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    "The Searchers" Signed First Edition (Curtis Publishing, 1954). Deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the U. S. National Film Registry, director John Ford's "The Searchers" is hands down one of the greatest American films ever made, and often named as a source of inspiration by the likes of Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Sam Peckinpah, and George Lucas (who made numerous visual and narrative references to it in his Star Wars films). This first edition copy of Alan LeMay's novel was kept handy on the set during filming by an extra, and was signed by the virtually the entire cast and crew. Included are signatures from Ford, actors John Wayne, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond, and Ken Curtis -- each of whom signed their character names as well as their own, making this exceedingly rare and unique. Producer Patrick Ford, art director James Basevi, production manager Lowell Farrell, stunt double Terry Wilson, and the Native American actors (many including thumbprints) have also signed. For the disscriminating film collector, it does not get better than this! A one-of-a-kind piece of Hollywood history, the book is in overall Very Good condition with some light wear to the spine, no dustjacket, and some separation starting to show on the inside back cover, none of which detracts from this very desirable item. With COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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