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A Treasury of Xxth Century Murder: Famous Players, the Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor

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Early Hollywood director Taylor is found shot. Was it the star May Miles Minter or a former butler? A scandal sheet delectable murder mystery.

Review:

"The 10th in Geary's ongoing, multi — Eisner-nominated historical murder series, Famous Players tells the story of one of the first major Hollywood scandals. Silent film actor/director William Desmond Taylor was killed in his home in February 1922, not long after popular actor Fatty Arbuckle was also accused of murder. Geary presents the facts of the case in a series of historical chapters, offering up bungled investigative tactics, dead-end leads and a colorful cast of characters, all for the reader to analyze. His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films and giving life to such characters as actresses Mary Miles Minter and Mabel Normand and other early film business insiders. The narrative presents this murder, along with the Arbuckle case, as the beginning of Hollywood's lurid history, which he evokes with a series of plates depicting actors whose tragic deaths are noted beneath. By including not only the Black Dahlia but Natalie Wood, River Phoenix and Phil Hartman, he drives home the point that Hollywood has never escaped its dark past." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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It's the early days of Hollywood, movies are just starting to come of their own and gain in popularity. New Stars are made. The movies are still silent but their stars' certainly are not in the scandal sheets. Amidst this new boiling cauldron, William Desmond Taylor, a successful director at the 'upscale' Famous Players Studio is found shot in his home.. Could it have been the star Mary Miles Minter or a former butler? But then, what about that strange past Taylor had? Another delectable mystery as only Geary can tell 'em!

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ISBN:
9781561635559
Author:
Geary, Rick
Publisher:
ComicsLit
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Crime & Mystery
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Nonfiction
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Nonfiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Treasury of XXth Century Murder
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The 10th in Geary's ongoing, multi — Eisner-nominated historical murder series, Famous Players tells the story of one of the first major Hollywood scandals. Silent film actor/director William Desmond Taylor was killed in his home in February 1922, not long after popular actor Fatty Arbuckle was also accused of murder. Geary presents the facts of the case in a series of historical chapters, offering up bungled investigative tactics, dead-end leads and a colorful cast of characters, all for the reader to analyze. His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films and giving life to such characters as actresses Mary Miles Minter and Mabel Normand and other early film business insiders. The narrative presents this murder, along with the Arbuckle case, as the beginning of Hollywood's lurid history, which he evokes with a series of plates depicting actors whose tragic deaths are noted beneath. By including not only the Black Dahlia but Natalie Wood, River Phoenix and Phil Hartman, he drives home the point that Hollywood has never escaped its dark past." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , It's the early days of Hollywood, movies are just starting to come of their own and gain in popularity. New Stars are made. The movies are still silent but their stars' certainly are not in the scandal sheets. Amidst this new boiling cauldron, William Desmond Taylor, a successful director at the 'upscale' Famous Players Studio is found shot in his home.. Could it have been the star Mary Miles Minter or a former butler? But then, what about that strange past Taylor had? Another delectable mystery as only Geary can tell 'em!
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