The Motion Picture Almanac: Reference Book of the Industry: 1931

Quigley, Martin, ed.)

Published by The Quigley Publishing Company (c.1931), New York, 1931
Condition: Good Hardcover
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(quarter-bound, paper over boards; no dust jacket, as issued, but now protected with a custom-fitted clear mylar jacket) [binding solid, hinges intact, internally clean; covers are edgeworn, moderately scraped and soiled; spine lettering faded to unreadability]. (B&W photographs, ads, graphics) Comprehensive compendium of everything, and I mean everything, to do with the movie biz: people, companies, theaters, organizations, regulations, statistics galore, texts of industry contracts, legal decisions, technical advancements, equipment suppliers, film releases 1929-31, etc. etc. The biographical sections alone are amazingly comprehensive, with resumes (including vital statistics) for the following groups: Production and Studio Executives (Uncle Carl Laemmle was 5 ft. 2 in. tall and weighed 140 lbs., didja know?); Feminine Players; Male Players; Directors; Writers; Cameramen, Art Directors, Etc.; Home Office Executives; Advertising and Publicity; Fan and Trade Press; Motion Picture Editors (at newspapers and magazines, not film editors); Music and Talent (an incredible section, with bios of organists, m.c.'s, musical conductors, comedians, singers, etc.); Song Writers; and Music Publishers. There's also an amazing list (no biographical details, just names) of "Presentation Acts," arranged both alphabetically and by classification: aerialists, contortionists, impersonators, roller skaters, whistlers, and so much more! (If nothing else, these lists are a reminder of just how many entertainers of all stripes, outside the immediate sphere of Hollywood itself, were employed in the exhibition end of the motion picture business.) All M.P. Almanacs from these early years (this title began publication in 1929) are remarkably scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 22111

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Title: The Motion Picture Almanac: Reference Book ...

Publisher: The Quigley Publishing Company (c.1931), New York

Publication Date: 1931

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 3rd Annual.

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