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"Movies Were Always Magical": Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s

By: Verswijver, Leo

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Jefferson NC/London, McFarland & Company, Inc.: (c.2003)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23704

ISBN: 0-7864-1129-5

Condition: Near Fine


[a little curling to the front cover, otherwise nice and clean with just minimal handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) The interviewees: actors Pat Boone, Jeff Corey, Beverly Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Jane Greer, Janet Leigh, Joan Leslie, Sheree North, Janis Paige, Luise Rainer, Paula Raymond, John Saxon, Jane Withers, and Jane Wyatt; producers/directors Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Stanley Kramer, Vincent Sherman, Robert Wise, and Fred Zinnemann. The interviews, conducted by the author (a Belgian schoolteacher), aren't presented in Q&A-transcript form, but rather as often-lengthy quotes dropped ... View more info

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It's All Mental

By: Vertès, [Marcel]

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Tudor Publishing Company: (c.1952, 1948)

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 24343

Condition: Very Good+


(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket) [some wear to spine extremities, a couple of bumped corners; generally an intact and attractive copy] (pen and ink drawings) Psychiatry-themed cartoons, blurbed as a "sophisticated and vastly-amusing spoof [in which] an international renowned artist casts of his inhibitions and sharply satirizes the more familiar foibles and follies of psychoanalysis -- that is, psychoanalysis with a capital SEX." According to the same (back-cover) blurb, the book had been "first published in an expensive limited edition [and] in France, where it appea... View more info

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The Judgment of Paris [*SIGNED*]

By: Vidal, Gore

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.: 1952

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23633

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, light spotting on top edge of text block, light staining to top edge of spine cloth; jacket edgeworn and lightly browned at edges, small stain at bottom corner of rear panel, very slight paper loss at spine ends and along bottom edge (insect nibbling?)]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Vidal's re-casting "in modern terms [of] the ancient legend of Paris and the Golden Apple" to tell the story of "a young American's year in post-war Italy, Egypt and France, of his adventures among the foreign cities, of his affairs with three temptresses,... View more info

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The Best Man: A Play About Politics [*SIGNED*]

By: Vidal, Gore

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1960)

Edition: Fireside BCE

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23629

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[moderate wear to top and bottom edges of covers, spine slightly turned; jacket a little edgeworn, faint browning to spine, a few teeny-weeny nicks at top and bottom edges of flaps]. (photo covers) INSCRIBED with the inscribee's name and SIGNED ("from / Gore Vidal") on the half-title page. Vidal's incisive drama about hardball political campaigning, which he adapted for the well-regarded 1964 movie version starring Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson, under the direction of Franklin Schaffner, a film which retains much of its bite even today. Signed by Author View more info

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The Kindness of Strangers

By: Viertel, Salka

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston: (c.1969)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23574

ISBN: 0-03-076470-X

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice tight sound copy, light dust-soiling to top of text block, slight discoloration to half-title page; jacket in very nice condition, faint wear to extremities, would rate Near Fine but for the price-clipping]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Fascinating memoir by the screenwriter whose Santa Monica Canyon home served as a gathering spot for the cultural and intellectual crème de la crème of European émigrés in Southern California during the 1930s and 1940s -- fascinating not least because of our knowledge (from other sources) that some of the most interesting parts of the aut... View more info

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Fun in a Chinese Laundry

By: von Sternberg, Josef

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24444

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[some deterioration to cloth (exposure of boards in a couple of tiny spots) along bottom edges of covers, light spotting to top edges of covers, otherwise and clean and tight book with minimal wear; jacket a bit edgeworn, heavily scuffed/rubbed along spine; see notes regarding provenance]. (B&W photographs) The great (and famously cranky) film director's autobiography. This copy once belonged to New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther; laid in at the rear is his book review assignment slip from the NYT (with some holograph notes scribbled on the verso) and the original 2-page Macmillan pr... View more info

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Hollywood Adventures: The Gregory Walcott Story [with accompanying letter from author]

By: Walcott, Gregory

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Wilson NC, The Wilson Daily Times: (c.2003)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24385

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[both book and jacket are as-new, with no discernible wear or blemishes]. (B&W photographs) Anecdotal memoir by a veteran movie and TV character actor, whose claim to cinematic immortality rests on his starring role in Ed Wood's PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, legendarily "the worst film ever made." Walcott devotes a chapter -- a whole four pages! -- to the making of PLAN 9, which doesn't sound like much until you consider that almost all the other chapters in the book are even shorter (two pages is the average). In fact, even calling them "chapters" seems a bit much: about half of th... View more info

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Banjo

By: Walker, Frank

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Michael Joseph: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24781

ISBN: 0-7181-1593-7

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[good sound copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge, small red lip print on bottom edge of text block (presumably a remainder mark); jacket moderately rubbed, no tears or chips, a touch of wrinkling along top edge of front panel]. (pen and ink drawings) The author's second book about dogs, and his first about the "grueling but hilarious adventures" of the title pooch, a mongrel pup rescued from drowning in Leeds, England, who subsequently "became a delinquent in the back streets of Leeds, the instinct for survival gradually taking over and replacing his trust in humans." View more info

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Aerial Navigation; a practical handbook on the construction of dirigible balloons, aerostats, aeroplanes, and aeromotors

By: Walker, Frederick, C.E.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, Crosby Lockwood and Son: 1902

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24662

Condition: Good


(pictorial buckram; no dust jacket) [shelfworn book, hinges cracked but webbing holding well enough, bumping to all extremities, small strip of cloth missing from top of spine, one-time owner's address label at bottom of ffep; it's an ex-library book, with some unfortunate scarring to endpapers from the removal of various labels, but only one overt library marking remaining, a single stamp on the last page of the text that reads "Bulawayo Public Library" (see notes)]. (pen and ink drawings) The most up-to-date how-to-fly book of its time, published a year before the Wright Brothers go... View more info

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Huddle!

By: Wallace, Francis

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1930)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 24120

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [ex-M-G-M Script Dept. copy, so identified by label on ffep, library stamp on ffep and several pages; light external soiling, slight darkening to spine cloth, small tears in the fore-edges of a couple of pages near the end of the book, due to careless opening; vintage bookseller's label on rear pastedown (Satyr Book Shop, Hollywood/Los Angeles)]. The first novel by this sportswriter-turned-fictioneer, who (not surprisingly) often wrote sports-backgrounded stories, a number of which (including this college-football yarn) were made into movies, the most notable of which was pro... View more info

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The Woman He Chose

By: Wallis, J.H.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23951

Condition: Very Good+ in Poor dj


[quite a decent copy of the book, with just a bit of shelfwear and some minor staining on the rear endpaper; the jacket, however, is a mess, with most of the bottom half of the front panel ripped away and missing, and additionally with a tear extending from the top of the front panel all the way down to the missing area (in other words, the jacket is in two pieces, held together only by the jacket protector)]. A lawyer defends a woman who's on trial for murdering her husband, secures her acquittal, and falls in love with her in the process. "With the winning of this case, Drake was a cha... View more info

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It's Different for a Woman

By: Ward, Mary Jane

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1952)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23685

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[a little shelfwear to bottom edge, slight fraying to cloth at one top corner, light staining to spine cloth; jacket heavily edgeworn, rubbed/scuffed, internal browning/discoloration (not noticeable from exterior)]. You thought "The Snake Pit," the author's semi-autobiographical 1946 best-seller giving a patient's-eye view of a psychiatric hospital, was harrowing? Well, brace yourself for this horrifying tale of a fortyish housewife's navigation of the perils of domestic life in the suburbs. Oh, I know, the jacket design and blurb try to soft-pedal it as a "gay and true-to-life ... View more info

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The Man Who Killed the Deer [*SIGNED*]

By: Waters, Frank

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Sage Books: [1970] (c.1942)

Edition: Reprint

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24740

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [light wear to edges and extremities, spine cloth faded (gilt spine lettering still fully readable), faint partial beverage-ring stain on front cover]. (The American Library) Series INSCRIBED ("To ___________ / In friendship / and / with best wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Reprint, in "The American Library" series of this classic novel of Pueblo Indian life, generally considered Water's best work. Signed by Author View more info

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Vile Bodies

By: Waugh, Evelyn

Price: $1,200.00

Publisher: New York, Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith: 1930

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23613

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[spine turned, bumping and slight cracking at several corners (slight exposure of boards at top and bottom corners of front cover), wear/fading to cloth at ends of spine, spine lettering partially rubbed away; jacket moderately soiled, shallow chipping at both ends of spine, tiny tears at a couple of corners]. Second printing (one month after the first) of the first American edition of Waugh's second novel, a scathing satire of England's so-called "bright young things" and their dissolute ways. Basis for the 2003 film BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, written and directed by Stephen Fry. Fun fac... View more info

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"You Only Live TWICE"; the secret and private writings of two trip teasers

By: Webster, Dottie and Vicky

Price: $20.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Roger Buffington Press: (c.1947)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24017

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[good sound copy with moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, light soiling and age-toning to edges of text block; jacket edgeworn, arrowhead-size chip at bottom of front panel, about 1/2-inch paper loss at top of spine, small chip at top of rear panel, small tears and a bit of paper loss at most corners]. (pen and ink drawings) A sort of risque travel diary, written by a mother-and-daughter team in a style that I can't adequately summarize. The narrative voice switches from the third person to the first person (with numerous interjections of "I, Vicky" or "I, Dottie," just to help ... View more info

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Strictly Dishonorable [Photoplay Edition]

By: Weil, Joseph (from the play by Preston Sturges)

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1931)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23621

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[nice tight clean copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket well-worn at folds, front hinge split about one-third up from bottom, minor paper loss at spine extremities, light spotting on front panel]. (4 B&W film stills) Photoplay Edition, a novelization of Preston Sturges's play of the same name (his first big success, a hit on Broadway in 1929), issued to coincide with the release of the 1931 Universal film adaptation starring Paul Lukas and Sidney Fox. Illustrated with four stills from the film (frontispiece + 3 in text). The original Sturges play, thanks to his subsequent fame, remains fairly... View more info

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Tarzan, My Father

By: Weissmuller, Johnny Jr., with William Reed and W. Craig Reed

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Toronto, ECW Press: (c.2002)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24646

ISBN: 1-55022-522-7

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book is clean and tight, with no discernible wear; jacket shows the teensiest bit of surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Memoir by Weissmuller's only son, who tells his father's "own version of his experiences at the hands of the major Hollywood studios," as well as his own "inside perspective on his father's life and career [including] interviews with his father's former wives, costars, and celebrity friends, recollections of conversations with his father over the years," etc., all adding up to "a sensitive but unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans... View more info

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Tycoons and Locusts: A Regional Look at Hollywood Fiction of the 1930s

By: Wells, Walter

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Carbondale/Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University Press: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24650

ISBN: 0-8093-0606-9

Condition: Good in Very Good dj


[ex-library book, ffep removed, library stamp on top edge, "withdrawn" stamp inside, tape stains on covers and rear endpaper; the jacket is pretty nice-looking, minimal wear, spine has slight residue from removed call number label]. (Crosscurrents/Modern Critiques) Analysis of the major "Hollywood novels" of the 1930s (and 1940s), considered through the lens of regional fiction. Books discussed in detail are the usual suspects of the genre: "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (James M. Cain), "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (Horace McCoy), "Hope of Heaven... View more info

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The Modern "Rake's Progress"

By: West, Rebecca; illustrated by David Low

Price: $300.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson & Co.: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22734

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderate shelfwear, minor bumping/rubbing to top corners, slight exposure of board at bottom corner of front cover, Christmas gift inscription (non-authorial) dated 1934 on ffep; jacket somewhat edgeworn, small chip at top right corner of rear panel, some paper loss at top corners of spine, small closed tears and associated creasing at bottom corners of front panel, shallow chipping along bottom edge of rear panel; all in all, though, still a colorful and attractive example of the scarce original jacket]. (color illustrations) A collaboration between West, "England's cleverest woman writ... View more info

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Colour Photography

By: Wheeler, (Capt.) Owen

Price: $25.00

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24789

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfworn, front cover gilt lettering heavily rubbed, bumped at several corners, light fraying at spine extremities, one-time owner's name markered out on front pastedown, some foxing to endpapers]. (B&W and color plates) "This does not profess to be compendium of Colour Photography, but merely a guide to the practice of processes which are well within the scope of the amateur of average means with some experience of ordinary monochrome work. There are other books in which the subject is treated more comprehensively, and in far greater detail, [but] the write... View more info