Reseda, California: Don Goodwin Printers, . Illustrated. First Edition, second printing. Signed presentation from Hagner on the copyright page: “To Bill—Good fortune to you always, John Hagner. 4/12/80.” With an additional inscription below: “With every good wish, Ruby Gaile Chambers. 4-12-80.” Hagner was a stuntman, artist, author, and founder of the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame, Inc. Hagner moved to California after service in World War II so he could pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a stuntman. He continued getting stunt jobs and collecting related memorabilia. His big dream was to eventually open up a museum for the stuntmen. Hagner doubled for Gardner McKay in the television series called “Adventures in Paradise”. He then appeared in many movies, including, “The Great Race”, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”, “Captain Newman, MD”, “Police Woman”, and others. He also appeared in TV movies and on regularly scheduled television programs, including “Bus Stop”, “Felony Squad”, “Outer Limits”, “Hank”, “Batman”, “Steve Allen Tonight Show”, “Truth and Consequences”, and others. He had also done live-action appearances and commercials. Over the years, Hagner’s stuntman-related collection had grown from stills to weapons, costumes, saddles, stunt equipment. In 1973, Hagner incorporated the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame, and he became its President and Founder, and Chairman of the Board – all positions which he retained throughout his lifetime. “Falling For Stars” is one of the first books ever written on the stunt profession. Small quarto: pictorial wraps; 126 pages. A few copies were hardbound for presentation. Item #58039
Very Good (minor wear; contents clean & tight).