Long-time Professor of English at Curry College, Dr. William Russo tells what really happened to Jim Kirkwood as a boy in this compelling look at one of the most prolific show business personalities of the twentieth century. Russo reveals: "He gave me a teasing confession about the true story."
Riding James Kirkwood's Ponyby William Russo
James Kirkwood won a Pulitzer Prize for writing the book of A CHORUS LINE. Earlier however, he was a son of movie stars, growing up in Hollywood. He wrote a fictional account of a murder his mother was thought to have committed in THERE MUST BE A PONY, first as a short story, then a novel, three-act play, one-act play, radio production, staged reading, and screenplay. It was purported to be fiction, but was it? Did Jim Kirkwood know who killed his mother's lover?
At long last the nonfiction version of the story reaches you, told by Kirkwood to his friend over the years.
At twelve, Jimmy repoted finding a body with a bullet in its head at his Manhattan Beach home. The victim was his mother's lover...and boy's close companion. The case was never solved, confounding police, and causing Kirkwood to be haunted by the scene of the crime throughout his creative life. Kirkwood knew who did it.
"I will make everything extremely clear to you when I get my hands around your throat.You will be shot at sunrise, disemboweled on the Boston Common, etc. etc...and I will have a wild gypsy lady I know read your entrails." Jimmy Kirkwood to Bill Russo when he asked too many questions about the murder.
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