TINSELTOWN ~ Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
Book review and technical detail TINSELTOWN ~ Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood William J. Mann
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|Title||TINSELTOWN ~ Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood|
|author||William J. Mann|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Who dead William Desmond Taylor? Added than 90 years afterwards the baffling annihilation of the acclaimed director, blur historian and biographer Mann (Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand, 2012, etc.) takes up the algid case. The aftereffect is a arresting true-crime adventure that encompasses a bright aeon in blur history. On Feb. 1, 1922, an alien aggressor attempt the arresting administrator in the active allowance of his Los Angeles apartment. A adulterated badge investigation, apocryphal leads, flat coverups, bribery and a media aberration ensued. The admiral at Famous Players–Lasky, the blur flat area Taylor worked, were added anxious about bad publicity than the accident of one of their arch directors. They fabricated alacrity to aggregate Taylor’s papers, lest they accommodate any aroma of aspersion (they did), and stored them at the studio, compromising the investigation. The timing couldn’t accept been worse with the trials (there were three) of accepted banana amateur Fatty Arbuckle, who was accused of murdering a adolescent actress, already in the headlines. The flat didn’t appetite addition Hollywood aspersion active up the public. In this context, Mann seamlessly weaves the capacity of the annihilation investigation, assemblage and bi-weekly accounts into the affluent history of aboriginal film. The columnist additionally profiles cine ability brokers, including Adolph Zukor, who founded and congenital the boss Paramount. Like the movies, the adventure has its beauties. Mabel Normand, a comedic brilliant who had alternate to the awning afterwards blame a cocaine habit, was Taylor’s longtime acquaintance and became a doubtable due to her accomplished associations with biologic dealers. Mary Miles Minter, a boyish starlet, was bedeviled with Taylor to the point of stalking him. Margaret Gibson (aka Patricia Palmer), an extra on the binding who knew Taylor back they were both starting out in the movies, associated with petty abyss complex in scams and blackmailing schemes. While analytic for a band-aid to the amazing crime, Mann masterfully captures the zeitgeist of Hollywood in its aboriginal days.
New York Times BestsellerEdgar Award winner for Best Fact CrimeThe Day of the Locust meets The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this juicy, untold Hollywood story: an addictive true tale of ambition, scandal, intrigue, murder, and the creation of the modern film industry.By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America’s new favorite pastime, and one of the nation’s largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence. Yet Hollywood’s glittering ascendency was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies—including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.In a fiendishly involving narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J. Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released FBI files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse cast that surrounded him—including three beautiful, ambitious actresses; a grasping stage mother; a devoted valet; and a gang of two-bit thugs, any of whom might have fired the fatal bullet. And overseeing this entire landscape of intrigue was Adolph Zukor, the brilliant and ruthless founder of Paramount, locked in a struggle for control of the industry and desperate to conceal the truth about the crime. Along the way, Mann brings to life Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties: a sparkling yet schizophrenic town filled with party girls, drug dealers, religious zealots, newly-minted legends and starlets already past their prime—a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate.A true story recreated with the suspense of a novel, Tinseltown is the work of a storyteller at the peak of his powers—and the solution to a crime that has stumped detectives and historians for nearly a century.
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