LEE MARVIN RESEARCH MATERIAL FIRE SALE ON EBAY

Having finished Lee Marvin Point Blank more than three years ago, I have found myself with a plethora of collectible research material and memorabilia I have no room to maintain while trying to concentrate on my next project. So, the most logical thing to do with said material is to sell them to the most interested parties. Ebay has proved to be an excellent venue and I have proceeded to do just that.
What it is I’m referring to is rich and varied. I had been working on the book for almost 20 years so consequently, I have amassed quite a collection: Everything from original film & TV stills, to countless magazines, clippings, books, presskits, pressbooks, videos, you name it! These rarities cross the spectrum of media as Marvin’s career ws equally varied and encompassed film, TV and stage. Below are several typical examples currently on Ebay, such as this collection of Western paperback tie-ins. By the way, if you didn’t know (as I didn’t, until I learned) the words in blue here are actually links to the Ebay page of the items, which allows you go right to it and check the items out. But first…..

Four Lee Marvin western movie tie-in paperbacks currently available on Ebay.

Four Lee Marvin western movie tie-in paperbacks currently available on Ebay.

All four books are in great condition and highlight a different time and way in which films were cross-promoted. Also currently available is the 15th anniversary issue of Playboy Magazine from 1969 featuring a lengthy interview with Marvin…

Cover of Playboy Magazine's 15th Anniversry issue which contains and overflowing plethora of special features!

Cover of Playboy Magazine’s 15th Anniversry issue which contains and overflowing plethora of special features!

First page of the lengthy and incisive PLAYBOY interview Lee Marvin did for Playboy's 15th Anniversary issue in 1969.

First page of the lengthy and incisive PLAYBOY interview Lee Marvin did for Playboy’s 15th Anniversary issue in 1969.

A better description and accompanying images exist on the auction page, by the way. Other items include some of the other books I had to read, for better or for worse, that helped with my research. Here are two examples. Lee’s widow, Pam Marvin’s book, Lee: A Romance, was acquired as an uncorreted, proof, as shown below…

Cover of the uncorrected proof for LEE: A ROMANCE by Pam Marvin.

Cover of the uncorrected proof for LEE: A ROMANCE by Pam Marvin.

Also acquired was Donald Zec’s book, Marvin, in paperback format which was ‘authorized’ by Lee, although he later said much of what was in it, he concocted….

Cover of the British paperback biography of Lee Marvin by Donald Zec.

Cover of the British paperback biography of Lee Marvin by Donald Zec.

Not all the items I’ve listed are of similiar ilk. Take for example the original lobby cards from Point Blank also show below….

2 original lobby cards from POINT BLANK now available on Ebay.

2 original lobby cards from POINT BLANK now available on Ebay.

The preceding items were simply random examples of what I’m selling. There are more, of course, including several non-Marvin related items, if you’re a fan of pop culture in general. Over the next several weeks and months I’ll be posting more items, so if in reading this, you have a personal favorite item you’ve always wanted to own, by all means message me her at the space provided below and I’ll make every effort to fulfill your ‘wish list.’ Until then, please feel free to check out all my postings and take full advantage of this Lee Marvin Ebay fire sale. Thanks and enjoy!

 

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ANGEL TOMPKINS ON WORKING W/ LEE MARVIN IN PRIME CUT

Angel Tompkins worked with Lee Marvin brilliantly in the 1972 cult film Prime Cut. At the time I was researching Lee Marvin Point Blank (which has exclusive info about making the strange Michael Ritchie film), I had not been able to contact her. Now that the book has been out for a while, I was lucky enough to come in contact with her via Facebook. When I asked her back in March of 2013,  about the experience of working with Lee, her response was both refreshing and eye-opening……

Angel Tompkins

2 ad campaigns for Prime Cut. The one on the left wisely included an image of Angel Tompkins.

 

“Lee Marvin was a delight and consummate actor to work with. He was respectful of women he worked with on the set and loved to act. We had the hottest scene and the studio, National General, had it recut because it was so hot that when there was an airing on KCET of the film the audience calls went nuts…Now the film would be a PG rating.

Angel Tompkins

Angel Tompkins’ featured item in the Prime Cut Pressbook

We were nominated by the NATO awards and his new/former sweetheart [Pam Marvin] would not allow us on the stage together or to be photographed together. Such a shame…I just appreciated him for his manners on the set and gift as an actor. Whatever she thought she was wrong, I never fell for my leading men ever, work was work and a joy to create characters. Pity the absurd fantasies of wives and girlfriends. …
P.S. I wore a see through knited dress that clinged to ever angle at the awards (with nude one piece to cover parts) but Lee still made a wonderful comment when his wife wasn’t present as we walked together towards the awards banquet. He wasn’t drinking on Prime Cut either. love and joy to all. thanks Angel Tompkins “

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LEE MARVIN IN THE GREAT GRANDDADDY OF MENS MAGAZINES

In print since 1845, The Police Gazette is without question the great granddaddy of all men’s magazines. With that in mind it was ineveitable that the ubiquitous periodical would do a piece on Lee Marvin. It seems required by law that men’s magazines of every stripe would do one and the Gazette caught up with the trend in its June, 1975 issue.

June 1975 cover of Police Gazette featuring Lee Marvin.

June 1975 cover of Police Gazette featuring Lee Marvin.

Sadly, the powers-that-be decided the piece would be written by Donald Zec. Zec was a British gossip columnist who wrote the first biography on Marvin back in 1980 and his eye-wincing prose and factual misinformation was one of several factors that led me to write my own bio on the actor. The article below was probably from Zec’s initial research and the mistakes run the gamut from erroneous to forehead slappingly bad. Examples? Well, on the erroneous side THE LOSERS was not a movie but a TV show, the Woodstock toilet story is pure fiction, Lee’s first wife Betty was an artist NOT an art lecturer, etc.
On the other end of the spectrum of inaccuracies is the fact that Pam Marvin (née Feeley) was married FOUR times before she wed Lee, and they were NOT high school sweethearts, Michele Triola was hardly a redhead nor was she a popular singer. The most glaring of all? The story of Triola & Marvin’s meeting was not the cute anecdote they both recount below. Their actual first encounter, as described to this author by several sources, was of a much different nature. You’ll have to read Lee Marvin: Point Blank to find that out but in the mean time, relish poor Mr Zec’s attempt at tongue-in-cheek humor and purple prose below…..

Police Gazette, page 1

Police Gazette, page 1

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