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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The First Forty Years

By: (UCLA Film and Television Archive)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, UCLA Film and Television Archive: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20760

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


[tiny bend at bottom corner of front cover, otherwise as-new]. (B&W photographs) Tribute/program guide for a retrospective series of programs from the first four decades of long-running drama series, which began in the era of live TV and continues to this day. Includes program notes (by Kenneth Kirby) for the 32 programs presented in the series proper, presented throughout August and September 1991, plus notes for three additional out-of-series shows included in UCLA's annual Festival of Preservation. The program is a nice mix of HHoF's repertoire, which ranged from the tried-and-true high-t... View more info

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Funny Men Don't Laugh

By: Auerbach, Arnold M.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company Inc.: 1965

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 20180

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [very light shelfwear to bottom edge, minor dust-soiling to top edge, the teensiest bumping to the top front corner; jacket shows a little edge- and surface-wear, minor wrinkling, and a little soiling to the rear panel, but SEE NOTES for its dirty little secret]. Autobiography of a radio gagman during "the heyday of the stand-up comedian. [The author] was just starting out in show business and he remembers those frenetic, incredible days when he -- and his college friend Herman Wouk -- worked first for the unbelievable Lou Jacobs and then for master comedian Fred Allen.&#... View more info

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Television Plays [The Bachelor Party; Printer's Measure; Holiday Song; The Big Deal; The Mother; Marty]

By: Chayefsky, Paddy

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1955

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 14569

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely copy, tight and clean, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows only the slightest bit of surface wear, but is bright and unfaded]. Six plays by the writer who, in the world of live TV drama during the 1950s, "established a standard of quality against which all other TV plays may be measured." Includes the author's commentaries on each script, "describing how each play was written, produced and acted." A very nice copy of a book often found (especially the jacket) with considerable wear. View more info

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The Outlook for Television

By: Dunlap, Orrin E., Jr.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Arno Press and the New York Times: 1971 (c.1932)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 14451

ISBN: 0-405-03564-0

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor spotting on front cover, otherwise a nice tight clean book; NOT ex-library]. (History of Broadcasting: Radio to Television) Series (B&W photo frontispiece, other photos) Facsimile reprint of the 1932 edition, published by Harper & Brothers. The author was the radio editor of the New York Times, and the author of numerous tomes about the radio business. The frontispiece is a portrait photo of Guglielmo Marconi, reproducing his inscription to the author. The book's Foreword is by the legendary William S. Paley, President of the Columbia Broadcasting System.... View more info

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The Commercials Book

By: Ettedgui, Peter, and Paul Kemp Robertson, eds.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Crans, Switzerland, Rotovision SA: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13821

ISBN: 2-88046-341-9

Condition: Very Good+


(glossy pictorial boards, no dust jacket, as issued) [moderate surface wear, bumped corners; otherwise a good clean copy]. (Mastercraft Series) Series (color photographs, frame enlargements) Oversize hardcover book (approximately 11x14), detailing "how 32 of the world's best directors make their commercials," with textual explanations/interviews with the makers and shot-by-shot reproductions of the commercials themselves. Filmmakers and production firms featured include: Aardman Animations; Michael Bay; Jonathan Glazer; Michel Gondry; Hugh Hudson; Ridley Scott; Joe Sedelmaier; Michael... View more info

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The Brontës of Haworth [2 volumes] [*SIGNED*]

By: Fry, Christopher

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, Davis-Poynter Limited: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22474

Condition: Near Fine


[both volumes very nice, minor dust-soiling to top edges, Vol. I slightly faded along spine and at top of front cover]. Trade PB INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page of Volume I: "for Dick and Mickey / with love from / Kit / The Toft[?] / August 17, 1975. Four TV plays about the Brontë family, "based on Yorkshire Television's production." The inscribees were film director Richard Fleischer and his wife; Fry had written the screenplay for the Fleischer's 1961 film BARABBAS. Signed by Author View more info

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Unsold TV Pilots: The Almost Complete Guide to Everything You Never Saw ON TV 1955-1990

By: Goldberg, Lee

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Citadel Press/Carol Publishing Group: (c.1991)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7584

ISBN: 0-8065-1242-3

Condition: Very Good+


[some surface-scratching to front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photo frontispiece) "Documented here is the history of television shows, from the sublime to the ridiculous, that never made it to series. Entries for 300 pilots give plot summaries, casts, production credits, running times, airdates, and, in many cases, review quotes and the details behind the pilot's development and ultimate failure." View more info

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Ten Years Before the Mike [*SIGNED* to Mark Hellinger]

By: Husing, Ted

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15975

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[book is solid and clean, with some slightly uneven fading to the cloth; jacket lightly rubbed/soiled, with a fairly unobtrusive scratch on the front panel that has resulted in two tiny holes]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED with a bit of blank verse (to noted columnist Mark Hellinger) and SIGNED by the author on the ffep; inscription dated in the author's hand November 4, 1935. For anybody who listened to the radio during the pre-World War II era -- by which of course I mean virtually every man, woman and child in America -- Ted Husing's voice was a ubiquitous presence in their lives. He cove... View more info

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Backstage at Saturday Night Live! [*SIGNED*]

By: McKenzie, Michael

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Scholastic Book Services: (c.1980)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22576

ISBN: 0-590-30919-6

Condition: Very Good+


[moderate edgewear to covers]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED "To Joyce, who mothered the / four cover rascals!" and SIGNED by the author on the title page. An early behind-the-scenes book (perhaps the first?) about the long-running comedy sketch show, published just at the twilight of what we now think of as the "classic" first five years. This is of course a cleaned-up-for-Scholastic-readers version (no drugs or infighting here, oh no!), and the breakup of the original cast, although already well underway (Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi had departed after the 197... View more info

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Fourteen Radio Plays [*SIGNED*]

By: Oboler, Arch

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1940)

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15872

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy with just a trace of shelfwear, tiny nick in cloth at top edge of rear cover; jacket is remarkably fresh-looking despite a few tiny red stains along left edge of front panel, and one short closed tear at the top rear hinge]. INSCRIBED ("To Mark / in appreciation / of sanity") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A collection of radio plays -- according to the jacket blurb, the first such collection (by a single writer) to appear in book form -- by "radio's foremost playwright." In addition to the plays themselves, the book contains a Foreword by Lewis H. Tit... View more info

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The Singing Detective

By: Potter, Dennis

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Vintage Books: 1988 (c.1986)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 14137

ISBN: 0-679-72046-4

Condition: Near Fine


[nice unread copy, very light soiling to bottom edge, inside clean]. Trade PB Script for the acclaimed British TV series, about a hospitalized writer who "feverishly drifts between present and past, jumbling the facts of his life with the cheap fiction of his detective novels. He and the other characters periodically break into song, bizarrely miming the words from old 1940s recordings featuring everybody from Bing Crosby to Dick Haymes." [Note that this is the book club edition, not the trade paperback edition, although for all intents and purposes they are identical.] View more info

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Radio and Television: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography: Supplement Two, 1982-1986

By: Pringle, Peter K., and Helen H. Clinton

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Metuchen NJ/London, Scarecrow Press: 1989

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8658

ISBN: 0-8108-2158-3

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor exterior rubbing/scuffing, mostly to rear cover]. View more info

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Vic and Sade: The Best Radio Plays of Paul Rhymer

By: Rhymer, Paul (ed. by Mary Frances Rhymer)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Seabury Press: (c.1976)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16810

ISBN: 0-8164-9284-0

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[a solid copy, but with a dampstain affecting the bottom corners, front and rear, of both the jacket and the book; almost no effect on the book's pages, though, except for a minor stain at the bottom corner of the rear endpaper and the last text page]. These classic radio scripts are, quite simply, laugh-out-loud funny -- and occasionally so insanely imaginative as to border on the surreal. As Jean Shepherd puts it in his insightful foreword, "great reputations exist in the theater or the novel on far less profound and effective work that Rhymer's. In fact, he probably wrote more funny lin... View more info

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Naked City: The Television Series [*SIGNED*]

By: Rosin, James

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, The Autumn Road Company: (c.2008)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22395

Condition: Fine


[very nice, as-new book, with no discernible wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. Episode guide to the noted crime series (inspired by the 1948 feature film), which ran for four seasons on ABC-TV between 1958 and 1963. (It began as a half-hour show, with 39 episodes airing during its first year, after which it was cancelled by the network; re-tooled as an hour-long series, it returned to the air after a year's hiatus, eventually logging an additional 99 episodes over three seasons.) The book is pretty standard-issue in terms of format: each episode is tr... View more info

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Of Mice and Mickey: The Complete Guide to the Mickey Mouse Club

By: Rovin, Jeff

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Manor Books Inc.: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 6196

Condition: Very Good


[nice clean copy with moderate edge/corner wear, faint crease in spine]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) View more info

Image for Patterns: Four Television Plays with the Author's Commentaries [Patterns; The Rack; Old MacDonald Had a Curve; Requiem for a Heavyweight]

Patterns: Four Television Plays with the Author's Commentaries [Patterns; The Rack; Old MacDonald Had a Curve; Requiem for a Heavyweight]

By: Serling, Rod

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1957

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22404

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear, slight bumping to bottom corners, gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; jacket slightly browned at spine, a couple of tiny abrasions to front panel]. (B&W photographs) Four of the renowned TV dramatist's most successful (pre-Twilight Zone) teleplays, with approximately 5-6 pages of commentary on each; also includes an introductory essay, "About Writing for Television." View more info

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Top TV Shows of the Year 1954-1955

By: Settel, Irving, ed.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Hastings House/Comm. Arts: (c.1955)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5446

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [minimal shelfwear, minor soiling to top edge, paper-covered boards are a little browned around the edges, inside very clean]. (B&W photographs) Includes scripts from "Johns Hopkins Science Review"; "The Jackie Gleason Show (The Honeymooners)"; "See It Now" ("Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy"); "Elisha and the Long Knives" (Kraft TV Theatre); "Native Dancer" (Goodyear TV Playhouse); "The Thinking Heart" (Kraft TV Theatre); "Camel News Caravan"; "What's My Line?"; "Meet the Press"; "The Home... View more info

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The Best of Armstrong Circle Theatre

By: Settel, Trudy and Irving (adapted by)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Citadel Press: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20861

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


[covers rubbed and edgeworn, a little fading to spine; binding solid, internally clean]. Trade PB "The most talked-about television documentaries now presented in story form." Early examples of the "docu-drama" form; includes adaptations of "Buried 20,000 Years--The Dead Sea Scrolls" (original teleplay by Irve Tunick), " Thirty Days to Reconsider" (original teleplay by Roger Hirson, about a Los Angeles couple who attempt to save their marriage through counseling), and "Assignment--Junkie's Alley" (original teleplay by Mel Goldberg, about an undercover p... View more info

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The Television Industry: A Historical Dictionary

By: Slide, Anthony

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Greenwood Press: (c.1991)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17879

ISBN: 0-313-25634-9

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, top corners lightly bumped but no other discernible wear]. A-to-Z guide to the TV industry, with "more than 1,000 entries on production companies, distributors, organizations, genres, technical terms, and much, much more." Includes a general bibliography of reference books on television. Considering the changes in the TV business over the last twenty years, this book has become "historical" in more ways than one. View more info

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Some Joe You Don't Know: An American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities

By: Slide, Anthony

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Westport CT/London, Greenwood Press: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20774

ISBN: 0-313-29550-6

Condition: Near Fine


(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket) [spine slightly turned, no other significant wear]. (B&W photographs) Biographical essays, with bibliographies, on some of the British TV actors and actresses who are most widely known to American audiences. Incorporates transcripts of interviews with several of the subjects: Terence Alexander, Richard Briers, Benny Hill, Wendy Richard, Prunella Scales, and Moray Watson. Among the additional familiar names included are: Rowan Atkinson, Tom Baker, Jeremy Brett, Robbie Coltrane, Dame Edna Everedge (Barry Humphries), David Frost, Stephen Fry, Michael... View more info