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21 DIETZ, HOWARD Dancing in the Dark
New York Quadrangle/New York Times Book Company 1974 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Howard Dietz, beneath the title on the title page: “Words by Howard Dietz.” Additionally signed and inscribed on the dedication page, by the dedicate, costume designer and wife of Howard Dietz, Lucinda Ballard. Her inscription reads: “Lucinda Ballard, pleased at being asked to autograph, 30 Nov. 1974.” Lucinda Ballard was well-known in the world of the theatre, and won Tony Awards in 1947 for Best Costumes for "Happy Birthday," "Another Part of the Forest," "Street Scene," "John Loves Mary," and "The Chocolate Soldier" and in 1962 as Best Costume Designer for "The Gay Life." She worked briefly in film, on Portrait of Jennie in 1948 and on A Streetcar Named Desire, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design - Black & White. This copy is also signed on the title page by dancer, actress, and painter, Tilly Losch, and by lyricist and screenwriter, Adolph Green. Illustrated. Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. The excellent memoirs of the lyricist of such songs as “Dancing In the Dark”, “That's Entertainment”, “Alone Together”, “Give Me Something To Remember You By”, “I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan”, “By Myself”, etc. Dietz was head of publicity at MGM studios created the studio's logo, Leo the Lion, and the studio's motto. This autobiography reveals that he knew virtually everyone on Broadway and in Hollywood. Excellent illustrations. Tilly Losch (1907- 1975) was an Austrian dancer, choreographer, actress, and painter. She worked in and on many stage productions, including Noel Coward's musical review in London, The Year of Grace, in New York she danced in The Bandwagon with Fred and Adele Astaire, and acted in the London production of The Miracle. In 1933 she danced in Les Ballets with Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and George Balanchine, under whom she was a premier dancer in the Russian Ballet. Her film work includes Limelight (1936), The Garden of Allah (1936), The Good Earth (1937), and Duel in the Sun (1946). Adolph Green (1914 - 2002) was an American lyricist playwright, and screenwriter who worked with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, on many Hollywood and Broadway musicals, including Good News with June Allyson and Peter Lawford, The Barkleys of Broadway with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, On the Town with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, Singin' in the Rain with Gene Kelly. Comden and Green received two Oscar nominations; for their screenplays for The Band Wagon and It's Always Fair Weather, both of which earned them a Screen Writers Guild Award, as did On the Town. They are also well-remembered for the Mary Martin version of Peter Pan for both Broadway and television, Die Fledermaus for the Metropolitan Opera, and stage musicals for Carol Burnett, Leslie Uggams, and Lauren Bacall, among others. Their many collaborators included Garson Kanin, Cy Coleman, Jule Styne, and Andre Previn. 
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22 DIETZ, HOWARD Dancing in the Dark
New York Quadrangle/New York Times Book Company 1974 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Howard Dietz, beneath the title on the title page: “Words by Howard Dietz.” Additionally signed and inscribed on the dedication page, by the dedicatee, costume designer and wife of Howard Dietz, Lucinda Ballard. Her inscription reads: “Lucinda Ballard, Nov. 30, 1974, with Best Wishes.” Lucinda Ballard was well-known in the world of the theatre, and won Tony Awards in 1947 for Best Costumes for "Happy Birthday," "Another Part of the Forest," "Street Scene," "John Loves Mary," and "The Chocolate Soldier" and in 1962 as Best Costume Designer for "The Gay Life." She worked briefly in film, on Portrait of Jennie in 1948 and on A Streetcar Named Desire, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design - Black & White. Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. The excellent memoirs of the lyricist of such songs as “Dancing In the Dark”, “That's Entertainment”, “Alone Together”, “Give Me Something To Remember You By”, “I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan”, “By Myself”, etc. Dietz was head of publicity at MGM studios created the studio's logo, Leo the Lion, and the studio's motto. This autobiography reveals that he knew virtually everyone on Broadway and in Hollywood. Excellent illustrations. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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23 DIVINE, DAVID Boy on a Dolphin
London John Murray 1955 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from David Divine to his literary agent Dorothy Olding of Harold Ober Associates, inscribed by the author: “To Dorothy Olding, with my grateful thanks. David.” Also signed “David Divine” on the title page. Near fine opy with some darkening along the edges in a very good dust jacket with some darkening to the spine and some chipping and small tears. Basis of the motion picture directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Alan Ladd, Clifton Webb, and Sophia Loren (in her U.S. film debut). 
Price: 275.00 USD
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24 FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT Original Typed and Printed Document Signed - Contract Between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Regarding Their Purchase of His Story ‘Fidelity'
Culver City, CA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer March 24, 1938 
Original Typed and Printed Document Signed by the Author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's own 2 page contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures dated March 24, 1938, giving MGM the the rights to Fitzgerald's story ‘Fidelity.' The contract is signed by Fitzgerald with an attached printed rider paragraph which he has initialed indicating that should he amend or revise ‘Fidelity' in any way, that those changes remain the property of MGM. The contract has punch holes at the top edge and the rider is attached with small staples. Trace of use, else fine. In the later part of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald found work in Hollywood in the 30s, developing commercial short stories, scripts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and his fifth and final novel, ‘The Love of the Last Tycoon,' published after his death in 1940 as ‘The Last Tycoon,' a story based on the life of film executive Irving Thalberg. 
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25 FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT Typed Carbon Contract Signed by F. Scott Fitzgerald Selling the Film Rights to His Most Famous Short Story, ‘Babylon Revisited,' to Film Producer Lester Cowan
Los Angeles February 22, 1940 
Original notarized 2 page typed carbon contract signed by F. Scott Fitzgerald authorizing the sale of the film rights to his most famous short story, ‘Babylon Revisited,' to producer Lester Cowan. Enclosed in the original blue paper folder of the attorney involved with “Assignment From F. Scott Fitzgerald to Lester Cowan” typed on the front cover. The contract has punch holes at the top edge. The contract shows a trace of use and the folder has a few faint spots to the front cover not affecting the interior and two punch holes at the top edge corresponding to those of the contract within. Fitzgerald went on to write a screenplay for Cowan in the hopes that they could get funding to produce a feature film which did not come to pass during Fitzgerald's lifetime. A superb example of material relating to Fitzgerald's screenwriting period. In the later part of his life, Fitzgerald found work in Hollywood in the 30s, developing commercial short stories, scripts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and his fifth and final novel, ‘The Love of the Last Tycoon,' published after his death in 1940 as ‘The Last Tycoon,' a story based on the life of film executive Irving Thalberg. 
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26 FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT & ZELDA FITZGERALD Original Typed and Printed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Document Signed by F. Scott Fitzgerald Regarding Several Stories, Articles, and Plays and Fitzgerald's Wife Zelda Fitzgerald
Culver City, CA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer July 19, 1937 
Original Typed and Printed Document Signed by the Author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. A 2 page “Inter-Office Communication” between Fitzgerald and director / producer Edwin H. Knopf of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (brother of publisher Alfred A. Knopf) dated July 19, 1937, in which Fitzgerald negotiates for time off in order to spend more time with his wife Zelda. He writes in part: “Dear Eddie, A sight of me is Zelda's (my wife's) life line, as the doctor told me before I left. And I'm afraid the little flying trips would just be for emergencies. I hate to ask for time off. I've always enjoyed being a hard worker, and you'll find that when I don't work through a Saturday afternoon, it's because there's not a thing to do. So just in case you blew off your head, (as David Belasco so tactfully put it), I'd like to put the six weeks a year, one every two months, into the contract. It will include everything such as the work left over from outside, as indicated below.” He goes on to list various stories “sold but not yet published”, work “unsold but in the possession of my Agent in June, 1937”, a play “in possession”, and a few stories “to write sometime during the next two years”. He concludes with: “So the total time I should ask for over two years would be twelve weeks to write these things while near my wife. It could be allotted as two weeks apiece for the stories, a week apiece for the articles, three weeks for finishing Act III of the play. Though, if convenient, I shall in practice, use the weeks singly. Sincerely, Scott Fitzgerald”. At the time of this document Zelda had been spending time in and out of various sanatoriums and the Fitzgerald's marriage was stressed to the extreme. The document has punch holes at the top edge, minor creases from folding, and a few small edge tears. In the later part of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald found work in Hollywood in the 30s, developing commercial short stories, and writing scripts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His fifth and final novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, published after his death in 1940 as The Last Tycoon, is a story based on the life of film executive Irving Thalberg. Zelda Fitzgerald died on March 10, 1948 in Asheville, NC, preceded by her husband who died on December 21, 1940 in Hollywood, CA. 
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27 FOWLER, GENE Minutes of the Last Meeting
New York Random House 1954 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Gene Fowler, to film director, John Ford. Inscribed: “To my friend John Ford, With the best always, Gene Fowler.” Very good lightly used bright copy with some minor edge wear in a lightly used dust jacket with a long tear to the flap folds, some small chips and tears, and a minor bit of spotting to the spine. A warm and engaging work from screenwriter and journalist Gene Fowler who, along with his enormously comic, talented, and delightful circle of Hollywood friends, including John Barrymore, W.C. Fields, and John Decker, attempt to write a biography of their fellow friend, poet Sadakichi Hartman. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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28 FOWLER, GENE Salute To Yesterday
New York Random House 1937 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Gene Fowler, to film director, John Ford. Inscribed: “To Sean Ford, Our Beloved President, a little volume for his fractured pipe. Gene ('Rum') Fowler. Fire Island, Aug. 1937.” John Ford's given name was John Martin "Jack" Feeney, and he sometimes referred to his birth name as Sean Aloysius. With a touch of darkening to the pastedowns and the paper label at the spine, and with a hint of use and some very slight edge wear without dust jacket. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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29 FOWLES, JOHN The French Lieutenant's Woman
Boston Little Brown 1969 
First Edition - American. Inscribed and signed by the author, John Fowles, to fellow writer, Wayne Warga. Inscribed: “Wayne Warga, With my fond best wishes and regret these are never met. John Fowles. Los Angeles, 17.xi.1969.” Very good lightly used copy with some slight dampstaining and fading to the cloth at the top and bottom of the spine and outer edges, with a 2” x 1 1/2” faint spot at the bottom edge of the rear board near the spine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a few very slight rubbed spots and couple of very tiny edge nicks. The basis of the film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, with a screenplay by Harold Pinter. From the library of journalist and novelist Wayne Warga. The youngest editor at Life Magazine at age 25, Warga reported on John F. Kennedy's race for the Presidency, and went on to cover the Civil Rights movement for the magazine. For many years, Warga was one of the leading writers at the Los Angeles Times where he did in depth articles and features on writers and people in the arts. Later, Warga became a mystery novelist, creating three well-received bibliomysteries: Hardcover, Fatal Impressions, and Singapore Transfer, featuring Los Angeles rare book dealer, Jeffrey Dean. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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30 FULLER, SAMUEL Burn, Baby, Burn
New York Phoenix Press 1935 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Sam Fuller, in the year of publication: “For Thelma Hart, My untouched Blonde Bombshell. Sam Fuller. Dec. 5, 1935.” A used and slightly worn copy with some edge wear, fading to the cloth at the spine, and some minor rubbing and soiling to the covers without dust jacket. Sam Fuller (1912 - 1997) was a dynamic and often controversial film director and screenwriter, best known for his films The Big Red One, Shock Corridor, and The Naked Kiss. Burn, Baby Burn was his first published pulp novel. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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31 GABLE, CLARK, H.E. WORTHAM, GENERAL CHARLES GORDON Chinese Gordon - By H.E. Wortham
Boston Little Brown 1933 
Second printing. Actor Clark Gable's copy with his printed armoral bookplate. Near fine in a very good lightly used dust jacket with a little soiling with a few nicks and tears. With the small printed label of the famous Stanley Rose Hollywood book shop. A biography of British General Charles Gordon. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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32 GERSHE, LEONARD (WILDER, BILLY) Butterflies Are Free
New York Random House 1969 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy inscribed by the author Leonard Gershe to the great film director Billy Wilder and his wife, the actress Audrey Young, whom he met on the set at Paramount during the filming of Wilder's film ‘The Lost Weekend.' Inscribed: “For Billy and Aud: With an awful lot of love from Leonard. Oct. 1970.” 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. Gershe wrote the original screenplay Funny Face, and the book for the Broadway Musical Destry Rides Again. Touch of darkening to the edges, else a fine copy in a near fine bright dust jacket with one tiny tear. The basis of the 1972 film with a screenplay by Gershe, starring Edward Albert and Goldie Hawn. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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33 GIBRAN, KAHLIL (ED WOOD) The Prophet
New York Knopf 1953 
Later printing. Signed by actress Dolores Fuller, best known for her roles in director Ed Woods low-budget cult classics Glen or Glenda (1953) and Jail Bait (1954), The Body Beautiful (1953), and Bride of the Monster (1955) with Bella Lugosi. Near fine copy with a hint of handling in a slightly dust soiled price-clipped dust jacket with a few tiny tears. Dolores Fuller (1923 - 2011) is also known for having been the girlfriend of Ed Wood and was portrayed in Tim Burton's film Ed Wood by Sarah Jessica Parker and for having written a number of songs which were recorded by Elvis Presley for his films, including Rock-A-Hula Baby from Blue Hawaii (1961), I Got Lucky from Kid Galahad (1962), Do the Clam from Girl Happy (1965), and I'll Take Love from Easy Come, Easy Go (1967). 
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34 GORDONE, CHARLES No Place To Be Somebody. A Black Black Comedy in Three Acts
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill 1969 
First Edition - Paperbound. Signed and inscribed by the author Charles Gordone to film studio executive Sherry Lansing. Inscribed: “To Sherry Lansing, One of the most beautiful women I have ‘observed' lately - good luck, but don't take your beauty for granted! (smile), Charles Gordone.” Sherry Lansing is a woman of many film industry ‘firsts', including being the president of production at 20th Century Fox; the first woman to head a Hollywood studio, in 1996, she became the first woman named Pioneer of the Year by the Foundation of the Motion Picture Pioneers, and she was the first woman studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is also a former CEO of Paramount Pictures. She is married to Academy Award-Winning director William Friedkin and is known for her contributions to such successful films as Kramer vs. Kramer, Fatal Attraction, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Titanic, and more. No Place to Be Somebody is a Pulitzer Prize winning play. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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35 GRAYSON, CHARLES Angel Town
Garden City Doubleday 1946 
First Edition. Signed by the author Charles Grayson to Hollywood columnist Jimmy Starr: “Jimmy - again! Charlie”. With Starr's bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with a trace of dust soiling to the rear panel and a few tiny tears. From the jacket flap: “The dilemma of young people caught in the conflict between the rich who have known better days and the poor who find themselves suddenly rich serves as the central theme of Charles Grayson's novel of Los Angeles in the early 1940s, and of a group of young men and women trying to find meaning in this place and time.” Jimmy Starr (1902 - 1990) is best known as a Hollywood columnist, though he was also a writer and actor, known for The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947), A Night for Crime (1943) and Pink Pajamas (1929). 
Price: 85.00 USD
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36 HALEY, ALEX Roots
Garden City Doubleday 1976 
Later printing. A remarkable copy signed and inscribed by Alex Haley and the film cast of the acclaimed television mini-series. This copy was presented to Bob Thomas, legendary Hollywood correspondent for the Associated Press. 25 signatures in all. Inscribed by Haley: “11/11/76, Bob Thomas, Kunta's family wishes the very warm best to you and your family. Alex Haley”. Signed by the cast with inscriptions from Levar Burton, Scatman Crothers, Louis Gossett Jr, Richard Roundtree, Lorne Greene, George Hamilton, Lloyd Bridges, Chuck Connors, O.J. Simpson, Ji-Tu Cubuka, Renn Woods, Olivia Cole, Lane Binkey, Raymond St. Jacques, Thalmus Rasulala, Madge Sinclair, John Schuk, George Stafford Brown, Raymond St. Jacques. Additionally signed by executive producer David L. Wolper, producer Stan Margulis, screenwriter James Lee, directors David Greene and Marvin J. Chomsky, and composer Gerald Fried. The book, itself, is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The mini-series received 37 Emmy nominations and won 9. It was also awarded a Golden Globe. Laid into the book is a printed invitation given to Bob Thomas inviting him to a party for the cast of Roots on March 21, 1977 at The Bistro in Beverly Hills. The book is fine in a near fine dust jacket with minor bits of wear. A superb souvenir of a great moment in television, and African- American history. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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37 HARRER, HEINRICH Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. Translated by Richard Graves
New York Dutton 1954 
First Edition - American. Signed by the author. Signed twice by Heinrich Harrer; once as “H. Harrer” and again in Tibetan. Illustrated with 40 pages of photographs. Very good with minor offsetting to the endpapers and some slight fading to the spine in a very good lightly used and dust soiled dust jacket with some fading to the spine, but with front panel still very bright. Classic study of the Tibetan religious leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the basis of the film starring Brad Pitt. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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38 HARRER, HEINRICH & BRAD PITT Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. Translated from the German by Richard Graves. Introduction by Peter Fleming
Geneva Edito-Service S.A. / Heron Books Dist. 1957 
Reprint edition. Signed by the author, Heinrich Harrer, once as “H. Harrer” and again in Tibetan. Also signed by the actor Brad Pitt who portrayed Harrer in the 1997 film, “The next best thing, Brad Pitt.” just beneath Harrer's signatures on the half-title. Illustrated. Bound in full dark blue leather with elaborate decorative gilt-stamping to the spine and front board. Very fine copy enclosed in a handsome custom cloth clamshell box. Classic study of the Tibetan religious leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the basis of the film starring Brad Pitt, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, co-starring David Thewliss, BD Wong, and Mako. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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39 HEMINGWAY, ERNEST The Old Man and the Sea
New York Scribners 1952 
Later printing. Signed presentation copy from Ernest Hemingway to actress Ann Sothern. Inscribed: “To Ann Sothern, Wishing her all good things always. From her friend, Ernest Hemingway, Sun Valley 1958”. With Ms. Sothern's bookplate. Near fine copy with a hint of handling and very faint darkening to the cloth at the spine and outer edges in a near fine dust jacket with some minor dust soiling and a few tiny nicks. With the publisher's original wraparound band indicating that the book was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. After Ann Sothern retired from her acting career she moved to Ketchum, Idaho which is a small town adjacent to Hemingway's home in Sun Valley. Ms. Sothern is best known for her roles in A Letter to Three Wives (1949) with Jeanne Crain and Linda Darnell and The Whales of August (1987) with Bette Davis and Lillian Gish - her last film, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and for her television work on Private Secretary (1953 - 1957) and The Ann Sothern Show (1958 - 1961) - both of which lead to Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Enclosed in a custom blue cloth clamshell box with gilt-stamping to the spine. 
Price: 17500.00 USD
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40 HILL, LORNA Dress Rehearsal
London White Lion Publishers 1975 
Later printing. Signed and inscribed by Moira Shearer, the famous Scottish ballet dancer and actress, best known for her role as Victoria Page in the Powell & Pressburger classic ballet-themed film ‘The Red Shoes' (1948). Inscribed: “Alison, Good wishes, Moira Shearer.” With 9 black & white illustrations by Esme Verity. Fine copy with bright gilt-stamping to the spine in a very good lightly dust soiled dust jacket with a few tiny nicks and tears. The story of a handicapped orphaned girl who develops a love of the ballet after she takes lessons for physical therapy. A sweet tale. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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