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True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders
     

True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders

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by Dina Di Mambro
 

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2014 IPPY Bronze Medal Award. A tantalizing mixture of classic Hollywood nostalgia and true crime, True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murder, featuring 100 rare photographs, is suspenseful, entertaining, and eminently readable. Uncover true stories of mystery and murder in a dozen different chapters featuring William Desmond Taylor, Thomas Ince, Jean

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2014 IPPY Bronze Medal Award. A tantalizing mixture of classic Hollywood nostalgia and true crime, True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murder, featuring 100 rare photographs, is suspenseful, entertaining, and eminently readable. Uncover true stories of mystery and murder in a dozen different chapters featuring William Desmond Taylor, Thomas Ince, Jean Harlow, Thelma Todd, Joan Bennett, Lana Turner, George Reeves, Gig Young, Bob Crane, Natalie Wood, Robert Blake, and Mickey Cohen. Included in the cast of characters of this book are Johnny Stompanato, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, and Charlie Chaplin. And find never before told mob stories about Ben "Bugsy" Siegel, Virginia Hill, and a host of notorious underworld figures.

From 1922 until 2001, explore some of Filmland's most fascinating mysteries, scandals and murders true Hollywood noir lived by the players behind the scenes. Each chapter dissects the various theories in each case, but it is up to you to make up your own mind. From the West Coast mob and city corruption intertwining with Hollywood mysteries on and off the screen, to the plots of noir films pulled from actual happenings in the underworld, get the stories behind the stories, the darker images playing out in living color behind the silver screen.

While most of the actors featured here met with untimely tragic deaths or notorious misfortune coloring the remainder of their lives, the talent of these highly creative individuals and the legacy they've left us gives them a timeless immortality.

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Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
In Hollywood, murder and mystery are par for the course, and in this fascinating true crime compendium, Di Mambro explores a host of famous scandals—some as old as the movie industry itself. Sex, drugs, and money have always had incendiary consequences in Hollywood, and Di Mambro provides backstories of some of Hollywood's most sordid affairs—the death of Gig Young, the murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley, and many more—inviting readers to make up their own minds about what really happened. Di Mambro has clearly done her research, and the versions of events she pieces together are entertaining and plausible. While her prose tends to meander at times, readers who are enthusiastic true crime aficionados or Hollywood scandal fans will enjoy this book immensely.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615572697
Publisher:
Classichollywoodbios.com Publications
Publication date:
08/30/2013
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
703,844
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Dina Di Mambro is a film historian and award winning entertainment writer who has worked as a research consultant for A&E Biography and "E" Entertainment Television documentaries. She started writing for Hollywood Studio Magazine and other publications while still in her teens. As a journalist, she has interviewed such luminaries as Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine and Dyan Cannon.

As Dina-Marie Kulzer, she authored Television Series Regulars of the Fifties and Sixties in Interview, consisting of twenty-two interviews with classic television stars. It was praised by The TV Collector as "the kind of book that will elate baby-booming TV fans. The author has hand-picked a great bunch of classic television people for conversations about their careers-a handy addition to any nostalgia buff's library." She currently lives in Long Beach, California.

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True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book you will not be able to put down. I read and reread every chapter because it was packed full of juicy details. The writer, Dina Di Mambro, is so talented. I enjoyed all of the rare photos. I bought the book because I wanted to read about Mickey Cohen but I found that I enjoyed even the chapters about people I was not familiar with. Dina Di Mambro has done her research. I already bought six copies and sent them to friends. I hope this author writes an entire book on mobsters.
BarbaraLyn More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered what the “real” story was behind some of the Hollywood’s biggest names? How did they really die? Did they really kill their significant other? What was their life really like? If so, they a copy of True Hollywood Noir will help satisfy that curiosity. A dozen stories will keep you reading far into the night. The author writes well and keeps the reader interested. You learn things you never knew about these stars. Using references taken directly from other sources lets you know she did her research. The chapter about Mickey Cohen had writing quoted directly from a source. This was like reading the writing of a third grader. Para-phrasing the information in her own words would have made it easier and more palatable to read. But that was only in one chapter. None of the other chapters had that much quoted directly from others. This book was well written and held my interested completely. Several of the stars I didn’t know at all while others were actors/actresses that I have watched many times. It amazes me how much we really don’t know about Hollywood and what goes on. If you like mobsters, black and white films, scandals, and of course murder mysteries, this book will be one you won’t put down until you finish it. It was certainly one that found me still reading at 2 am.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating read. Di Mambro is a good writer who know a LOT about her subjects. Lots of great pictures, too! Danek S. Kaus
Kim_Jonestown More than 1 year ago
Ate it up! Delicious scandals and murder mysteries. Ate this up like a 5 pound box of chocolates. Thoroughly enjoyed all the vintage movie scandals and mob tales.