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Moving Pictures: A Novel of Early Hollywood By K.L.A. Hyatt
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Welcome to Los Angeles, it's 1916 and the film industry is booming. Just a few years earlier, the city was a country town. Now, its a rapidly growing metropolis and the seat of all movie making.... More > Enter Magda Santoya. Having run away to Los Angeles, she explores the big city with her cousin, Dolores. The burgeoning film industry offers the young women something to aspire to--a chance to live their own lives, unbeholden to any one else. A lucky break with the Chronicle Film Company leads to opportunity, riches, and stardom. Yet heartbreak and devastation are only a heartbeat away. Moving Pictures is a fictional memoir about the tumult of Hollywood when there were no rules other than making as many pictures as possible. Follow Magda's rising star as she tells her story in Moving Pictures.< Less
Lon Chaney in The Miracle Man By Robert M. Fells
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THE MIRACLE MAN was Lon Chaney’s breakout film after years of appearing in supporting roles. Here he steals the show from the stars, Thomas Meighan and Betty Compson, as “Frog”... More > – a charlatan who can twist his body into appearing as a hopeless cripple to beg for money. The gang of grifters gets more than they bargain for when they decide to make “The Miracle Man” their next mark. A huge hit in its day, this film built on the earlier successes of the novel and play. Despite its stature – audiences who saw the film in 1919 never forgot the “Healing” Scene - the film has been lost for decades and we are left with only a tantalizing two minutes of film to recall its glory. This graphic novel is an effort to make the impact of the legendary film once more available albeit in another form for all to rediscover by adapting many vintage images and following printed accounts of the story and film reviews.< Less
Hidden Dangers By Eric Stedman
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The story of a strange long-lost cliffhanger about a woman caught in a web of peril woven by the alter ego of a man she knows as respected scientist Dr. Brutell. Unknown to Madeline Stanton, Brutell... More > is afflicted with a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde-type malady which turns him into a dangerous super-criminal who uses the power of the "double x-ray" to wreak destruction and commit crimes. Includes a complete plot summary from the ultra-rare original pressbook of the serial, illustrations of the elaborate special effects and cliffhangers, cast biographies and reproductions of original promotional material.< Less
The Trey O'Hearts By Louis Joseph Vance
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THE TREY O'HEARTS (1914), starring George Larkin, Cleo Madison and Edward Sloman. Upgraded with a huge collection of now 75 original photographs, many from the personal collection of original cast... More > member and featured villain Edward Sloman -- including amazing behind-the-scenes production shots. A great serial jam-packed with action about Seneca Trine, an embittered man who vows to take revenge on Alan Law, son of his enemy who crippled him and ruined him in business. One of his twin daughters, Rose, is in love with Law, the other, Judith, sworn to kill him. The sign of death is a "trey of hearts" playing card with three bullet holes shot through it. This groundbreaking serial brought what was to be known as the cliff-hanger into full form and was the first to allow deathtraps and danger to drive it all the way through. It all builds to a wild murderous pursuit during a lightning storm, crashes, disaster, and even a shock/surprise ending. A sensation upon its original release.< Less
The Mysteries of Myra Deluxe Hardbound Edition By Eustace Hale Ball
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BEWARE THE BLACK ORDER! So comes the warning from the spirit of Myra Maynard's father, who reaches out to her from beyond the grave to warn her of danger from the masters of the occult arts that lurk... More > in the shadows and mark her for murder on her eighteenth birthday. Only the world's first psychic detective, Dr. Payson Alden, and his friend Haji the Brahman mystic, can save clairvoyant Myra from the terrors of The Grand Master of the Order, who tries to claim not only her fortune but also, apparently, her soul by means of suicide-inducing spells, invasion of her chamber by evil spirits, and even reanimation of the dead by a fire elemental. Originally a fifteen-episode serial shot in Ithaca, New York (before Hollywood became the center of American movie-making) in 1916, painstakingly reconstructed from the original screenplay, novelization, and existing stills.< Less
The Mysteries of Myra novelization By Eustace Hale Ball
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BEWARE THE BLACK ORDER! So comes the warning from the spirit of Myra Maynard's father, who reaches out to her from beyond the grave to warn her of danger from the masters of the occult arts that lurk... More > in the shadows and mark her for murder on her eighteenth birthday. Only the world's first psychic detective, Dr. Payson Alden, and his friend Haji the Brahman mystic, can save clairvoyant Myra from the terrors of The Grand Master of the Order, who tries to claim not only her fortune but her life by means of suicide-inducing spells, invasion of her chamber by spirit assassins, and even reanimation of the dead by a fire elemental. Originally a fifteen-episode serial shot in Ithaca, New York (before Hollywood became the center of American movie-making) in 1916, painstakingly reconstructed from the original screenplay, novelization, and existing stills. Includes background information, behind-the-scenes photos and cast biographies.< Less
Finding Dorothy: A Biography of Dorothy Gibson By Randy Bryan Bigham
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Edwardian cover girl and silent screen star Dorothy Gibson survived the Titanic, a disastrous marriage, even the horrors of a World War II concentration camp, but history didn’t spare her.... More > Randy Bryan Bigham reclaims the story of a life forgotten. Finding Dorothy, the first biography of model and actress Dorothy Gibson (1889-1946), provides an analysis of her work as the muse of artist Harrison Fisher, and offers a critique of her brief but successful career as one of the first leading ladies in American silent cinema. Dorothy Gibson’s experiences in the 1912 sinking of the Titanic are related in detail as is the making of Saved From the Titanic, the first motion picture produced about the disaster, in which Dorothy herself starred. 6x9 Hardcover | Dust Jacket 179 pp, 84 ill. First Published 2005 New Edition Released 2012 Revised Edition Printed 2014< Less
Gloria Swanson in Madame Sans-Gene By Robert M. Fells
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Napoleon wasn’t always an Emperor or even a General. In 1792 he was a lowly Corporal who couldn’t even pay his laundry bill. But the laundress they nicknamed “Madame... More > Sans-Gene” took pity on him and washed his clothing for free. The Revolution dramatically changed their lives and Years later when he had forgotten her they would meet again. By then she was a Duchess and she alone could stop Napoleon from condemning an innocent man to death. But would he listen to her?< Less
Cinema U By Randy Laist & Kip Kline
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Movies about college have been a staple of American cinema since the silent era. College movies such as The Paper Chase (1973), Animal House (1978), and Higher Learning (1995) provide insight into... More > the ways that college has been variously imagined as a middle class rite of passage, a landscape of hedonistic fantasy, a microcosm of societal hypocrisy, a repressive system of deindividuation, and a carnivalesque holiday from “real life.” This unique volume examines the representation of college and campus life in movies. Chapters discuss the extent to which movies about college inform the expectations, perceptions, and attitudes of students, faculty, and the public. Cinema U includes close analysis of individual films as well as broader examinations of the manner in which college films have addressed issues such as race, class, gender, technology, sexuality, and cultural difference.< Less
There's the Rub By Joseph M. Humbert
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In 1916 Hollywood, Jimmy Johnson, a grandson of slaves, is enraged by D. W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation.” In response, Jimmy, the Spike Lee of his day, makes his first low... More > budget independent film. But, more importantly, he wants to pull his far flung family back together. His mother had mysteriously vanished when he was a youngster and has spent 20 years looking for her. After a bitter dispute with his father, Jimmy wanders about the country alone, ending up in Hollywood. Getting a job fixing movie cameras, he decides to make his own movies with the help of a girlfriend and pioneer black actors. After many years apart, his father and brother come to Los Angeles for their West Coast vaudeville premiere. His mother is working only a few miles away – for Griffith, no less! The family’s unplanned reunion explodes in re-opening long festering wounds. Can Jimmy make his family whole again?< Less

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