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Fiction  About  Hollywood  &  Cinema
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Books About Hollywood
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History of Cinema
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          still photograph from Billy Wilder's "Sunset Blvd." [1950] starring Erich von Stroheim {left}, Gloria Swanson {center} & William Holden           on this page:

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Fiction (novels & stories) about Hollywood of the past & present,
about stars and private eyes and moguls and crew-people,
and about filming on location around the world.

"Every day in Tinsel Town is Hallowe'en." — Ken Russell

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Books About Hollywood & Cinema History

Magic Lantern's  Hollywood  Film  Festival

Hollywood Novel / Critical Guide  "The Hollywood Novel: A Critical Guide To Over 1200 Works With
Film-Related Themes or Characters, 1912-1994" [1995]
by Anthony Slide

McFarland & Co. 9¼x6¼ pb [7/95] for $49.95
The Dream Factory In American Literature  "Hollywood Fictions: The Dream Factory In American Literature" [2000]
by John Parris Springer

Univ OK Press 9x6 pb [2/2000] out of print/used
Univ OK Press hardcover [2/2000] out of print/used

Fiction About Hollywood & Cinema
{ 1913 to 2000 }

The Moving Picture Boys At Panama book by Stratemeyer Syndicate  The folks at Stratemeyer Syndicate [1897-1987] paid writers to produce children's adventure fiction under various 'house names' such as Franklin W. Dixon (for "Hardy Boys" books), Carolyn Keene (for "Nancy Drew" books), Victor Appleton {for "Tom Swift" and "The Moving Picture Boys" books), and Laura Lee Hope (for "The Moving Picture Girls" books). Their series of movie-related fiction were "Motion Picture Chums" [7 titles, 1913–16], "Moving Picture Boys" [15 titles, 1913–22], "Moving Picture Girls" [7 titles, 1914-16], "Motion Picture Comrades" [5 titles, 1917], and "Movie Boys" [17 reprints, 1926–27].

New editions of these books are available at Amazon in hardcover & paper editions and editions for Kindle.
The free-to-download public domain texts at Project Gutenberg include three "Moving Picture Boys" titles
and all seven "Moving Picture Girls" titles.

Robert Leslie Bellem [1902-68] wrote nearly 3,000 stories for the pulps in their heyday (1930 to 1950), and his
most-successful tales were of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective. After the pulps were replaced by television,
Bellem wrote for weekly TV shows such as "The Lone Ranger", "Perry Mason", and "77 Sunset Strip".
all Robert L. Bellem booksmovie/tv credits at IMDbWikipedia

Case Files of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective stories by Robert L. Bellem  
Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective stories volume 7 by Robert L. Bellem  
"The Case Files of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective" [2009]
by Robert L. Bellem

CreateSpace 9½x7¼ pb [1/2009] 20 stories & 2 essays for $20.00
Volume 1, 1934-41: 9 pulp stories
CreateSpace 9½x7¼ pb [11/2009] for $15.00
Volume 2, 1943: ? pulp stories
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [11/2009] for $20.00
Volume 3, 1944: 9 pulp stories
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [11/2009] for $20.00
Volume 4, 1944: ? pulp stories
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [11/2009] for $20.00
Volume 5, 1945: 8 pulp stories
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [11/2009] for $20.00
Volume 6, 1946: 11 pulp stories
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [11/2009] for $20.00
Volume 7, 1950: 14 pulp stories
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [10/2010] for $20.00

Stuart M. Kaminsky's Toby Peters mystery series [1977-2004]
at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

two dozen novels set in Hollywood during the 1940s & 1950s

Susan Kandel's Cece Caruso mystery series [2004-2009]
at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

set in Hollywood & Southern California; the five books so far involve Agatha Christie,
Nancy Drew, Erle Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett & Alfred Hitchcock

Jack Bludis has written two Hollywood-based detective mystery series
Rick Knight series set during the 1940s
Brian Kane series set during the 1950s

L.J. Washburn wrote three novels [1987-90] and several stories about Lucas Hallam, an aging cowboy
who finds work as a stuntman and investigator in the silent movie factories of 1920s Hollywood, California

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Notebooks of Serafino Gubbio novel by Luigi Pirandello  "Shoot!: The Notebooks of Serafino Gubbio, Cinematograph Operator"
[Italy 1915, English 1927] novel by Luigi Pirandello [1867-1936], Nobel Laureate

Italian title: "Quaderni di Serafino Gubbio, Operatore"
Univ Chicago Press 8x5¼ pb [1/2006] for $18.00
Univ Chicago Press 8x5½ hardcover [1/2006] for $45.00
The Film of Fear novel by Arnold Fredericks  "The Film of Fear" [Grosset & Dunlap 1917]
by Arnold Fredericks (Arnold Frederic Kummer) [1873-1943]

Movie actress Ruth Morton receives a letter threatening to destroy her beauty within 30 days time.
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2011] for FREE {sic}
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [1/2012] for $7.84
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [9/2010] for $33.08
free online etext at Project Gutenberg
The Film Mystery detective novel by Arthur B. Reeve  "The Film Mystery: A Craig Kennedy Detective Novel" [1921]
by Arthur B. Reeve

A silent film actress dies suddenly while filming at the country home of a banker in Tarrytown, New York; the Westchester County District Attorney calls in super-detective Craig Kennedy, who brings along newspaper reporter Walter Jameson.
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [3/2014] for $8.09
BiblioLife 9¼x6 hardcover [8/2008] for $26.09
free online etext at Internet Archivefree online etext at Free eBooks {requires signup}

The Girl From Hollywood novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs  "The Girl From Hollywood" [1923]
by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1875-1950]

Originally published in Munsey's Magazine as a six-part serial from June to November
1922, under the title "The Penningtons"

Kindle Edition from Oak Grove [12/2007] for $4.79
Pulpville Press pb [2005] out of print/used
Charter Books mass pb [7/79] out of print/used
The Hollywood Girl novel by Beatrice Burton (Morgan)  "The Hollywood Girl" novel [1927]
by Beatrice Burton (Morgan)

"They might have been the Gates of Heaven closing in her face"
Grosset & Dunlap hardcover [1927] out of print/scarce
Tom Swift and His Talking Pictures dime novel by Victor Appleton  "Tom Swift and His Talking Pictures: or, The Greatest Invention On Record" [#31 = 1928]
by Howard Garis, writing as house name 'Victor Appleton'

Tom Swift invents a large-screen color TV with high-fidelity sound {written in 1928!}; various movie and legitimate theatre executives panic and resort to sabotage, subterfuge, kidnapping, and even attempted murder to stop Tom's device from being marketed.
Grosset & Dunlap hardcover [1928] out of print/used
Grosset & Dunlap hardcover [1928] out of print/used
Grosset & Dunlap 7½x5¼ hardcover [1928] out of print/used

Pollyanna in Hollywood 1931 novel by Elizabeth Borton  "Pollyanna™ In Hollywood" [Glad™ Book #7 = 1931] by Elizabeth Borton (de Treviño)
Pollyanna and her new husband James arrive in Hollywood and are shown around town by a famous movie star; negative review reports less story/plot and more like a travelog, dull writing
'Pollyanna' entry at Wikipedia
L.C. Page & Co. hardcover [1931] long out of print/used
Grosset & Dunlap 7¼x5¼ hardcover [1931] long out of print/used
Grosset & Dunlap hardcover [1931] long out of print/used
The Champion Corn-Husker Crashes The Movies comic novel by Charles 'Chic' Sale  "The Champion Corn-Husker Crashes The Movies" [1933]
by Charles 'Chic' Sale [1885-1936], Introduction by Scoop Conlon

Specialist Publng 9x6½ hardcover [1933] out of print/used
official 'Chic' Sale fansite
What Makes Sammy Run?   "What Makes Sammy Run?" [1941 classic]
by Budd Schulberg {see bio above}

Vintage 8x5¼ pb [12/93] for $11.20
Random House 8x5½ hardcover [5/2002] for $15.40
planned Red House/DreamWorks feature film no longer listed on IMDb {4/2006}
Prater Violet novel by Christopher Isherwood  "Prater Violet" [Random House 1945] by Christopher Isherwood [1904-86]
A stinging satirical novel about the film industry, using the (fictional) filming of a melodrama set in 19th Century Vienna as counterpoint to modern 'art' and the growing threat to modern Vienna from Hitler's Nazi forces.
Univ MN Press 8¼x5½ pb [4/2001] for $10.85
FS&G 8¼x5½ pb [6.87] out of print/used
publisher's book page

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Rock Wagram, The Private Life of A Hollywood Star novel by William Saroyan  "Rock Wagram: The Private Life of A Hollywood Star" [1951]
by William Saroyan [1908-81]

Written in 39 days, the tale of ex-GI and former bartender Arik Vagramian, who changed his name to Rock Wagram and has become a successful actor in Hollywood, and his struggles to maintain his career, his marriage, and his role as father to two children.
Signet mass pb [1952] out of print/used
Doubleday hardcover [1951] out of print/used
Doubleday hardcover [1951] out of print/used
Mailer's Deer Park  "The Deer Park" [Putnam 1955] by Norman Mailer
Based on Mailer's experiences working as a screenwriter in Hollywood in the early 1950s, set in a desert town much like Palm Springs.
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [10/97] for $11.20
Cast of Characters novel by Al Morgan  "Cast of Characters: A Novel" [1957] by Al Morgan
Story takes place during a premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, with alternate chapters telling the stories of various individuals in attendance.
Pocket/Cardinal mass pb [1958] out of print/used
Dutton hardcover [1957] out of print/used
Dutton hardcover [1957] out of print/used
Dutton hardcover [1957] out of print/used
Death On Location novel by William Robert Cox  "Death On Location" [1962] by William R. Cox
Shoestring movie producer Tom Kincaid takes his crew north of Las Vegas, Nevada to film an adventure epic starring his live-in girlfriend; the murder of the leading lady's stand-in links to big-city dope traffic, putting the movie - and their lives - in jeopardy.
New American Library mass pb [1962] out of print/used
The Big Laugh by John O'Hara  "The Big Laugh" [1962] by John O'Hara
Not O'Hara's best, but still O'Hara. Blindly-ambitious actor Hubie Ward lies, cheats, and seduces his way to the big-time in Hollywood.
Ecco 8¾x5½ pb [10/97] for $16.00
Quick Red Fox mystery novel by John D. MacDonald  "The Quick Red Fox" [1964] by John D. MacDonald
Freelance 'salvage consultant' Travis McGee comes to Hollywood, where he saves movie star Lysa Dean from a blackmailer – with side trips to Big Sur, New York & Las Vegas giving the author opportunity to expound on the excesses of the vulgar rich.
Fawcett/Gold Medal mass pb [8/95] for $7.99
West of Sunset novel about Scott Fitzgerald by Stewart O'Nan  "West of Sunset: A Novel" [1966] by Stewart O'Nan
Scott Fitzgerald's successes were years past, his wife was in a mental hospital, the bills kept mounting, so he tried to make some big bucks in Hollywood . . . "sassy walk-ons by Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemingway, and Humphrey Bogart add color and humor"
Kindle Edition from Viking/Penguin [1/2015] for $11.99
Penguin Books 8½x5½ pb [12/2015] for $10.28
Penguin UK 7¾x5 pb [1985] out of print/used
Viking 9¼x6½ deckle-edge hardcover [1/2015] for $21.78
Dodd, Mead 8½x6¼ hardcover [1966] out of print/used

Betrayed by Rita Hayworth novel by Manuel Puig  "Betrayed By Rita Hayworth (La Traición de Rita Hayworth)" [1968 novel]
by Manuel Puig [1932-90] of Argentina, Translated by Suzanne Jill Levine

Puig's first novel is a comic romp, a stream-of-consciousness coming-of-age tale ably translated by Levine. Young Toto lives in a small pampas town in thrall to its own petty lusts, betrayals, scandals, thefts, gossip, and to the movies, and he fills in the ugly or upsetting moments of his childhood with Hollywood-inspired fantasy.
Dalkey Archive Press 7½x6½ pb [3/2009] for $11.86
Random House mass pb [1981] out of print/used
E.P. Dutton hardcover [1971] out of print/many used

Shot On Location suspense novel by Helen Nielsen  "Shot On Location: A Suspense Novel" [1971] by Helen Nielsen
Hollywood director Harry Avery's private plane crashes while scouting locations for a movie in Greece. But questions soon arise: Why was he so close to the border with Albania? And why were there no bodies found in the wreckage? VietNam veteran Brad Smith is determined to find out, so that he can somehow get revenge – while Brad was in Southeast Asia, Avery stole several of Brad's scripts and also stole his girlfriend, now the famous actress Rhona Avery.
Kindle Edition from Prologue Books [3/2012] for $3.19
Littlehampton Book Services 8¼x5 hardcover [5/71] out of print/used
Off With Their Heads, Serio-Comic Tale of Hollywood novel by Frances Marion  
"Off With Their Heads: A Serio-Comic Tale of Hollywood" [1972 novel]
by Frances Marion [1886-1973]

Macmillan hardcover [1972] out of print/used
True Life Story of Jody McKeegan novel by Don Carpenter  "The True Life Story of Jody McKeegan: A Novel" [1975]
by Don Carpenter

E.P. Dutton hardcover [1975] out of print/used
A Way of Life Like Any Other novel by Darcy O'Brien  "A Way of Life, Like Any Other" [1977 classic]
by Darcy O'Brien, Introduction by Seamus Heaney

An under-appreciated, funny/poignant Hollywood novel drawn from the author's experiences during the 1950s as the son of fading movie actors (George O’Brien and Marguerite Churchill)
New York Review of Books Classics 5x8 pb [8/2001] for $12.51
W.W. Norton & Co. 7¾x5¾ hardcover [1978] out of print/used
Martin, Brian & O'Keeffe hardcover [1977] out of print/used
Dream Lover novel by Lawrence Sanders  "The Dream Lover" [1978] by Lawrence Sanders
Intrigue and passion and betrayal in 1927 Hollywood
Berkley mass pb [7/2001] out of print/200+ used
Severn House Publrs Ltd. 9x6 hardcover [6/88] out of print/used
John Curley UNABR audio [5/99] out of prodn/used
A Couple of Comedians novel by Don Carpenter  "A Couple of Comedians: A Novel" [1979] by Don Carpenter
A comedian nearly breaks down from the pressures at the end of filming a movie, but is rescued when he and his partner get a gig in Las Vegas, Nevada.
North Point Press 8¼x5½ pb [6/88] out of print/used
S&S 8½x5½ hardcover [1/79] out of print/used
Free Fall In Crimson  "Free Fall In Crimson" [1981] by John D. MacDonald
Freelance 'salvage consultant' Travis McGee asks movie star Lysa Dean {see "Quick Red Fox" [1964] above} for help investigating a biker movie director's connections to drugs, porn and murder.
Fawcett/Gold Medal mass pb [4/96] for $7.99
Turnaround novel by Don Carpenter  "Turnaround: A Novel" [1981] by Don Carpenter
The hard-boiled (but not bitter) tale of a struggling screenwriter living in a seedy motel off the Sunset Strip, against the background of three generations of a Hollywood dynasty.
S&S 8¾x6¼ hardcover [6/81] out of print/used
Bijou Dream novel by Jack Warner, Jr.  "Bijou Dream" [1982] by Jack Warner, Jr.
Robbins International Studios is the setting for 'bombastic' studio chief Hamilton J. Robbins, his brother Maurie, and Ham's second wife Nita.
Random House hardcover [12/88] out of print/many used
Crown hardcover [1/82] out of print/used
renamed re-issue "The Dream Factory" [1988]
PaperJacks pb [2/88] out of print/used
'Screenplay' 1982 novel by MacDonald Harris  "Screenplay: A Novel" [1982] by MacDonald Harris
Wealthy dilettante Alys is befriended by a stranger named Nesselrode, who claims to be a director from 1920s Hollywood. Nesselrode leads Alys to an abandoned movie palace and they emerge into a black-and-white world where Alys thrives and falls in love with seductive movie siren Moira Silver. But his 1980s color world seems farther and farther away . . .
Kindle Edition from Overlook/Penguin [12/2014] for $12.99
Galileo Publrs 7¾x5 pb [6/2013] out of print/used
Overlook Books 8½x5½ hardcover [12/2014] for $19.86
Atheneum USA 8¼x5¾ hardcover [1982] out of print/used
Money by Martin Amis  
"Money: A Suicide Note" [1984] by Martin Amis
A savage comedy, the tale of a successful director of TV advertisements in London who is hired by a New York movie producer to make a feature film in Hollywood starring people who loathe each other; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005).
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [4/86] for $10.46
Suspects novel by David Thomson  "Suspects" novel [1985] by David Thomson
Biographical sketches of (on-screen) Hollywood personalities morph into a novel of their inter-relationships. The icons of the silver screen herein include George Bailey, Norman Bates, Travis Bickle, Rick Blaine, Kitty Collins, Noah Cross, Norma Desmond, Gilda Farrell, Joe Gillis, Jake Gittes, Laura Hunt, Julian Kay, Harry Lime, Ilsa Lund, Waldo Lydecker, Walter Neff & Vivian Sternwood
No Exit 7½x5 pb [9/2007] for $11.86
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [9/86] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [5/85] out of print/used
Her Only Sin  
"Her Only Sin: A Novel of Hollywood" [1986]
by Benjamin Stein

A Hollywood roman á clef, chronicling the rise of studio exec Susan-Marie, whose producer skills bring box-office success while the lousy choices in her personal life lead to tragedy.
St Martin mass pb [2/87] out of stock/many used
St Martin hardcover [1/86] out of stock/many used

"Hollywood Heroes" [1986] by Hamilton T. Caine {aka Stephen Smoke}
When a hated TV soap opera star is run down after a cast party, the cops classify it as a hit-and-run
accident, but the dead man's girlfriend hires private detective Ace Carpenter to investigate.

Berkley mass pb [1/86] out of print/used

"Hollywood" 1989 novel by Charles Bukowski  "Hollywood: A Novel" [1989] by Charles Bukowski
based on experiences during the making of the movie "Barfly"
Black Sparrow 9x6 pb [12/89] for $11.20
Black Sparrow 9x6 hardcover [12/89] for $17.50

Charles Bukowski [1920-94] Page at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

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Gore Vidal's Hollywood  "Hollywood: A Novel of America In The 1920s" [1990]
by Gore Vidal [1925-2012]

Ballantine pb [2/91] out of print/used
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [8/2000] for $10.50
Modern Library 7¾x5 hardcover [2/99] out of print/used
Sweet La-La Land  "Sweet La-La Land" [1990] by Robert Campbell
Modern detective Whistler searches the dank underbelly of the streets of Hollywood, looking for a missing child and finding a serial killer. The characters are both romantic and cynical, the narration is often truly poetic, and the description of exploitation B-movie production and personnel is spot-on.
Pocket mass pb [2/91] out of print/many used
Disc-Us Books 8x6 pb [4/99] out of print/used
Poseidon Press hardcover [3/90] out of print/many used
Graveyard for Lunatics novel by Ray Bradbury  "A Graveyard For Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities" [1990]
by Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]

An all-night party in a Hollywood cemetery next door to a movie studio turns deadly ...
Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [6/2001] for $11.38
Knopf 8½x5¼ hardcover [7/90] out of print/100+ used
Dead At The Box Office mystery novel by John Dandola  "Dead At The Box Office" [1990] by John Dandola
M.G.M. decides to reap free publicity by premiering the 1940 Spencer Tracy movie "Edison, The Man" in Thomas Edison 's hometown of West Orange, New Jersey. Studio publicity girl Edie Koslow is already juggling the press, the personalities of the stars, and interference by the locals when several murders the week before the premiere threaten the festivities and her job – and her life.
Quincannon Publng Group pb [5/2001] out of print/used
Quincannon Publng Group 7¾x5¼ pb [5/93] out of print/used
book available at author's website
"Edison, The Man" feature film [M.G.M. May 1940]
Directed by Clarence Brown; starring Spencer Tracy; Oscar nomination for Best Original Story
Warner Bros. b&w DVD [6/2009] for $26.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Green Shadows, White Whale novel by Ray Bradbury  "Green Shadows, White Whale: A Novel of Ray Bradbury's Adventures Making Moby Dick With John Huston In Ireland" [1992] by Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]
Harper Perennial 8x5¼ pb [9/98] for $13.99
Spectra mass pb [7/93] out of print/used
Knopf 8¾x6 hardcover [5/92] out of print/many used
see also Magic Lantern's John Huston Page and-or
        Sprit of America Bookstore's "Moby-Dick" [1851] Page
L. A. Times novel by Stuart Woods  "L. A. Times" [1993] by Stuart Woods
A cinema-loving soldier for the mob in New York City reinvents himself as a Hollywood movie producer.
HarperTorch mass pb [1/94] for $7.99
HarperCollins 9¼x6¼ hardcover [4/93] out of print/used
Pacific Coast Highway mystery novel  "Pacific Coast Highway" [1994] by Stephen Smoke
The supposed hit-and-run death of a neighbor pulls ex-L.A.P.D. detective Derek Cheney into an investigation that leads to a serial killer who is attacking young actresses.
HarperCollins mass pb [4/94] out of print/many used
Headline Book Publng hardcover [4/94] out of print/scarce
Popcorn Hollywood novel  "Popcorn: A Novel" [1997] by Ben Elton
Exploitation director Bruce Delametri wins an Oscar® and returns home to be captured by two crazed fans who have memorized all the murder & mayhem of his films. Cops and media surround the house as the fiends begin to act out gruesome scenes on Bruce's friends & family.
St. Martin's Griffin 9¼x6¼ pb [10/98] out of print/used
Thomas Dunne Books 9½x6½ hardcover [11/97] out of print/used
A Shoot In Cleveland mystery novel by Les Roberts  "A Shoot In Cleveland" [1998] by Les Roberts
Bummed about the death of best pal Meglich, Cleveland, Ohio P.I. Milan Jacovich gets dragged into a 'simple' job as bodyguard for the 24-year-old star of a cop movie filming on location there; when the kid sneaks away to spend a Sunday with the 15-year-old daughter of a local politico, Milan quits. Then the kid is shot to death ...
Gray & Co. 8x5¼ pb [6/2005] for $11.86
St. Martin's Dead Letter mass pb [4/99] out of print/used
St. Martin's / Thomas Dunne Books 8¼x6 hardcover [5/98] out of print/used
author's official website

Rocky Mountain Moving Picture Association  "The Rocky Mountain Moving Picture Association: A Novel" [1999]
by Loren D. Estleman

The Russian heir to a California ice-cutting fortune becomes a writer of motion pictures in Hollywood, circa 1913 to 1930.
Forge mass pb [7/2000] out of print/many, many used
Forge 8½x5¾ hardcover [3/99] out of print/many used
 On Spec a novel of Young Hollywood by Richard Rushfield  "On Spec: A Novel of Young Hollywood" [2000] by Richard Rushfield
A parody of modern life that follows six Hollywood hopefuls – a screenwriter, an agent, a development girl, an actress, a studio chief, and an aspiring producer – as they experience the Hollywood fast track, where winner takes all and the losers are tossed to the side without a second thought.
Kindle Edition from St. Martin/Macmillan [4/2010] for $7.99
St. Martin's Griffin 8¼x5½ pb [6/2001] out of print/used
St. Martin's Press 8¼x5¾ hardcover [4/2000] out of print/many used
Hollywood Murders  "The Hollywood Murders" [2000]
3 stories by Ellery Queen

includes "The Devil To Pay" (1937), "The Four of Hearts" (1938), and "The Origin of Evil" {1951)
Four Walls Eight Windows 9x6 pb [11/2000] out of print/used
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Books About Hollywood & Cinema
That Were Made Into Movies & TV

"The Day of The Locust"
Day of The Locust novel  "The Day of The Locust" [Jan 1939 classic novel] by Nathanael West
listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)
NAL pb [9/83] for $5.95
Amereon hardcover [12/97] for $19.95
DH Audio ABR [9/87] 2 tapes out of print/used
Day of The Locust movie  "The Day of The Locust" feature film [Paramount May 1975]
Directed by John Schlesinger; starring Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton, Geraldine Page, Richard A. Dysart, Bo Hopkins, Pepe Serna, Lelia Goldoni & Billy Barty
Paramount widescreen color DVD [6/2004] for $14.23
Paramount color VHS [6/93] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"The Last Tycoon"
Fitzgerald's Last Tycoon novel  "The Love of The Last Tycoon: A Western" [1941 classic novel]
by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940]; edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli

The classic unfinished novel about Hollywood. The version edited in 1993 by Fitzgerald scholar Bruccoli restores the author's original intent; said to be based on M.G.M. exec Irving Thalberg.
Scribner 8x5¼ pb [4/95] for $8.80
Cambridge Univ Press 8¾x5¾ hardcover [12/93] out of print/used
Last Tycoon movie by Harold Pinter & Elia Kazan  "The Last Tycoon" feature film [Paramount 1976]
Directed by Elia Kazan; script by Harold Pinter; starring Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Nicholson, Donald Pleasence & Ray Milland
Paramount wudescreen color DVD [11/2003] for $9.98
Paramount color VHS [4/95] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"I Wake Up Screaming"
lurid paperback cover for I Wake Up Screaming novel by Steve Fisher  "I Wake Up Screaming" [1941 novel] by Steve Fisher
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 8x5¼ pb [5/91] out of print/used
Creative Arts mass pb [2/88] out of print/used
Dodd, Mead & Co. hardcover [1941] out of print/used
modern hardcover reissue, with Introduction by Keith Allan Deutsch plus ten short stories & two essays
Centipede Press 9x6 hardcover [DUE 2011?] price unknown
I Wake Up Screaming movie  "I Wake Up Screaming" feature film [Fox Oct 1941]
A sports promoter helps a beautiful waitress start a career; as she is about to dump him and leave for Hollywood, the girl is murdered; the corrupt cop on the case lets the murderer free and tries to pin the crime on the promoter, who hides out with the girl's sister until he clears his name. Directed by Bruce Humberstone; script by Dwight Taylor, based on the Steve Fisher novel; starring Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar, William Gargan, Alan Mowbray, Allyn Joslyn & Elisha Cook Jr.; DVD extras include commentary by film historian Eddie Muller, deleted 'Daddy' scene, U.K. "Hot Spot" opening sequence & posters, poster & photo galleries, theatrical trailer
Fox b&w DVD [6/2006] for $10.99
Fox b&w VHS [9/98] for $13.98
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Vicki 1953 feature film  
remake "Vicki" [Fox Sept 1953]
Directed by Harry Horner; script by Dwight Taylor & Leo Townsend; starring Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid, Richard Boone, Max Showalter, Alexander D'Arcy, Carl Betz & Aaron Spelling
Fox color DVD [8/2006] for $13.49
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Slide Area: Scenes of Hollywood Life"
1959 collection of seven short stories by Gavin Lambert that portray a bevy of tinsel-town lowlifes

"Tales From The Hollywood Hills: The Closed Set" [P.B.S. Nov 1988]
Directed by Mollie Miller; teleplay by Ellen M. Violett, based on a 1959 Gavin Lambert short story;
starring Rita Moreno, D.W. Moffett, Harold Gould & Penelope Ann Miller • full credits at IMDb

"The Oscar"
The Oscar novel  "The Oscar: A Novel" [1963] by Richard Sale
"Five famous actors are nominated for the award, and they stop at nothing to win it."
Pocket mass pb [8/72] out of print/used
S&S hardcover [11/63] out of print/used
"The Oscar" feature film [Embassy March 1966]
Co-written & directed by Russell Rouse; starring Stephen Boyd, Elke Sommer, Milton Berle, Eleanor Parker, Joseph Cotten, Jill St. John, Tony Bennett, Edie Adams, Ernest Borgnine, Ed Begley, Walter Brennan, Broderick Crawford, Peter Lawford & Jack Soo; with cameos by Edith Head, Bob Hope, Hedda Hopper, Merle Oberon, Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra • full credits at IMDb
Sony color VHS [2/93] out of prodn/used

"Inside Daisy Clover"
1963 novel by Gavin Lambert + 1965 movie starring Natalie Wood, Christopher Plummer & Robert Redford

"Moviola"
Moviola Hollywood novel by Garson Kanin  "Moviola" [1979 bestselling novel] by Garson Kanin [1912-99]
Garson Kanin's Broadway creditsGarson Kanin's IMDb listingWikipedia
A novelization of Kanin's life on Broadway & in Hollywood; aged movie mogul
Ben Farber tells tales from his seventy years in show business, with an all-star cast

Pocket TV tie-in mass pb [4/80] out of print/many, many used
S&S 9½x6¼ hardcover [11/79] out of print/many, many used

book cited as the source for three NBC-TV movies:
"This Year's Blonde" [May 1980] about Marilyn Monroe & Johnny Hyde
DVD/Blu-ray not available; full credits at IMDb
"The Scarlett O'Hara War" [May 1980] about making "Gone With The Wind" [1939]
DVD/Blu-ray not available; full credits at IMDb
"The Silent Lovers" [May 1980] about Greta Garbo & John Gilbert
DVD/Blu-ray not available; full credits at IMDb

"Postcards From The Edge"
1987 novel by actress Carrie Fisher [1956-2016] + 1990 movie starring Meryl Streep & Shirley MacLaine

"Life At The Marmont"
{best available cover} Life At The Marmont book by Raymond Sarlot & Fred Basten  Non-fiction book by the hotel’s co-owner Raymond R. Sarlot and Fred Basten
The Chateau Marmont on the east end of the Sunset Strip in Hollywood was constructed as an apartment building in tbe late 1920s; economic woes of The Great Depression found it converted to an exclusive hotel, catering to the Hollywood entertainment industry elite.
Roundtable Publng hardcover [10/87] out of print/used
Chateau Marmont official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Announced 6/2011: Producers Aaron Sorkin & John Krasinski are developing a miniseries
for H.B.O. based on the 1987 book “Life At The Marmont”

"The Deal"
The Deal novel by Peter Lefcourt  "The Deal: A Novel of Hollywood" [1991] by Peter Lefcourt
Producer Charlie Berns has hit bottom when his nephew brings him a spec script about Queen Victoria, Benjamin Disraeli & William Gladstone; the project morphs into "Lev Disraeli, Freedom Fighter" starring an Afro-American actor and begins filming in Yugoslavia . . .
Kindle Edition from Washington Square Press [2004 edition] for $15.99
Washington Square Press 8½x5¼ pb [12/2002] for $21.95
Random House 9½x6½ hardcover [4/91] out of print/used
Blackstone Audio UNABR audio CD [1/2008] 6 disks for $19.95
The Deal feature film starring William H. Macy & Meg Ryan  "The Deal" feature film [video release Jan 2009]
Filmed in Los Angeles, the Czech Republic, and South Africa; a movie about XIXth Century British diplomat Benjamin Disraeli gets a greenlight only if the producers hire an action star, who happens to be Afro-American; production halts when the action star is kidnapped . . . • Co-written & directed by Steven Schachter; co-written by & starring William H. Macy; based on the novel by Peter Lefcourt; also starring Meg Ryan, Jason Ritter, Fiona Glascott, LL Cool J, Elliott Gould, Sharon Raginiano, John Carson, David Hunt & Kate Blumberg
Peace Arch widescreen color Blu-ray [1/2009] for $8.49
Peace Arch Films widescreen color DVD + digital [1/2009] for $6.99
Peace Arch Trinity widescreen color DVD [1/2009] for $4.72
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


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