Who knew real life could so closely resemble Scooby Doo? This is a very thorough examination of all the suspects as well as the cover-ups and concerns over bad publicity by the studios. Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness At the Dawn of Hollywood. Again, just so many words! It has always intrigued and excited me. Based upon these, the reporters alleged that a sexual relationship between the 49-year-old Taylor and 19-year-old Minter had started when she was 17. Possibly one of the best feature adaptations of his stage work, the highly successful movie earned several award nominations, including Simon's first for an Academy Award. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy 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.
Noted director William Desmond Taylor has been murdered and in addition to the sensational murder, we get backgrounds on Mabel Normand, Mary Miles Minter, Adolph Zukor, failed starlet Patricia Palmer, Fatty Arbuckle and a good deal of information about the studio system, the Hayes office, and many many many other events. Excruciatingly boring at times, and very, very bad substitutes for a juicy murder case. The author claims to have invented no dialogue, basing all words on interviews, memoirs, diaries and letters. Based upon Normand's subsequent statements to investigators, her repeated relapses were devastating for Taylor. Mann states that Sands was never seen again, although other accounts claim that the ex-valet was found dead under suspicious circumstances. And as a reader who never finishes a book within the first day, or even the first week, of starting it, these subtle descriptive reminders were helpful for me to remember who certain people were. The picture that was painted, and perhaps it was accurate, was of a bunch of drug crazed sex addicts, running Hollywood for their own hedonistic pleasures.
And now I want to read lots more about all three women. Mann examines the still unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor in 1922 through the lives and careers of three women: Mabel Normand, Mary Miles Minter, and Margaret Gibson a. I still want to know what happened to the dame whose hair was flying in the wind. The murder occurred around the time of another celebrity Roscoe Arbuckle who was on trial for the murder of a young actress named Virginia Rappe. However, you can email posts on this blog to others, link to blog entries, and the like. However, the author is certainly realistic in re-telling how the crime scene was compromised and how the investigation was stalled and evidence covered up. If you have any interest in either true crime, or the early days of Hollywood, this is an interesting account of both a tragic event and how it was dealt with by an industry just beginning to feel their influence, and flex their muscles, in a fast changing time.
About the Author William J. If you have the slightest curiosity about the dark purple scars of Hollywood history, this is the go-to book you cannot miss. In answering the question of who murdered the famous movie director in the early 1920s, the author delivers an interesting look at Hollywood in its infancy. This is a nonfiction book full of passion and energy. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of Hollywood and murder mysteries of the golden era.
Even if you have little interest in true crime, the soap-opera like saga found in these pages is almost certain to draw you in. 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. Mann seamlessly weaves the details of the murder investigation, witnesses and newspaper accounts into the rich history of early film. Mann, whom I talked to by phone last week. Despite the press attention on the crime, though, no one was ever prosecuted. It was just too long, and too digressive for my taste.
Tinseltown is a true crime book about the murder of actor-director William Desmond Taylor. The closest version to the original premiered in 2010 at 148 minutes. There is some especially interesting stuff about the pursuits of Adolph Zukor, the co-head of Famous Players-Lasky who eventually founded Paramount Pictures, to monopolize the profits of the industry. It has a dedicated following of armchair sleuths obsessed with each and every aspect of yes, that's a thing. Originally I thought I would probably go into more about Fatty Arbuckle and Olive Thomas and Wally Reed, I thought I would really tell of those scandal stories, but I realized that took away from the story. I found myself stealing time during my day to p The whimsical vintage cover design of William J.
It boasts an all Native-American cast, was shot in Indian country and is as much a piece of American history as entertainment. A huge pie-fight serves as the climax, but there was so much more prior to it and most of it is back with music provided by Marvin Faulwell and Bob Keckeisen. This is believed to be the first film version of Mary Shelley's classic novel. The religious conservatives were saying that Hollywood values were destroying the fabric of America. What makes his case somewhat unique is that there were deliberate efforts from people high-up in the movie industry to ensure that the case remained enigmatic and unsolved. Mary Miles Minter and her mother were bitterly divided by financial disputes and lawsuits for a time, but they later reconciled.
Very readable and enjoyed every page! That said, I found the story of wannabe star Gibby Gibson to be one of the most fascinating parts of the book. In 1988, the play was adapted into a well-received film starring Matthew Broderick as Eugene and Christopher Walken as Sgt. Others expressed frustration with repetitious descriptions throughout the book. Searle Dawley, the film has no credited cast, but we do know the names of the three main players: Augustus Phillips as Victor Frankenstein, Mary Fuller as Elizabeth and Charles Ogle as the monster and this monster must be seen to be believed! How many times did he have to tell the reader that Adolph Zukor was short, for example? Feel free to leave a comment regardless of the date the review was posted -- I read 'em all. Mann laced fantastic details throughout.
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness At the Dawn of Hollywood. The only thing we don't really get is more than a passing bit of information about Mr. Her lucky break came in 1951 when she was tapped to appear in a screen test for Universal opposite Detroit Lions' defensive end Leon Hart, who was attempting to break into show business. . Last pages are ya ready? And Gibbie, desperate for a second chance to debut as a film actress, moves from scheme to scheme. It truly reads like a novel. 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 Label Tinseltown : Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood.
This is certainly a good book to read in light of author's own investigation but does little to solve this 1922 case where all witnesses have passed on. What makes his case somewhat unique is that there were deliberate efforts from people high-up in the movie industry to ensure that the case remained enigmatic and unsolved. I've been reading a lot of books set in this era of Hollywood, and this is one of my absolute favorites. There were suspicions on who might have done it, but no arrests and nothing proven. None of this is evidence any better than that for the primary suspect, and frankly, while the scenario he constructs is plausible enough, it has the kind of plausibility I expect in detective fiction , not in real life.