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I Lost My Girlish Laughter

By: Allen, Jane (pseud.)

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1938

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 14431


(no dust jacket) [nice copy, spine a little turned, extremely light dampstaining on top edge (with occasional very slight bleeding onto top edges of some pages); paste-on illustrated label on front cover slightly rubbed/yellowed but still attractive, paste-on spine label faded and nearly unreadable]. A classic of Hollywood quasi-fiction, written pseudonymously by Jane Shore and Silvia Schulman; the latter had been personal secretary to famed producer David O. Selznick,... View more info

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Palace of Light

By: Atlas, Jacoba

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton: 1989

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 664


[light shelfwear, one bent page corner; jacket a little rubbed but no tears or chips]. A love story set against the backdrop of labor unrest and the early days of the motion picture industry in Los Angeles. [Although this goes unmentioned in the jacket copy, the author did her college dissertation on the history of Hollywood labor unions, and is also the daughter of screenwriter Leopold Atlas, whose notable credits included THE STORY OF G.I. JOE (for which he received a... View more info

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The Lovomaniacs

By: Barrett, Rona

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Nash Publishing: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 890


[solid clean book, light age-toning to page edges, minor shelfwear; jacket has various tiny nicks along top edge, 1/4" triangular chip at base of spine, spine slightly color-shifted]. The only novel by "Miss Rona," at the time one of Hollywood's best-known columnists/commentators. Film historian/ bibliographer Anthony Slide writes in his bibliography, "The Hollywood Novel: A Critical Guide to Over 1200 Works": "In view of the author's background, ... View more info

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The Bette Davis Murder Case

By: Baxt, George

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17612


[very nice copy, tight and clean, no discernible wear; jacket has a tiny tear and slight scrunching at top of spine, otherwise in almost perfect condition]. In another of his movie-star-starring period murder mysteries, Baxt puts Bette Davis in London, renting the museum-like mansion of a famous archaeologist "for a few months of relaxation while her Hollywood lawyers renegotiate her contract, but instead of peace and quiet, she gets embroiled in murder." And h... View more info

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The Greta Garbo Murder Case [*SIGNED*]

By: Baxt, George

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1992

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20600


[light shelfwear, small light pink smudge on half-title page; jacket shows light wear at extremities, small tear and slight associated creasing at top rear foldover, tiny scuffed spot near top center of front panel]. SIGNED by the author (signature only) on the title page. Another in Baxt's long-running series of period murder mysteries centered around famous movie people in an ingeniously-imagined alternative Hollywood -- in this instance, Greta Garbo (instead of termi... View more info

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The New Confessions [*SIGNED*]

By: Boyd, William

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company: (c.1988)

Edition: 3rd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15281


[moderately shelfworn, slight split to board at bottom front corner, hinges a tad bit sprung (although binding is completely solid), very faint soiling to page edges; jacket rubbed and a bit wrinkled]. INSCRIBED ("To ____ / all my best wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The epic story of "one of the great self-appointed (and failed) geniuses of the twentieth century," Scottish-born filmmaker John James Todd. Signed by Author View more info

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What the Movies Made Me Do [*SIGNED*]

By: Braudy, Susan

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3237


[remainder mark bottom edge, some wear to edges/corners of book; jacket has traces of wear along top edge, very slight fading to spine]. SIGNED on the ffep by the author, with a generic, non-personalized inscription ("Enjoy the book! I hope you laugh!"). Signed by Author View more info

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The Shoestring Symphony

By: Broekman, David

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1948

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16096


(price-clipped) [solid clean copy, bumped at bottom corners but no other significant wear, attractive (if generic) bookplate with previous owner's signature on ffep; jacket shows wear at edges and corners, a few small tears, shallow chipping at spine ends, tiny piece missing at bottom right-hand corner of front panel, considerable fading to spine (where the title is almost unreadable)]. Interesting Hollywood not-quite-novel (although the front panel of the jacket calls ... View more info

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Keep It Real [*SIGNED*]

By: Bryan, Bill

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Madison WI, Bleak House Books: (c.2007)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16121


[nice tight clean copy, with no discernible wear; jacket shows faint surface handling wear, short diagonal crease in rear flap]. SIGNED and DATED by the author on the title page. Satirical novel about an investigative reporter-turned-reality-show producer who uses the show to investigate the disappearance of a gangsta rapper's girlfriend. The author's debut novel. Signed by Author View more info

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The Manipulator

By: Cilento, Diane

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: (c.1967)

Edition: 1st Edition ("A")

Seller ID: 13452


[nice clean copy, spine slightly turned, bottom corners lightly bumped; jacket sunned at spine, otherwise just a bit of wear at extremities]. The first of two novels written by the New Guinea-born actress perhaps best known (I guess) for having been married to noted book jacket designer Sean Connery from 1962 to 1973. Set at "an international film festival in Acapulco," and revolving around "a group of film stars and executives." Write what you know, th... View more info

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The Face on the Cutting Room Floor [*SIGNED*]

By: Cutler, Stan

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Dutton: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18073


[no discernable wear to book itself; jacket shows a trace of surface rubbing, very minor wear along bottom edge of front panel]. INSCRIBED to veteran TV writer Mel Tolkin, and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. The second adventure of private-eyes-to-the-stars Rayford Goodman and Mark Bradley, who narrate this tale of a Tinseltown murder in alternating chapters. Signed by Author View more info

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Children of Hollywood

By: Demarest, Phyllis Gordon

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: 1929

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 21136


(no dust jacket) [moderate wear to extremities, age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's small address label at top corner of front pastedown, faint staining to front cover, two-inch tear in bottom of pages 147/148]. Romance that takes place in and around Hollywood rather than a "Hollywood novel" per se -- but although bibliographer Anthony Slide more or less dismisses it as having "little film-related material," there's still a certain amount... View more info

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Flashback

By: Dooley, Roger

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co. /Crime Club: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2605


[moderate wear at extremities, spine turned; jacket shows some wear corners, small tears with minor paper loss at top of spine, a little wrinkling at base of spine]. Mystery novel concerning a staff writer for a film magazine who gets involved in a murder case while investigating an old-time Hollywood scandal. View more info

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Laid Out

By: Eliason, Joyce

Price: $9.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1976

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2738


[clean and tight, with a little shelfwear at the bottom; traces of wear at corners of DJ, a bit of wrinkling along the top edge]. After a young film director named Wally Black dies of a heart attack in an airport phone booth, five women who were variously involved with him tell their stories. The book "smoothly [catches] the rhythm of a contemporary Hollywood life that is off limits to most of us. Here, that bizarre and kinky life is literally laid out, its ambiance... View more info

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Pandaemonium

By: Epstein, Leslie

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15037


[nice tight clean book, with no discernible wear, NO remainder or other marks; jacket shows faint wear at extremities, slight surface-peel damage at top rear corner]. "The definitive novel of Hollywood in its most glamorous era, a work that examines the very roots of film itself, and their hold upon the dark, underground forces of instinct and imagination. Narrated by the ever-wise, yet sexually tormented Peter Lorre, this book assembles a huge cast of Hollywood type... View more info

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The 21" Screen

By: Fadiman, Edwin Jr.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1958

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2506


[small star stamped on ffep, else a flawless copy; DJ soiled, chipped/dog-eared at spine extremities, spine a bit discolored]. Novel about a big-time TV star, the enormously popular host of a daytime network talk/variety show, who had once been an ambitious young writer. Flashback chapters show how he went wrong. View more info

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Shivering in the Sun

By: Fadiman, William

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Wilshire House: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14229


[nice copy, with just a slight bump to the bottom rear corner; faint wear to jacket at a couple of corners]. "...a moral fable set in a slyly portrayed amoral world, peopled with the archetypes beloved in Hollywood. This wicket romp through the machinations of ambition is set in a skewed Los Angeles circa 1963. Judd Haber, the agent's agent, a far-from-perfect Everyman, is estranged from his past (his name used to be Jacob Haber), from his wife and his family. His ... View more info

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Come Back Dead; a Scott Elliott Mystery

By: Faherty, Terence

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1997)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3190


[covers bowed slightly outward, top front corner bumped]. A mystery novel set in 1950's Hollywood, in which "Carson Drury" (read Orson Welles) attempts to buy back the rights to his failed second film, " The Imperial Albertsons," in order to re-shoot the original ending and restore his tarnished reputation. View more info

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The Big Dream [*SIGNED*]

By: Fisher, Steve

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 10124


[good tight copy, internally clean but with some irregular faded spots on front cover as a result of once-dampened dust jacket; jacket is mildly edgeworn, water-stained at upper spine and upper left-hand corner of front panel (although because of the jacket design it's relatively unobtrusive), plus there's a triangular chip at the top front hinge (affecting both the front panel and top of spine)]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. This hard-boiled veteran... View more info

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The Distant Laughter [*SIGNED*]

By: Forbes, Bryan

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1972)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22589


INSCRIBED "To Gordon / with much affection always / & happy memories of / the prison compound at / Gower Street!" and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, additional dated "Sept. 1973." Novel by the noted actor-turned-film director/producer/writer, about "a marriage and a love affair carried on in the midst of the glamour, cynicism, and sordidness of the international movie world" (a scene the author knew all too well). According to Hollywood ficti... View more info