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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 writing chops to pull it off, producing a biography that "summons up the man and the artist and does justice to the genius a... 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 European vacation) at the height of the McCarthy Era. 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 contradictorily -- in accordance with that dream." (I think we need Myra Breckinridge to parse that statement for us!) Thi... View more info

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The Light on Her Face

By: Walker, Joseph, ASC, and Juanita Walker

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Hollywood CA, The ASC Press: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23054

ISBN: 0935578056

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[faint dust-soiling to top edge of text block, otherwise a flawless book; jacket shows just a bit of wear at several corners, short ragged tear at top front foldover (but with no paper loss, and held together very nicely and unobtrusively by the jacket protector]. (B&W photographs) Memoir of one of Hollywood's great cinematographers, active from the late 1910s through the early 1950s, who among his other achievements photograph 18 of director Frank Capra's 24 feature films, including IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, LOST HORIZON and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Foreword by Barbara Stanwyck, one of the many ... 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 the award on Kazan proved, if nothing else, that passions still run deep on this issue, even after nearly half a century. 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 actor, which continued into the 1920s, was derailed when he lost his right eye in a freak car accident on location in Arizona... 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 star, dating back to her film debut -- at the age of ten -- in LASSIE COME HOME. The result is an intimate, informed, yet alw... 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 shorthand for the stereotype itself. Ironically, his on-screen subserviance made him an off-screen millionaire, "the hi... 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 (most notably THE OVERLANDERS). 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 previously published in "abridged" (i.e. edited) versions in various magazines, run less than 20 pages; fortunately the long... 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 events in life that his rational mind would never perceive." Further proof that they didn't call him "Wild Bill" ... 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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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 it focuses quite heavily on the actor's collaboration with producer-director Cecil B. DeMille, which began in 1933 and ended w... View more info

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Howard Hawks [*SIGNED* by Hawks]

By: Wood, Robin

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company Inc.: 1968

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 21107

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


[covers are edgeworn, especially along front hinge, which is somewhat deterioriated, with the front cover just beginning to separate from the spine at the bottom; the binding itself is solid, however, and the text clean]. (Cinema World, No. 7) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) SIGNED on the title page by Howard Hawks. This was the first serious book in English to be devoted to Hawks's work, by one of his earliest champions (at least on this side of the Atlantic). Wood (1931-2009) was an influential British-born film critic whose prose style was an important complement to his critical insigh... View more info

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The Directors Guild of America presents a retrospective showing of nine films by Fred Zinnemann

By: Zeitlin, David I.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, The Directors Guild of America, Inc.: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22418

Condition: Near Fine


(stapled wraps) [a bit of wear along spine only, otherwise nice and clean]. (B&W photographs) 16-page program booklet (including covers) for a retrospective honoring Fred Zinnemann, on the occasion of his receiving the 1966 DGA Directorial Award for A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (which also earned him a Best Director Academy Award, as well as being chosen Best Picture of 1966). Includes: a 2-page essay, "A Director for All Seasons"; one- or two-page program notes for each film in the series; a filmography of Zinnemann's feature film credits; and a roster of all winners of the DGA Awards from... View more info

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The Public is Never Wrong: the Autobiography of Adolph Zukor

By: Zukor, Adolph, with Dale Kramer

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20637

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[book has minor wear to top and bottom edges and spine ends; jacket is worn, with small tears and minor paper loss at several corners, ragged closed tear at bottom of rear panel, chipping and a bit of paper loss at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) Historically specious but still entertaining memoir by the co-founder of Paramount Pictures. View more info

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Tutto Fellini

By: [Fellini, Federico] Rosenberg, Lenore (English translation)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Rome, Cinecitta' International: 1994

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 14675

Condition: Near Fine


(French wrappers) [nice clean copy, with just faint surface wear to covers]. (B&W and color photographs) Tribute book prepared in conjunction with the restoration and promotion of Fellini's entire ouevre, a project in which the director was participating at the time of his death in October 1993. This "Second Edition" was issued the following year. Essentially an elaborately-illustrated filmography, supplemented with comments about him by other filmmakers, a brief chronology of his Fellini's life and career, and an interview conducted in April 1993. View more info