The Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine

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"Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling are virtually unknown outside of Hollywood and little remembered even there, but as general manager and head of publicity for MGM, they were lords of the star-studded universe of Hollywood's golden age from the 1920s through the 1940s. When MGM stars found themselves in trouble, it was Eddie and Howard who solved their problems, hid their crimes, and kept their secrets. They were "the Fixers."" "Through a complex web of contacts, Mannix and Strickling covered up some of the most notorious crimes and scandals in ...
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"Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling are virtually unknown outside of Hollywood and little remembered even there, but as general manager and head of publicity for MGM, they were lords of the star-studded universe of Hollywood's golden age from the 1920s through the 1940s. When MGM stars found themselves in trouble, it was Eddie and Howard who solved their problems, hid their crimes, and kept their secrets. They were "the Fixers."" "Through a complex web of contacts, Mannix and Strickling covered up some of the most notorious crimes and scandals in Hollywood history, keeping stars out of jail and their indiscretions out of the papers. They handled problems as diverse as the murder of Paul Bern (husband of Jean Harlow), the studio-directed drug addictions of Judy Garland, the murder of Ted Healy (creator of the Three Stooges) at the hands of Wallace Beery, and the adoption by an unmarried Loretta Young of her own child, fathered by a married Clark Gable." Through exhaustive research and interviews with contemporaries, this dual biography describes how a mob-related New Jersey laborer and the quiet son of a grocer became the most powerful men at the biggest studio in the world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786420278
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/29/2004
  • Pages: 341
  • Sales rank: 293,513
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

E.J. Fleming has been researching Hollywood for decades. He lives in Barrington, Illinois and has penned biographies of Carole Landis and Wallace Reid, among his other books about Hollywood culture.

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Table of Contents

Prologue - call Mr. Strickling 3
1 The movies find Hollywood 5
2 Building the Emerald City 19
3 Omens, and the twenties end roaring 53
4 The 1930s : the golden age of trouble 87
5 The 1940s : war inside and out 189
6 The 1950s : relics and the last big secret 232
Postscript - fade out 275
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine

    The stories in this book are so amazing. I never realized how many scandals were covered up in classic Hollywood. After reading this book you feel like you know everyone's dirty little secrets. It's very well-researched and keeps your interest. I read the entire book in one night! My only complaint is the book wasn't long enough. I want to learn more about Lupe Velez, Carole Landis, Marion Davies, and the others stars I read about. I hope Mr. Fleming will be writing some more books soon.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    A great history

    This is a wonderful history of the early days of the movies. The stories are fabulous and the personalities are very interesting. Anyone interested in the true history of Hollywood will love this book. I did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine

    This is an interesting book about what really went on behind the scenes in Hollywood. It's very well researched and filled with great stories about classic stars. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of classic movies!

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

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    This book was an eye-popper! Some of the stories I knew before

    This book was an eye-popper! Some of the stories I knew before (Thelma Todd, Tyrone Power & Judy Garland, Loretta Young & Clark Gable) but these revelations are unheard of...Wallace Beery, Carole Landis, etc. so, a great read, although Fleming does tend to hop around. At least when he is giving a personal opinion, he lets you know. It is a shame that the modern celebrities are are so lambasted for their morals, they are doing nothing new, just in your face.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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