, and somehow always behaved -- no matter how con... View more info

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Hollywood Honors Elia Kazan, Filmmaker & Informer

By: Walsh, David

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Oak Park MI, Mehring Books, Inc.: (c.1999)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12631

ISBN: 0-929087-98-4

Condition: Fine


[nice clean copy, no discernible wear]. 40-page booklet (including covers; text is 30 pages, with ads taking up the rest of the space), issued to protest the presentation of an honorary Academy Award to Elia Kazan in 1999. Kazan, whose gifts as a filmmaker were and are unquestioned, had nonetheless long been a political lightning rod due to his decision to "inform" on former Communist Party colleagues during the McCarthy Era. The Academy's decision to bestow t... View more info

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Each Man in His Time: The Life Story of a Director

By: Walsh, Raoul

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19773

ISBN: 0-374-14553-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [spine a little turned, very slight fading to cloth along top edge; jacket a bit dog-eared at top of spine, moderate soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Rip-roaring memoir by the veteran director who began his career as an actor in the silent days (he played John Wilkes Booth in D.W. Griffith's THE BIRTH OF A NATION), but soon established himself as one of those "man's man" directors that Hollywood used to specialize in. (His career as an ... View more info

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Elizabeth Taylor

By: Waterbury, Ruth

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Appleton-Century: (c.1964)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14447

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows a little surface wear, additional slight bumping/wear around top of spine]. (B&W photographs) One of the first reasonably serious biographies of La Liz, by a well-connected Hollywood journalist -- a one-time editor of Photoplay Magazine, who wound up on the staff of the famous (and dreaded) columnist Louella Parsons. This book (it sez here) was "based on [her] long acquaintance with the s... View more info

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Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry

By: Watkins, Mel

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Pantheon Books: (c.2005)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20426

ISBN: 0-375-42382-6

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[beautiful clean copy, no discernible wear to book at all; jacket shows only light surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) The first full-scale biography of the first African-American movie star, whose talents were channeled by the narrow and essentially racist world-view of the Hollywood mainstream cinema into comic portrayals of lazy, shiftless black men -- stereotypical roles of the worst sort, which he filled with such brilliance that his very name became a kind of... View more info

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Don't Look at the Camera

By: Watt, Harry

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1974)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22048

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[light foxing to top of text block, otherwise a very nice copy with no discernible wear; jacket just a teensy bit rubbed, hardly noticeable under new jacket protector]. Memoir by the pioneering British documentary filmmaker, who began his career working for Robert Flaherty on MAN OF ARAN and John Grierson at the Empire Marketing Board, and went on to make such classic documentaries as NIGHT MAIL and TARGET FOR TONIGHT, as well as a handful of dramatic feature films (mos... View more info

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I Was a Monster Movie Maker: Conversations with 22 SF and Horror Filmmakers

By: Weaver, Tom

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Jefferson NC/London, McFarland & Company, Inc.: (c.2001)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17808

ISBN: 0-7864-1000-0

Condition: Near Fine


(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [very nice, as-new copy, with just a small surface-scratch to the rear cover]. (B&W photographs) Despite its ridiculous title (just because somebody has done a handful of films in the genre hardly makes them a "Monster Movie Maker"), this is a valuable collection of interviews with (mostly) obscure but interesting actors, directors and other filmmakers. Most of the interviews, all of which had been previou... View more info

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A Short Time for Insanity: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]

By: Wellman, William A.

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Hawthorn Books, Inc.: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18074

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[moderately worn copy, some light soiling and faint foxing to page edges; jacket stained internally along top edge, but this is not visible in any way from the exterior, which shows only a bit of wear at the corners and some scuffing/rubbing to the surface]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author (signature only; no inscription) on the half-title page. "From the perspective of a hospital bed, through a drug-induced haze, Wellman's memory makes connections between e... View more info

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The Westmores of Hollywood

By: Westmore, Frank, and Muriel Davidson

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J. B. Lippincott Company: (c.1976)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16931

ISBN: 0-397-01102-4

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[spotting to bottom edge, otherwise a solid, apparently unread copy; jacket very nice except for some minor scraping along the lower front hinge and at one tiny spot near the top of the spine]. (B&W photographs) The saga of Hollywood's make-up dynasty. View more info

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The Westmores of Hollywood [*SIGNED*]

By: Westmore, Frank, and Muriel Davidson

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Company: (c.1976)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18807

ISBN: 0-397-01102-4

Condition: Very Good in Near Fine dj


[spotting to bottom edge, otherwise a solid, apparently unread copy; jacket very nice except for some minor scraping along the lower front hinge and at one tiny spot near the top of the spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by the author, with a warm inscription to William Tuttle, the longtime head of M-G-M's makeup department. The saga of Hollywood's makeup dynasty, told by the youngest of the six Westmore brothers. A terrific association copy be... View more info

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Arriving in Hollywood: Letters 1929

By: Whale, James

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Santa Barbara CA, Santa Teresa Press: 1989

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20824

ISBN: 0-94166-03-2

Condition: Near Fine


[virtually as new, very slight edgewear, a bit of rustiness to staples]. Reprints three letters written by the noted director of JOURNEY'S END, FRANKENSTEIN, THE INVISIBLE MAN, etc., shortly after his arrival in Hollywood from England. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by co-editor Jim Pepper on the title page. Printing limited to 300 copies. Signed by Editor View more info

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Lionheart in Hollywood: The Autobiography of Henry Wilcoxon [*SIGNED*]

By: Wilcoxon, Henry, with Katherine Orrison

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Metuchen NJ/London, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22011

ISBN: 0-8108-2476-0

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[minor bump and very slight fraying at bottom front corner, tiny dent in top edge of front cover, no other significant wear; jacket shows slight rubbing and faint soiling, one little closed tear at top of front panel]. (Filmmakers, No. 27) Series (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by co-author Orrison, who had worked with Wilcoxon on the book and completed it for publication seven years after his death -- although it's not quite a true autobiography, as i... View more info