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[Andrews] James McKay. DANA ANDREWS: The Face of Noir. NEW copy, trade paperback, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2010). 87 photographs, notes, appendix, bibliography, index, 256 pp.
~~~ Dana Andrews, arguably the finest minimalist actor of his generation, as one critic commented, could convey more with one look than many actors could with a soliloquy. In a film career spanning nearly five decades, Andrews appeared in some of Hollywood’s most prestigious productions, including The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). His unique screen presence was shown at its best in such film noir classics as Laura (1944) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950).
~~~ Beginning with an absorbing biographical chapter, this critical survey of Dana Andrews’ screen career features a complete filmography with synopses, reviews, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and insightful comments from Andrews and his coworkers. A chronological list of television, radio and theater credits is included.

$45.00







THE BIG SLEEP DVD. (Warner Home Video). Fullscreen, black & white, 114 minutes. Closed caption.
~~~ L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphry Bogart) takes on a blackmail case and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. Director Howard Hawks serves up snappy character encounters (particularly between Bogart & Bacall), and atmosphere galore. Includes two versions, the familiar 1946 release and the less-familiar 1945 pre-release version.

$20.00



Sperber, A.M. and Eric Lax, BOGART. Fine/Fine. (NY: Wm Morrow & Co, 1997). First Edition. Photographs, Notes, bibliography, filmography, Bogart's Broadway plays, index, 676 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: It's a double-bogey April with this second biography of Humphrey Bogart to appear this year, the 40th anniversary of the actor's death. Before her own death in 1994, biographer Sperber (Murrow) collected a "quarter ton of research" on the star, complied from 200 interviews with those who knew him (including John Huston, Katharine Hepburn and director Richard Brooks) and from her work in the Warner Bros. archives at USC. Her rough draft of the book was completed by Lax (Woody Allen). The result is a longer and much more detailed account of Bogart's life than can be found in the Meyers, gracefully written and somewhat savvier about the film business than Meyers's account. Thanks to Sperber's exhaustive research and Lax's own expertise in film history, the book gives a full and especially harrowing account of Bogart's political activities during the Hollywood red scare of the early fifties. Bogart was unusually brave to begin with, standing up to HUAC with several other stars (Danny Kaye, Gene Kelly), but then was bullied by his studio into backing down and recanting his earlier position. There are also full and entertaining accounts of the production histories of Bogart's major films. Still, both biographies are more or less equally insightful, presenting fundamentally the same portrait of the man himself: sensitive and often melancholy, with a bitter wit and a bit of a cruel streak, but courageous in his way, a hard-working and generous professional with an extraordinary screen presence. The reader's choice between these two fine biographies is liable to come down to just how much detail one wants to know about Humphrey Bogart. The Sperber/Lax includes a listing of Bogart's Broadway performances, an exhaustive filmography and 40 b&w photos.
~~~ Originally published at $27.50, now OUT OF PRINT.

$40.00




[Grahame] Robert J. Lentz. GLORIA GRAHAME, BAD GIRL OF FILM NOIR . NEW copy, trade paperback, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2011). 105 photographs, appendices, bibliography, index, 366 pp.
~~~ A marvelous actress, Gloria Grahame (1923-1981) was also an iconic figure of film noir. Her talents are showcased in several classic motion pictures of the 1940s and 1950s, including It’s a Wonderful Life, Crossfire, In a Lonely Place, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Big Heat, Oklahoma!, and The Bad and the Beautiful, for which she earned an Academy Award.
~~~ This comprehensive overview of Gloria Grahame’s life and work examines each of her feature films in detail, as well as her made-for-television productions, her television-series appearances and her stage career. Also discussed are the varied ways in which Grahame’s acting performances were affected by her tumultuous personal life--which included four marriages, the second to director Nicholas Ray and the fourth to Ray’s stepson Anthony.

$55.00

Hannsberry, Karen Burroughs, FEMME NOIR: Bad Girls of Film. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 1998, 2010). TWO VOLUMES. 6X9. 98 photographs, references, filmographies, bibliography, index, 643 pp.
~~~ The most complete reference to the dark 40s and 50s stylistic dramas (twice the coverage of competition). The first section has a lengthy analytical essay as well as detailed plot descriptions and credits for 25 classics—such as The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Detective Story. The second section is an annotated filmography including major credits and short descriptions of nearly 500 films. Also included are appendices listing every film noir by both director and chronological order, off-genre noirs, and other films bearing important relationships to the noir cycle.

$75.00

Hare, William, DARK CITY: The Film Noir. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 1997 [1984]). Photographs, index, 263 pp.
~~~ The most complete reference to the dark 40s and 50s stylistic dramas (twice the coverage of competition). The first section has a lengthy analytical essay as well as detailed plot descriptions and credits for 25 classics—such as The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Detective Story. The second section is an annotated filmography including major credits and short descriptions of nearly 500 films. Also included are appendices listing every film noir by both director and chronological order, off-genre noirs, and other films bearing important relationships to the noir cycle.

$30.00

Hare, William, EARLY FILM NOIR: Greed, Lust and Murder Hollywood Style. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2003). Photographs, bibliography, index, 221 pp.
~~~ The name is French and it has connections to German expressionist cinema, but film noir was inspired by the American Raymond Chandler, whose prose was marked by the gripping realism of seedy hotels, dimly lit bars, main streets, country clubs, mansions, cul-de-sac apartments, corporate boardrooms, and flop houses of America. ~~~ Chandler and the other writers and directors, including James M. Cain, Dashiell Hammett, Jane Greer, Ken Annakin, Rouben Mamoulian and Mike Mazurki, who were primarily responsible for the creation of the film noir genre and its common plots and themes are the main focus of this work. It correlates the rise of film noir with the new appetites of the American public after World War II and explains how it was developed by smaller studios and filmmakers as a result of the emphasis on quality within a deliberately restricted element of cities at night. The author also discusses how RKO capitalized on films such as Murder, My Sweet and Out of the Past -— two of film noir’s most famous titles -— and film noir’s connection to British noir and the great international triumph of Sir Carol Reed in The Third Man.

$39.95

Hare, William, L.A. NOIR: Nine Dark Visions of the City of Angels . NEW copy, trade paperback, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2004, 2008). 18 photographs, bibliography, index, 221 pp.
~~~ Los Angeles is an ideal city for film noir for both economic and aesthetic reasons. The largest metropolitan area in the country, home to an ever-changing population of the disillusioned and in close proximity to city, mountains, ocean, and desert, the City of Angels became a center of American film noir.
~~~ This detailed discussion of nine films explores such topics as why certain settings are appropriate for film noir, why L.A. has been a favorite of authors such as Raymond Chandler, and relevant political developments in the area. The films are also examined in terms of story content as well as how they developed in the project stage. Utilizing a number of quotes from interviews, the work examines actors, directors, and others involved with the films, touching on their careers and details of their time in L.A. The major films covered are The Big Sleep, Criss Cross, D.O.A., In A Lonely Place, The Blue Gardenia, Kiss Me Deadly, The Killing, Chinatown, and L.A. Confidential.

$39.95

Keaney, Michael F. FILM NOIR GUIDE: 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2003, 2011). 138 photographs, appendices, bibliography, index, 551 pp.
~~~ More than 700 films from the classic period of film noir (1940 to 1959) are presented in this exhaustive reference book--such films as The Accused, Among the Living, The Asphalt Jungle, Baby Face Nelson, Bait, The Beat Generation, Crossfire, Dark Passage, I Walk Alone, The Las Vegas Story, The Naked City, Strangers on a Train, White Heat, and The Window. For each film, the following information is provided: the title, release date, main performers, screenwriter(s), director(s), type of noir, thematic content, a rating based on the five-star system, and a plot synopsis that does not reveal the ending.

$45.00

Meehan, Paul. HORROR NOIR: Where Cinema’s Dark Sisters Meet . NEW copy, trade paperback, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2011). 77 photographs, filmography, notes, bibliography, index, 310 pp.
~~~ This critical survey examines the historical and thematic relationships between two of the cinema’s most popular genres: horror and film noir. The influence of 1930s- and 1940s-era horror films on the development of noir is detailed, with analyses of more than 100 motion pictures in which noir criminality and mystery meld with supernatural and psychological horror. Included are the films based on popular horror/mystery radio shows (The Whistler, Inner Sanctum), the works of RKO producer Val Lewton (Cat People, The Seventh Victim), and Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological ghost stories. Also discussed are gothic and costume horror noirs set in the 19th century (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Hangover Square); the noir elements of more recent films; and the film noir aspects of the Hannibal Lecter movies and other serial-killer thrillers

$39.95

Meehan, Paul. TECH NOIR: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir . NEW copy, trade paperback, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2010). 64 photographs, filmography, notes, bibliography, index, 272 pp.
~~~ This critical study traces the common origins of film noir and science fiction films, identifying the many instances in which the two have merged to form a distinctive subgenre known as Tech-Noir. From the German Expressionist cinema of the late 1920s to the present-day cyberpunk movement, the book examines more than 100 films in which the common noir elements of crime, mystery, surrealism, and human perversity intersect with the high technology of science fiction. The author also details the hybrid subgenre’s considerable influences on contemporary music, fashion, and culture.

$55.00

Muller, Eddie, DARK CITY: The Lost World of Film Noir. NEW copy, trade paperback, 10x8. (NY: St Martin's Griffin, 1998). Extensive b&w and color photographs and illustrations throughout, bibliography, index, 207 pp.
~~~ From Booklist: "Of several recent books on film noir, this one is the least academic. Muller is clearly a fan and relishes the opportunity to hang out with a few of his favorite lost souls from what he calls Dark City. The book is organized around the city motif, with chapters devoted to various thematic neighborhoods, for example, 'The Precinct' (cop flicks) and 'Vixenville' (femme fatales). This metaphor seems a bit labored at times, and Muller's plot summaries tend to run on, but otherwise film noir fans will have plenty to enjoy here. The illustrations, mostly stills, are first rate, and the mix of biographical, historical, and critical material works well. Background on such vintage noir actors as Robert Ryan, Richard Widmark, and, of course, Robert Mitchum is usually fresh and pertinent, and the insider gossip about life in the studios adds some zip. Nicholas Christopher's Somewhere in the Night remains the best critical study, but this more-browsable volume provides an entertaining all-around introduction to the genre." (Bill Ott)

$23.00

Nollen, Scott Allen, WARNER'S WISEGUYS: All 112 Films that Robinson, Cagney and Bogart Made for the Studio. NEW copy, hardcover, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2008). Photographs, appendix, notes, bibliography, index 372 pp.
~~~ As three of the most prominent actors of the early studio system, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, and Humphrey Bogart played an unparalleled role in the rise of the Warner Brothers Studio. These “Warners Wiseguys” are now virtually synonymous with the studio’s era of gritty gangster films. This study of their interwoven studio-contract careers highlights the similarities of their personalities and their struggles with harsh typecasting. It details and comments critically on each of their combined 112 Warners films. Complete with commentary from the author and other film buffs. An appendix provides a filmographic guide to the films discussed, including lists of primary actors, release dates, directorial credits, and running times for each film.

$55.00

Pappas, Charles. IT'S A BITTER LITTLE WORLD: The Smartest, Toughest, Nastiest Quotes from Film Noir.. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Writer's Digest). 230 pp.
~~~ Everything you need to know in life you can learn from film noir. And everything you can learn from film noir is in here. The author scoured sixty years of film noir, from The Maltese Falcon to Sin City to find quotes that teach life lessons.

$13.00

Renzi, Thomas C. SCREWBALL COMEDY AND FILM NOIR: The Unexpected Links. NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2011). Photographs, appendices, bibliography, index.
~~~ This illustrated overview presents a comprehensive comparative analysis of Screwball Comedy and Film Noir, two popular Hollywood genres that emerged at nearly the same time. Despite their contrast in tone and theme, "Screwball" and "Noir" have many narrative elements in common. The author defines the two, discussing their historical development and related conventions and offering detailed analyses of a number of films, among them The Lady Eve and His Girl Friday on the "Screwball" side, and Gilda and Sunset Blvd. on the "Noir" side.

$30.00

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[Ryan] Franklin Jarlett. ROBERT RYAN: A Biography and Critical Filmography . NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 1990, 1997). Preface by John Houseman. 61 photographs, appendix, notes, bibliography, index, 320 pp.
~~~ This first in-depth Ryan work has two parts: The biographical provides behind-the-scenes information and never-before-published interviews with Ryan’s children. The reference part contains a filmography (70+ films: plot lines, themes, technical aspects, casts, credits, criticism), and a listing of stage appearances, television performances, narrations, guest appearances, recordings and videocassettes.

$35.00

Smith, Imogen Sara. IN LONELY PLACES: Film Noir Beyond the City . NEW copy, trade paperback, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2011). 47 photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 255 pp.
~~~ Although film noir is traditionally associated with the mean streets of the Dark City, this volume explores the genre from a new angle, focusing on non-urban settings. Through detailed readings of over 100 films set in suburbs, small towns, on the road, in the desert, borderlands and the vast, empty West, the author investigates the alienation expressed by film noir, pinpointing its motivation in the conflict between desires for escape, autonomy and freedom--and fears of loneliness, exile and dissolution.
~~~ Through such films as Out of the Past, They Live by Night and A Touch of Evil, this critical study examines how film noir reflected radical changes in the physical and social landscapes of postwar America, defining the genre’s contribution to the eternal debate between the values of individualism and community.

$45.00

Stephens, Michael L., FILM NOIR: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference to Movies, Terms and Persons. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2006 [1994]). Photographs, bibliography, index, 436 pp.
~~~ Film noir is a uniquely American genre that has stylistic links to the German expressionist cinema of the 1920s and thematic links to the hard-boiled crime fiction that emerged in the 1930s. Generally the milieu is urban and middle class, and the overall feel is one of repression and fatalism. Whether shot in black and white or color, the style reinforces the overall feel. ~~~ Films, directors, actors, producers, screenwriters, art directors, themes, plot devices and many other elements are contained in this encyclopedic reference work. Each movie entry includes full filmographic data (studio, running time, production and cast credits, and plot synopsis) along with an analysis of its place in the genre. Biographical entries focus on the person’s role in noir and provide a complete filmography of their film noir work. Terms are placed in the context of the genre and relevant examples from films are given.

$45.00



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