A Cast of Killers

3.94 avg rating
( 676 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780553450903: A Cast of Killers

On February 1, 1922, the distinguished silent-film director William Desmond Taylor was shot to death in his Los Angeles bungalow by an unknown assailant. Reports of strange activities at the scene of the crime circulated soon after. When the police arrived, was the head of Paramount Studios burning a bundle of papers in the fireplace, and was a well-known actress searching the house for letters she claimed were hers? Despite a full-scale investigation, the case was never solved; for sixty years is has remained a lingering Hollywood scandal. In 1967, more than forty years after Taylor's death, the great King Vidor, whose directing credits include Northwest Passage, The Fountainhead, Duel in the Sun, and War and Peace, determined to solve the mystery, which had haunted him throughout his career, in order to make a film about it. Through his intimate knowledge of both the studios and the stars, he succeeded, where dozens of professional detectives had failed, in discovering the identity of the murderer. But because his findings were so explosive, he decided he could never go public and locked his evidence away. After Vidor's death in 1982, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, Vidor's authorized biographer, gained access to the evidence and reconstructed the amazing story of Taylor's murder and Vidor's investigation. With a cast of suspects that includes the actress Mabel Normand, a reputed drug addict; the beautiful ingénue, Mary Miles Minter; Mary's domineering mother, Charlotte Shelby; Taylor's homosexual houseman; and Taylor's secretary, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Taylor's mysteriously elusive brother, this true crime story has all the elements of a classic murder mystery. Covered up for more than half a century, the full story can now be told in all its riveting, shocking detail.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly:

As he was researching his "official" biography of King Vidor, the late film director, Kirkpatrick made the discovery on which this true crime story is built. Vidor, planning to make a movie about William Desmond Taylor, murdered in 1922, set out to investigate the unsolved crime 45 years later. Taylor had been a famous director of silents and his death was a sensation that ruined the careers of actresses Mary Miles Minter, Mabel Normand (the victim's reputed lovers) and other Hollywood luminaries. Kirkpatrick skillfully leads the reader into Vidor's search as the director studies old files and questions people in the movie colony who remembered those involved in the tragedy. The result is a riveting mystery. In his dramatic reconstruction, Kirkpatrick uncovers Vidor's convincing evidence, never disclosed by the director, that Taylor was killed by the mother of ingenue Minter. Photos not seen by PW. 50,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour. (June
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

In 1922, Hollywood film director William Desmond Taylor was murdered, and the crime was never officially solved. In 1967, the late director King Vidor decided to investigate the mystery in order to make a film about it. (No film resulted.) Kirkpatrick recounts the story of Vidor's sleuthing, which uncovered scandal, corruption, coverups, and, ultimately, Vidor believed, the identity of the killer. This is a well-researched book, breezily related, whose impact is lessened somewhat by digressions into Vidor's personal life. The combination of Hollywood and murder is likely to be popular. For most public libraries. Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy Used View Book
List Price: US$ 14.95
US$ 30.00

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 5.85
Within U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, Starring Richard Widmark in Role of King Vidor
Published by Bantam Audio Publishing, (1987)
ISBN 10: 0553450905 ISBN 13: 9780553450903
Used First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Bluff Park Rare Books
(LONG BEACH, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bantam Audio Publishing, 1987. Unbound. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. CASSETTE AUDIO TAPE IN BOX, 2 Cassettes, 180 Minutes, USED but nice condition Light Wear BoX, VG+ Condition, 1987, 1st Edition . true story of Hollywood's most scandalous Murder, William Desmond Taylor, one of Hollywoods most successful & respected Directors of 1920s is Victim of Unexplained Death. Bookseller Inventory # 23111

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 30.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.85
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds