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Tinseltown : murder, morphine, and madness at the dawn of Hollywood

Author: William J Mann; Christopher Lane; Blackstone Audio, Inc.,
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2014] ℗2014
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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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 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Case studies
Named Person: William Desmond Taylor; William Desmond Taylor
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: William J Mann; Christopher Lane; Blackstone Audio, Inc.,
ISBN: 9781483024172 1483024172 9781483024196 1483024199
OCLC Number: 881451675
Notes: Title from container.
Compact discs.
"Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking"--Container.
Performer(s): Read by Christopher Lane.
Description: 14 audio discs (16 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: by William J. Mann.

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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 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. In a fiendishly involving narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J. Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released FBI files, to uncover the story of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse group of people who 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 Pictures, 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.

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