A Devil in the White City for early Hollywood: a true story of drugs, prostitution, intrigue, and murder at the dawn of the film industry. In the seminal year of 1920, movies were making a huge amount of money and never before had such a popular art so captured the public’s imagination, nor had a medium ever possessed such power to influence.
Unfortunately, when things seem too good to be true, they usually are. William Mann follows the labors of those building the studio system, their struggles and rivalries, as well as the many scandals and mysteries that defined these early days of the film industry.
He tells the true story behind the deaths that shaped Hollywood, as well as a portrait of an eccentric, lawless town by providing insights into the lives of people like Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, Fatty Arbuckle, and Asa Keyes. He also delves into the death of William Desmond Taylor—a murder Gore Vidal called “Hollywood’s greatest and most notorious unsolved mystery.” Reading this, it will be apparent that Tinseltown is as dark, fascinating and intriguing as any silver screen noir.
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