Hardcover. NY, Knopf, 1st, 2002, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket, 592 pages, b&w illustrations. Samuel Fuller, independent director-producer extraordinaire, tells the story of his life, a life that spanned most of the twentieth century. His twenty-nine tough, gritty pictures made from 1949 to 1989 set out to capture the truth of war, racism, and human frailties, and incorporate some of his own experiences. He writes of his years in the newspaper business--selling papers as a boy on the streets of New York, working for Hearst's New York Journal American, first as a copyboy, then as personal runner for the famous Hearst editor in chief Arthur Brisbane. His film Park Row was inspired by his years as a reporter for the New York Evening Graphic, where his beat included murders, suicides, state executions, and race riots--he scooped every other New York paper with his coverage of the death by drug overdose of the legendary Jeanne Eagels. Fuller talks about directing his first picture (he also wrote the script), I Shot Jesse James . . . and how, as a result, he was sought after by every major studio, choosing to work for Darryl Zanuck of Twentieth Century Fox. We see him becoming one of the most prolific, independent-minded writer-directors, turning out seven pictures in six years, among them Pickup on South Street, House of Bamboo, and China Gate. He writes about making Underworld U.S.A., a movie that shows how gangsters in the 1960s were no longer seen as thugs but as "respected" tax-paying executives . . . about the making of the movie Shock Corridor--about a journalist trying to solve a murder in a lunatic asylum--which exposed the conditions in mental institutions . . . and about White Dog (written in collaboration with Curtis Hanson), a film so controversial that Paramount's then studio heads, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner, refused to release it. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Berkeley CA, University of California Press, 1st, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 417 pages. Hardcover. B&w photographs throughout. Silver gilt titles on spine. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket.
Hardcover. Woodstock, NY, Overlook Press, 1st, 1973, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 223 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Clean, tight copy. Light wear to dust jacket. Includes fifteen famous stills from the film. Released in December 1942, "Casablanca" is the classic of all classic films, the enduring triumph of Hollywood's golden age. This volume contains the complete screenplay as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how the Oscar-winning movie was made.
Softcover. reprint, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Unknown publisher. Pink paper wrappers, 8 1/2 by 11", 137 pages, xeroxed pages, 3-hole punched and bound with metal brads. No date but code on top of pages reads #PF-134. Clean.
Hardcover. Lexington KY, University Press of Kentucky, 1st, 2022, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. A Hollywood screenwriting and movie-making icon, Ernest Lehman penned some of the most memorable scenes to ever grace the silver screen. Hailed by Vanity Fair as "perhaps the greatest screenwriter in history," Lehman's work on films such as North by Northwest, The King and I, Sabrina, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music helped define a generation of movie making. But while his talent took center stage, the public knew little of Lehman himself, a native of Manhattan's Upper West Side and the Five Towns of Long Island devoted to his wife of 50 years. His relentless perfectionism, hypochondria and all-night writing sessions fueled by tequila and grilled cheese sandwiches were some of the quirks that made Lehman a legend in the Hollywood community.
Hardcover. NY, Doubleday, 1st, 1979, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 369 pages, b&w photos. In a bright, unclipped dust jacket. The author presents a memoir of her father the well-known playwright, producer, director and screenwriter of such Hollywood classics as The Desert Fox, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Three Faces of Eve, The Dirty Dozen and many others.
Softcover. New York, Warner Brothers, N/A, n/a, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Paper wrappers, screenplay xeroxed on 3-hole punched paper and bound with metal brads. No draft mentioned, no date, 146 pages. Probably a pirated copy. Clean, very good.
Hardcover. University Press of Kentucky, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket. 279 pages, b&w photos. With a career that spanned from the silent era to the 1990s, British screenwriter Charles Bennett (1899-1995) lived an extraordinary life. His experiences as an actor, director, playwright, film and television writer, and novelist in both England and Hollywood left him with many amusing anecdotes, opinions about his craft, and impressions of the many famous people he knew. Among other things, Bennett was a decorated WWI hero, an eminent Shakespearean actor, and an Allied spy and propagandist during WWII, but he is best remembered for his commercially and critically acclaimed collaborations with directors Sir Alfred Hitchcock and Cecil B. DeMille. The fruitful partnership began after Hitchcock adapted Bennett's play Blackmail (1929) as the first British sound film. Their partnership produced six thrillers: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), Sabotage (1936), Secret Agent (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), and Foreign Correspondent (1940). In this witty and intriguing book, Bennett discusses how their collaboration created such famous motifs as the "wrong man accused" device and the MacGuffin. He also takes readers behind the scenes with the Master of Suspense, offering his thoughts on the director's work, sense of humor, and personal life.
Hardcover. NY, Villard Books, 1st, 1990, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket, 306 pages. The author of "Adventures in the Screen Trade" provides an inside look at the Cannes Film Festivals and the Miss America Pageant from his unique perspective as a judge, offering anecdotes about the judging process. Clean copy.
Softcover. New Brunswick NJ, Rutgers University Press, 1st, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 346 pages. Illustrated with black and white photographs of scenes from the film. This volume includes the complete continuity script of the film, critical commentary and published reviews, interviews with the director, and a filmography and bibliography. It also includes an excellent introduction by Lucy Fischer. Light fading to spine, otherwise clean.
Softcover. NY, Viking Press , 1st, 1972, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 148 pages. Lehman's Oscar nominated screenplay for Hitchcock's great 1959 film. Illustrated with 25 b&w stills. Name on front fly leaf otherwise clean, sharp copy.
Hardcover. Los Angeles, Really Great Books, 1st, 1999, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. 265 pages.From the co-creator of "Mr. Magoo," and screenwriter for "Gun Crazy" (1950, front for Dalton Trumbo), "Unknown World" (1951), "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1955), and "Klansman" (1974), Millard expands on the craft of screenwriting. Clean copy.
Hardcover. NY, Thunder's Mouth Press; Nation Books, 1st, 2003, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 464 pages, b&w photos. In a bright, unclipped dust jacket. As the McCarthyite witch hunt gathered momentum in the postwar years, screenwriter Norma Barzman and her husband were driven from Hollywood into an emotionally difficult thirty-year exile in France. The Red and the Blacklist is a unique record of the political tempests of the time, marked by the author's dazzling power of reflection and insight, and animated by a larger-than-life cast of supporting characters including Pablo Picasso, Harold Robbins, Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Losey, John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Groucho Marx and--in a delightful cameo--a very young Marilyn Monroe.
Softcover. Monterey Park, O.S.P. Publishing, 1st, 1994, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 104 pages. Paperback. Illustrated with 8 pages of film stills. Small wrinkle/tear on front cover window. Otherwise clean, tight copy.
Softcover. NY, E.P. Dutton, 1st, 1973, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, unpaginated, b&w plates. Illustrated with stills from the 1924 film. compiled and annotated with a foreword by Herman Weinberg. Probably Stroheim"s best remembered work as a director is Greed, a detailed filming of the novel McTeague by Frank Norris. Previous owner's name inside front cover, otherwise clean. Light soiling to wrappers, shelfwear.
Hardcover. NY, Abrams, 1st, 2021, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Two large hardcovers in a slipcase, 512 pages. The Story of Marvel Studios is the first-ever, fully authorized, all-access history of Marvel Studios' creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as told by the producers, writers, directors, concept artists, VFX artists, cast, and crew who brought it to life. Year-by-year, project-by-project, the studio's founding and meteoric growth are described through detailed personal stories, anecdotes, and remembrances of noteworthy challenges, breakthrough milestones, and history-making successes. Featuring archival materials, concept art, film stills, memorabilia from cast and crew, and rare promotional art, these volumes will take fans on a journey through Marvel Studios' creative challenges, breakthroughs, and successes of the past decade. These visuals are joined by exclusive interviews with key producers, studio heads, and core cast members such as Kevin Feige, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, and more. Clean, bright set.
Softcover. New York, Mirage Enterprises, N/A, 1982, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Paper wrappers, screenplay xeroxed on 3-hole punched paper and bound with metal brads. No draft mentioned but dated March 8 1982, 145 pages. The copied title page has the signature of Jessica Lange (NOT THE ORIGINAL). The orange paper cover has "Tootsie" written in pen. Possible name covered by "white-out" on top corner of title page. Otherwise, clean, very good.
Hardcover. NY, Scribner, 2nd pr., 1997, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 475 pages, b&w photos, in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. Remainder line on bottom edge. A biography of Frances Marion, one of the earliest--and for many years the most successful--screenwriters in Hollywood. Cari Beauchamp masterfully combines biography with social and cultural history to examine the lives of Frances Marion and her many female colleagues who shaped filmmaking from 1912 through the 1940s.
Hardcover. London, Heinemann, 1st UK, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 251 pages. Hardcover. Clean, tight copy. The Previously Unpublished Introduction, Commentary and Script for the Film VIVA ZAPATA! Clean copy.