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Image for Hollywood on Trial: The Story of the 10 Who Were Indicted

Hollywood on Trial: The Story of the 10 Who Were Indicted

By: Kahn, Gordon

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Boni & Gaer: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24141

Condition: Very Good in Poor dj


[decent sound book, moderate wear to extremities, light soiling and age-toning to edges of text block; jacket heavily chipped at and around spine ends, paper loss at several corners, old internal masking-tape repairs to various tears/splits, all in all kind of a mess]. "What were you doing on September 13, 1947? On that day some of Hollywood's most distinguished authors, stars, directors and producers were commanded to appear befor the House un-American Activities Committee in Washington where they and the pictures they produced were charged with being 'subversive.'" Those hearings r... View more info

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A Cast of Killers [*SIGNED*]

By: Kirkpatrick, Sidney D.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1986)

Edition: 3rd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 14660

ISBN: 0-525-24390-9

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[minor shelfwear, top front corner bumped; jacket shows almost no wear, "Autographed Copy" label on front panel (which can be removed at buyer's request)]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. "The Sensational True Story of Hollywood's Most Scandalous Murder--Covered Up for Sixty Years and Solved at Last by the Great Film Director King Vidor." Well, true enough that the long-unsolved 1922 murder of director/ playboy William Desmond Taylor was "Hollywood's Most Scandalous Murder" -- equally true that director King Vidor was long obsessed with the c... View more info

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A Separate Cinema: Fifty Years of Black-Cast Posters

By: Kisch, John, and Edward Mapp

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1992

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18890

ISBN: 0-374-26101-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[previous owner's name in ink at top of ffep, otherwise Fine, with no significant wear to book; jacket slightly scuffed in one small area at right edge of front panel]. (color reproductions; B&W photographs) Preface by Spike Lee; introduction by Donald Bogle. Beautiful color reproductions of more than 200 posters dating from 1915 to 1965, providing "a unique glimpse of another era and of the extraordinary energy and spirit that characterized early black film." View more info

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A Long Look at Short Films: An A.C.T.T. Report on the Short Entertainment and Factual Film

By: Knight, Derrick, and Vincent Porter

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Oxford/London/etc., Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians, in association with Pergamon Press: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14940

Condition: Good+


[moderate wear, light soiling to page edges, minor rubbing/creasing to covers; binding sound, text unmarked]. Trade PB "The authors provide a penetrating study of the short film industry in Great Britain and present suggestions as to ways in which the British film industry can be restored to energetic and profitable life by concentration on development of the short film." (Hm. Wonder how that worked out?) "The contents are grouped under four main headings: Introductory Facts; The Entertainment Film; The Factual Film; and Conclusion, and within this framework many specialized asp... View more info

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Great Film Stills of the German Silent Era: 125 Stills from the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek

By: Kobal, John, comp. and ed.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Dover Publications, Inc.: (c.1981)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22210

ISBN: 0-486-24195-5

Condition: Very Good+


[slight curling to front cover, light surface wear to covers]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) A collection of stunning still images from the apex of the German silent cinema, reproduced one or two on a page, including scenes from films by Robert Wiene, Fritz Lang, G.W. Pabst, Ernst Lubitsch, F.W. Murnau, Joe May, E.A. Dupont, and others. Features an introduction by the eminent German film historian Lotte Eisner, plus a brief essay on the Gerhardt Lamprecht collection, from which the photos are primarily drawn; both pieces are in German and English. View more info

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Hemingway and the Movies

By: Laurence, Frank M.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Jackson, University Press of Mississippi: (c.1981)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19189

ISBN: 0-87805-115-5

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


(price-clipped) [a bit of wear to book at spine ends, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket is bright and almost like new, the price-clipping being the only significant flaw]. (B&W photographs) Comprehensive analysis (sometimes including production history) of all fifteen of the Hollywood films based on Ernest Hemingway's books or stories. Includes individual chapters devoted to THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, A FAREWELL TO ARMS, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, THE KILLERS and FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, as well a chapter devoted specifically to the ways in which his books were censored for the screen, a discu... View more info

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Behind the Motion-Picture Screen

By: Lescarboura, Austin C.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Benjamin Blom, Inc.: 1971

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 15414

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice copy, with just a bit of soiling to the bottom edge]. (B&W photographs) "How the Scenario Writer, Director, Cameraman, Scene Painter and Carpenter, Laboratory Man, Art Director, Property Man, Electrician, Projector Operator and Others Contribute Their Share of Work Toward the Realization of the Wonderful Photoplays of Today; and How the Motion Picture is Rapidly Extending Into Many Fields Aside from that of Entertainment." Beautifully-produced reissue (even if they did misspell the author's name on the spine) of a work originally issued in 1919. Ext... View more info

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Screening Spaces: Women and Motion Pictures in America, 1908-1917

By: Lindsey, Shelley Stamp

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Ann Arbor MI, UMI Dissertation Services: 1995 (c.1994)

Edition: Unstated ed

Seller ID: 14904

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[a little soiling to bottom edge, some minor annotations in first 25 pages of text, a couple of diagonally-creased page corners]. Doctoral dissertation from NYU (printed from microfilm), describing "how cinema helped shape the social maps of modern America by investing three sites crucial to the transfiguration of gendered domains in the pre-War era: the home, a space with which women remained deeply associated; city streets, where women now congregated; and the political arena, where they hoped to participate." View more info

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Universal City -- North Hollywood: A Centennial Portrait: An Illustrated History

By: Link, Tom

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Chatsworth CA, Windsor Publications, Inc.: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20088

ISBN: 0-89781-393-6

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely copy, no discernible wear to book at all; the slightest bit of wrinkling to jacket at top edge of front panel]. (B&W and color photographs) The author "explores the area's rich history -- from the early days of the dons to the era of the 'Home of the Peach,' to the recent years so dramatically influenced by the entertainment industry." Although truly a local history, a substantial part of the book is of course devoted to Universal Pictures, which first set up shop in the Cahuenga Pass in 1912 and opened Universal City itself three years later. View more info

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It's a Gift

By: Louvish, Simon

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, British Film Institute/BFI Publishing: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15043

ISBN: 0-85170-472-7

Condition: Very Good+


[nice clean copy, light handling wear, minor bumping to bottom corners of a few pages]. (BFI Film Classics) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) Critical and historical discussion of W.C. Fields's great 1934 film IT'S A GIFT, including "tracing back the origins in Fields's stage work of the wonderful set pieces from which the film is constructed." (Carl LaFong ... capital L, small a, capital F, small o, small n, small g...) View more info

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Cinema Verite in America: Studies in Uncontrolled Documentary

By: Mamber, Stephen

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Cambridge & London, The MIT Press: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21959

ISBN: 0-262-13092-0

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[spine a bit turned, slight bumping at top of spine, a little fading to cloth at base of spine, internally nice and clean; jacket edgeworn and rubbed, small closed tear at top front hinge]. (B&W photographs) The first full-length critical study of the style of documentary filmmaking that arose during the 1960s, the hallmark of which was filmmakers' innovative (and sometimes aggressive) use of special lightweight cameras and portable tape recorders. "The author outlines both the broad patterns of the cinema-verite approach and the divergent directions taken by members of the cinema-verite ... View more info

Image for Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction

Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction

By: Marchetti, Gina

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Berkeley, University of California Press: (c.1993)

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 15983

ISBN: 0-520-08495-0

Condition: Very Good


[good clean copy, slight bends to top corners of both covers; text unmarked in any way]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) This examination of the depiction of Asians and interracial sexuality in Hollywood films shows "how fantasy-dramas of interracial rape, lynching, tragic love, and model marriage are powerfully evident in American cinema. [She] brings the theoretical perspective of recent writing on race, ethnicity, and gender to her analyses of film and television and argues persuasively that these media help to perpetuate social and racial inequality in America. Her book will be certain t... View more info

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Republic Confidential: Volume 2: The Players

By: Mathis, Jack

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Barrington IL, Jack Mathis Advertising: 1992

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18844

ISBN: 0-9632878-0-X

Condition: Fine


(pictorial boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [lovely, as-new condition]. (B&W photographs) An exhaustive, fully-indexed catalog of every actor and actress who ever received screen credit for an appearance in a Republic Pictures movie, with additional documentation regarding the studio's contract players. Includes a photograph, it seems, of just about every one of them -- many more for the contract players, which included Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, although with numerous stalwart character actors, whose names evoke their faces for legions of B-movie buffs: Roy Barcroft, Smiley Burnette, Ray M... View more info

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Underworld U.S.A.

By: McArthur, Colin

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1972

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 17008

ISBN: 0-670-01953-4

Condition: Very Good


[moderate external wear; binding solid, text clean]. (Cinema One) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) "A two-part book dealing with the history and development of the Hollywood gangster film (and its offshoot during the forties, the thriller or film noir)." The first section explores the genre's "characteristic themes, patterns, iconography, and actors," while the second section discusses the work of notable filmmakers who have worked within the genre: Fritz Lang, John Huston, Samuel Fuller, Nicholas Ray, Jules Dassin, Elia Kazan, Don Siegel, Robert Siodmak, and Jean-Pierre Melv... View more info

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Motion Picture Directing: The Facts and Theories of the Newest Art

By: Milne, Peter

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Falk Publishing Co.: (c.1922)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22034

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [light wear to extremities, bookplate on front pastedown; gilt lettering still bright on front cover, a little dulled on spine]. (B&W photographs) "Used as a Supplementary Text in New York Institute of Photography." Directors whose work is discussed or whose views are expressed include D.W. Griffith, William De Mille, Cecil B.DeMille, Rex Ingram, Frank Borzage, Thomas H. Ince, Ernst Lubitsch, Joe May and Marshall Neilan. Also includes chapters devoted to slapstick comedy, serials, music, art direction, etc. View more info

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The First Twenty Years: A Segment of Film History

By: Niver, Kemp R. (edited by Bebe Bergsten)

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Locare Research Group: (c.1968)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18060

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, otherwise a clean, sound copy, with tiny bookstore rubber-stamped name on ffep, bookstore label on copyright page; light soiling and handling wear to mostly-white jacket, a few tiny tears at spine ends]. (B&W photographs) Using frame blow-ups from film prints in the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection (which he was instrumental in saving from destruction), the author provides an illuminating look at the cinema in its infancy. View more info

Image for Mary Pickford, Comedienne [*SIGNED*]

Mary Pickford, Comedienne [*SIGNED*]

By: Niver, Kemp R. (edited by Bebe Bergsten)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Locare Research Group: (c.1969)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18853

ISBN: 091398602X

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, top front corner bumped; jacket lightly soiled and a little age-toned, minor wrinkling near top of front panel]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) INSCRIBED ("To Sydney [sic] Solow") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Essentially a "films-of-Mary Pickford" chronicle, but limited to only those films in which she "appeared as a comedienne, either as the principal actress, or in a supporting role" for the Biograph Company from 1909 through 1912; the illustrations consist primarily of reproductions of "Biograph Bulletins" (the company's trade... View more info

Image for Black Films and Film-makers: A Comprehensive Anthology from Stereotype to Superhero

Black Films and Film-makers: A Comprehensive Anthology from Stereotype to Superhero

By: Patterson, Lindsay, ed.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: (c.1975)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20909

ISBN: 0-396-06843-X

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear, minor soiling to bottom edge, shallow dent in top edge of rear cover; jacket lightly rubbed, with a bit of wer to edges and extremities, minor paper loss at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) Selected articles and essays from the 1920s to the 1970s. Individual films to which entire pieces are dedicated include THE BIRTH OF A NATION, HEARTS IN DIXIE, CARMEN JONES, SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG, SOUNDER and BOOK OF NUMBERS. Contributors include Albert Johnson, Thomas R. Cripps, Robert Benchley, Edward Mapp, Melvin Van Peebles, Charles Michener, and Pauline Kael. Selected F... View more info

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Aviation in the Cinema

By: Pendo, Stephen

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Metuchen NJ/London, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17081

ISBN: 0-8108-1746-2

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, very light wear to book extremities, minor scuffing to front cover]. (B&W photographs) Comprehensive history of "feature motion pictures, made-for-television films, and television series that feature some aspect of aviation." Includes an extensive bibliography and full name/title index. View more info

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The Politics of Glamour: Ideology and Democracy in the Screen Actors Guild

By: Prindle, David F.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Madison WI, University of Wisconsin Press: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14149

ISBN: 0-299-11810-X

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket a bit rubbed/scuffed]. (B&W photographs) "Drawing upon interviews, film rchives, press reports, and the documents of the Guild itself, [the author] examines the founding and growth of the Screen Actors Guild in the union battleground of the 1930s, when craft and industrial unions struggled for national dominance and organized crime attempted to muscle in on Hollywood. He analyzes its politics during the bitter factionalism of the era of the Hollywood blacklist and its efforts to protect its members as television radically change... View more info