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HOLLYWOOD NOVELS

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1 BLOCK, LIBBIE The Hills of Beverly. A Novel of About the Royal Families of the Motion Picture World
Garden City Doubleday 1957 
First Edition. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some tiny chipping and tears. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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2 EPSTEIN, LESLIE Pandaemonium
New York St. Martin's Press 1997 
First Edition. Uncorrected proof copy. Fine in specially printed wrappers. A Hollywood novel set in the 1940s narrated by actor Peter Lorre. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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3 GARDNER, WILLIAM LOUIS Confessions of a Hollywood Agent (ISBN: 097223120X / 0-9722312-0-X)
Bemidji, MN Bald Eagle Publishing Co. 2003 
First Edition - Paperback Original. Signed and inscribed by the author, William Gardner: “To my dear Lyn, who through the years made me look good. Best wishes, Your pal, Bill Gardner. 2/14/03.” Very good plus copy with a hint of use in printed wrappers. A novel set in 1950s Hollywood featuring murder, intrigue, and power. William Louis Gardner worked as a secretary, agent, and personal manager for such Hollywood notables as Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, and John Huston. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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4 GUILD, LEO The Studio. The Real Story of a Hollywood Bitch
New York Holloway House 1969 
First Edition. Paperback original. An “adult novel” which tells the story: “Guild came into the picture as a press agent who soon found out he had to become a pimp to survive. He watched as the bitch made love in front of him, and then paid her lovers to keep quiet”. Paperbound. Fine in pictorial wrappers. Cover is a photograph of a naked woman in a director's chair, a cigarette holder in one hand and dark sunglasses in the other. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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5 KEENE, DAY Framed in Guilt
New York M.S. Mill Co. & William Morrow & Co. 1949 
First Edition of the Author's First Novel. Lightly used copy with some edge wear without dust jacket. Framed in Guilt tells a tale of blackmail, murder, and clever treachery - all involving a Hollywood screenwriter. Day Keene is the pseudonym of Chicago-born mystery and detective writer, Gunard Hjerstedt (1903 - 1969). After initially pursuing a career as an actor, he turned to writing for radio and for the short story pulp trade (Ace G-Man Stories, Dime Mystery, Black Mask) where an editor suggested that Gunard change his name to something more American sounding, which he accomplished by adapting his mother's maiden name, Daisy Keeney, to Day Keene. Keene was part of a lively and creative community of writers, including Mickey Spillane, Harry Whittington, Gil Brewer, Talmage Powell, and John D. MacDonald - the competitive nature of which inspired some of the best hardboiled crime paperback original novels of the early 1950s, published by Gold Medal, Ace, Avon, Graphic, among others, with Macfadden reprinting much of Keene's work to wide success in the late 1960s. Unlike many of his writing peers, Keene had only one recurring character - the Hawaiian private detective, Johnny Aloha. 
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6 LEE, JAMES Hollywood Agent
New York Macaulay 1937 
First Edition. A madcap story about Joe Flowers, dedicated agent and admirer of Mary Merriweather, a starlet who is also ardently pursued by Mr. Bloomberg the apex of Apex Productions. Dampstaining and a couple water rings to front board, else very good without dust jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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7 O'CROTTY, PETER Malibu Cove
Culver City Murray & McGee 1948 
First Edition, First Printing. A vintage look in fiction of Hollywood's beach playground town, Malibu California. One of the leading characters is “Ferdy the Fabulous, a movie director whose more pretty girls than Central Casting.” Fine in a very slightly used dust jacket with a few tiny tears. The front of the dust jacket is colorful affair of a group of three topless mermaids sitting on rocks. Very scarce. Peter O'Crotty wrote the screen adaptation of Howard Hughes's 1950 crime drama, Vendetta, and at one time worked for Walt Disney writing dialogue for Donald Duck cartoons. He also appeared as an actor in Sam Peckinpah's first first feature western, The Deadly Companions (1961), and the 1972 sci-fi classic, Night of the Lepus. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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8 SHAGAN, STEVE A Cast of Thousands
New York Pocket Books 1993 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Steve Shagan on the title page. A novel set in Hollywood “where art is a line at the box office, the closest thing to family is a smile from the maitre d...and fiction takes its cues from the always extravagant truth.” Fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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9 SHUMATE, HAROLD Roué the Fourth
New York Macaulay 1934 
First Edition. A Hollywood novel involving a family of great actors named the Danas (loosely based on the Barrymore family) showing the ins and outs of the Hollywood studio system during the 1930s. The jacket describes the novel as being alive with real studio characters and their parasites: “the crude but shrewdly understanding producer, the woman who knew how to write Dana's parts for him, the director able to build up or break down any actor, the young girl who adored a screen myth, the dangerous woman, wise in the ways of resisting desertion, even desertion in the grand manner of a Dana.” Bookstore stamp. Very good in a slightly chipped dust jacket. The front panel of the dust jacket shows a Gary Cooperish looking film star on a movie set being fawned over by a group of starlets. Very scarce. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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10 STONEBRAKER, FLORENCE Love Life of a Hollywood Mistress
New York Quarter Books 1950 
First Edition. Paperback Original. Very good bright copy with some very light creasing and use, with a few small tears to the blank margins of a few pages. Illustrated. The story of Wanda Russell, “a Hollywood harlot whose only faults were an overwhelming yen for money and an insatiable thirst for thrills!” The cover illustration is a color painting of a glamorous readhead in a low-cut fur-trimmed gown smoking a cigarette flashing sexy green eyes, a diamond or two, and a pair of shapely stockinged legs. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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11 TOLKIN, MICHAEL (WILDER, BILLY) The Player
New York Atlantic Monthly 1988 
First Edition. From the library of the great film director Billy Wilder, signed and inscribed by the author, Michael Tolkin, to Mr. Wilder: “For Billy Wilder - With greatest admiration. Michael Tolkin, September 7, 1988.” Laid in is a typed letter signed from Michael Tolkin to Billy Wilder, dated September 7, 1988, and reads in full: “Dear Mr. Wilder, I'm enclosing a copy of my novel, The Player. I don't know whether to say it's about Hollywood, or just that it's set in Hollywood, and that it's really about Washington, but it doesn't matter. I would love for you to read it. Kindest regards, Michael Tolkin.” Fine copy in a near fine bright dust jacket with a hint of fading to the spine. ‘The Player' was made into a feature film with a screenplay by Tolkin, directed by Robert Altman, starring a terrific ensemble cast, including Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dean Stockwell, Richard E. Grant, Sydney Pollack, and Lyle Lovett. It received three Oscar nominations - Best Director, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, and Best Film Editing. It was also made into a film for television, with a teleplay by Tolkin, and starred Patrick Dempsey, Michael Parks, Archie Kao, Jennifer Garner, and Jennifer Grey. Tolkin is also the writer of the films ‘The Rapture,' ‘The New Age,' ‘Deep Impact,' ‘Changing Lanes,' and ‘Nine.' Billy Wilder's legendary status in Hollywood as a director, screenwriter, and producer includes such classic films as Ninotchka, Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Stalag 17, Some Like it Hot, The Seven Year Itch, The Apartment, and The Fortune Cookie. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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12 WOOLFOLK, WILLIAM The Beautiful Couple
Cleveland World Publishing 1968 
First Edition. Review copy with the publisher's notice laid in. A child star cum box-office bash and a handsome womanizer play out their relationship against the power-mad, pleasure-hungry background of Hollywood. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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