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Books by Nick Santa Maria


Nick is thrilled to announce the publication of his latest book, The Annotated Abbott & Costello.

Co-authored with renowned British historian Matthew Coniam, this long-awaited book delves into the films of the most popular comedians of the 1940s, whose burlesque-inspired routines enthralled audiences on both radio and television. However, their films have oddly not received the same level of attention from critics and writers as those of other comedy teams.  This book is a scene-by-scene, film-by-film guide to their movies, making a compelling case for their inclusion at the very top table of comic artists.


Featuring new research and some surprising revelations, the book will introduce nervous newcomers to the delights of this uproarious team and provide confirmed fans with the ultimate companion to their work. Also included is a foreword by John Landis, the celebrated director and Abbott and Costello devotee.

Released September 2022
Place your pre-order now in order to avoid disappointment.

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Autographed copies are available for a small fee covering shipping costs. If you would like a signed copy by Nick, please contact us first to place your order so that we can arrange this for you. 

Nick will be appearing at film festivals in the USA to promote the book. To find out more about these appearances, please subscribe to our mailing list on the contacts page, which you can find here

Other titles including the work of Nick Santa Maria that might interest you available on Amazon:

Dorothy Lee: The Life and Films of the Wheeler and Woolsey Girl

Based on years of conversations between the authors and Dorothy Lee, this book is an informative biography filled with revealing insights on navigating the studio system during Hollywood's Golden Age and the ephemeral nature of fame.

William Powell: Vintage Movie Magazines Revisited

In this volume, the first twenty years of William Powell’s life and career are presented unfiltered in a collection of feature articles by contemporary scribes of the industry, along with the generously added illustrative material culled from our collection and the collections of several other dedicated movie enthusiasts.

POP Twenty

POP TWENTY #1 is the first in a series of books devoted to 20th Century popular culture, and it offers much more than nostalgia "once over lightly." Reported by top-flight writers who are experts at exploring our shared memories of classic movies, early TV, old time radio, and pop music, POP TWENTY #1 is also richly illustrated with over 140 rare, often never-before-published, photos that bring the stories to life.

Pop Twenty #2

The POP TWENTY adventure continues with installment #2, another in this new series of books devoted to 20th Century popular culture. Michael (Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror) Mallory has written: "POP TWENTY is a true blast to the past, a real throwback to the 1960s and 1970s, when film journalism itself launched its own Golden Age.

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