TUCSON ARIZONA & LEE MARVIN

Tucson Arizona, a city with a surprising history of filmmaking (mostly westerns, of course) was also the home to Lee Marvin the last few decades of his life. Recently, I came across an online photo spread of Tucson’s rich celebrity enriched images which can be seen here
If you don’t want to scroll all the way down to find Lee Marvin like I did, here’s the image below…

Original caption: “Sarah Gorby and actor Lee Marvin hold baby javelinas before a fundraising dinner at the Tucson Racquet Club for the Sarah Gorby Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund in 1983.” Anybody know what the hell a javelina is?

 

Of course, the plethora of film & TV actors captured in photos at work, play and various other venues is certainly worth scrolling through. Pretty impressive as it runs the gamut from the 1950s to today and features everyone from John Wayne (natch!) to Ted Danson! Particular favorites are Groucho Marx and Jayne Mansfeld. The info is intriguing, as well, despite the fact that Jack Lemmon never made a movie called It Happened One Night (1934) but did costar with June Allyson in a 1956 musical remake called You Can’t Run Away From It. Also, the Paul Newman movie in which he’s getting his boots shined was not Pockey Money (whatever that is!) but Pocket Money (1972), costarring the subject of this blog. 
 Speaking of the subject of this blog, the fact that he did reside in Tucson Arizona played a pretty significant role in my biography of him, Lee Marvin Point Blank finally seeing the light of day. Publisher Tim Schaffner, a Tucson resident himself, was pondering whether to publish my work or not Told me that when he noticed his local video store having a speical on Lee Marvin movies, several folks told him some Lee Marvin stories. Hey, every little bit helps! 
 As for Lee Marvin stories, social media can help in the strangest ways. It didn’t make the book but rocker Brad Brooks had his own interesting tale to tell I wrote about here. He later told me he met the man while he worked delivering water to the Marvin home and the serial rapist was real! Just goes to show ya, you never know where or how Lee Marvin can pop up in the world!

-P.S. Been so busy on other projects I haven’t had time to blog in a while. With that in mind, allow me to wish a wonderful yet belated happy 90th birthday as of September 30th to the legendary Angie Dickinson! She is a class act I was fortunate enough to interview for my book and unpublished selections can be seen here. All the best, Angie!
– Dwayne Epstein

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA? LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK!

Holiday gift ideas hard to come by? Well, consider Lee Marvin Point Blank (LMPB) in any of its 3 available formats — hardcover, paperback or e-book — while they still exist. Despite the fact the book came out six years ago, it is still in print — albeit barely — and is a great holiday gift idea for the classic movie lover in your life.

Cover of the trade paperback that includes a quote from Leonard Maltin and a starburst heralding some exclusive additions.


According to a recent message from my publisher, Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press, the availability works like this:
“Sales of both paperback and ebook editions of LMPB have been pretty strong in the last six months. I also wanted to let you know that I’ve gone forward with plans to do a digital short run of the paperback–which is the same format as the offset paperback, except that there won’t be a difference in paper stock for the photo inserts. I’m doing a 200 copy printing, and it’s already available and shipping today, just in time for more holiday orders.”  

Publisher Tim Schaffner being awarded the bronze in biography at New York’s 2013  Independent Publisher Book Awards, or ‘IPPY’ Awards, as it likes to call itself.


Pretty cool, huh? So, there you have it, for probably the last time, a chance to own a soon to be collectible edition of an award-winning N.Y Times bestseller. Many exclusives exist in its pages as often previously stated, such as over a hundred rare interviews, dozens of never-before-seen  photographs, Author Q&A, Topics For Conversations, five separate bibliographies, and more! Besides, let’s face it, a good book lasts infinitely longer than any bottle of booze and probably costs much less than the best bourbon you can possibly purchase on sale. Get your copy today! …..Oh, and happy holidays! 
– Dwayne Epstein

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OUT-OF-PRINT-HARDCOVERS AVAILABLE!

Out-of-print-hardcovers have just been received by yours truly from publisher, Tim Schaffner. Apparently, he’d been going through his catacombs, (i.e. inventory) and came across some unsold copies of Lee Marvin Point Blank and contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in them. Is a rabbi Jewish? In other words, hell, yeah!

My personal copy of The hardcover dust jacket of Lee Marvin Point Blank (note the bronze medallion for winning the IPPY award), that is going to be quite collectible as it’s out of print!

The hardcover sold VERY well when it first came out in 2013. So much so, Tim decided to go back to the printer for another print run, which has also since sold out. That said, what he sent me is all there is on new copies as he has stated he won’t be going back for another print run as the trade paperback is selling great, as well. This make these unread out-of-print-hardcovers pretty rare!
Why is that? You may find a discounted copy online somewhere but whatever you find is going to be a used copy. which probably wont have the bronze IPPY medallion the book earned. And, more importantly, it most likely won’t be personally signed by yours truly directly to you, with free shipping included. Makes a great gift for the classic movie fan.
Interested? Contact me here at my blog. Any and all information will be kept private, of course, and your purchase price will be negotiated. I can sign it any way you like to anyone you like. Just let me know. Thanks for taking the time to consider my offer. Stay safe during the madness and read a good book *wink, wink*
– Dwayne Epstein

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