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Little do they know that even 40 years after the fact there are still many people including a ruthless and powerful District Attorney along with old school L.A.P.D., famous silent stars and others who do not want that question answered!
King Vidor eventually finds himself caught in a web of intrigue dating back 40 years which includes not only murder, but false identities, the gay seen in early Hollywood, blackmail, obsession, and more...
This true to life mystery had me on the edge of my seat. Look for the scene where Vidor locates the once beautiful Mary Miles Mintner living all alone (or is she?) His visit to her 40 years after the murder is CHILLING!!! Mystery fans are in for a wild ride and film buffs will love this book...
Kirkpatrick has updated the old edition, correcting errors and incorporating new info. Even if you read the first edition, it's worth your while to read this updated edition.
I wish he had more photos, but that's my only criticism.
and as you blaze through it you constantly anticipate what the next character is going to divulge. As a lifelong movie buff I found the conversations between Vidor and those who had been there and done that absolutely fascinating. And that is the problem. At times it reads like a Chandler novel and I was left wondering how the author constructed the book. Did he take Vidor's papers and take license to put words in the mouths of those interviewed or did he write verbatim from the notes? Other reviewers have noted there are no citations or bibliography and I find this unsettling as well. I would love to see an addition to the book showing examples of Vidor's papers and an explanation by the author as to how he went about putting it together. I, for one, have no
doubt about the conclusions drawn: the lawsuits filed by Shelby, Minter, and especially Minter's sister Margaret,
are public record. The next edition should include testimony from those proceedings with proper citations
for all the author's sources. Quite simply, I loved the book as it gives us an insight into an American
art form that has all but vanished from our consciousness.