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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Whitechapel Productions (September 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892523604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892523600
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By konacoffee on June 25, 2010
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I'll just keep it short. The photos are not the best quality and many were already seen in the trashy old Hollywood Babylon books. The author takes a lot of info from those books and just changes a few sentences to avoid a plagiarism rap. The Arbuckle stories in particular, right down to Kenneth Anger's addition of "weird moans," which the author here writes word for word.
There were some stories I wasn't aware of, I didn't know George Raft had some serious crime connections, but I never was big into Raft.
I have to say it is better than the Babylon books. They were just sleazy and that author flat out invented things.
The book saves a kinky guy for last: Bob Crane.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William A. Howes on April 26, 2012
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A well-done account of crime and scandal in Hollywood and, being by Troy Taylor, occasional tales of ghosts and hauntings. There's the reported haunting by sexy blonde commedienne Thelma (Hot Toddy) Todd, murdered, it is said, when she refused to allow Mafia-boss Lucky Luciano to introduce gambling at her nightclub. George Reeves has been seen, sometimes in his Superman costume, at his old home where he committed suicide or, as some believe, was murdered. Lon Chaney, the Man of a Thousand Faces, still haunts the studio where he worked.

Even when ghosts are not involved. the tales are fascinating. The blooody end of the would-be actress known as the Black Dahlia, the death of Jean Harlow's husband Paul Bern, the story of Valentino, the studio-aided newspaper scandal that destoyed the undeserving Fatty Arbuckle, the Hillside Strangler case, and the terrifying Manson Family murders. Crime scene photos, by the way, show the sufficiently-but-not-overly detailed remains of the dismembered Black Dahlia and Sharon Tate; I'd never seen either published before.

There's Jayne Mansfield and her likely publicity-driven flirtation with Anton LaVey's Church of Satan, Lana Turner and the death of boyfriend and hoodlum Johnny Stampanato, the meteoric career of gay/bi-sexual James Dean, the ignominious death of Lupe Veleze, and the suicide of the actress from the Hollywood sign...all among the o0ther stories related.

Overall, an excellent review of Tinsel Town's more notorious scandals and ghosts. I found the capsule accounts of Marilyn Monroe's career, among others, especially enlightening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on September 1, 2012
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Sorry I can't recommend it. Nothing new here. There are several books on Hollywood history and tales of the stars that are much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Divin on October 22, 2009
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This is a great sit down and get away from it all book. Has great pictures and story dialogue to go with it. Very entertaining!
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By bexmom2000 on December 30, 2012
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If you love to read the scandalous lives of the Hollywood's greatest and tragic stars from the beginning of early Hollywood I highly recommend this book. I love reading about the earliest stars of yesteryear such as Olive Thomas who's story is so tragic even though she married into the most influential Hollywood family at that time. Great read.
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