Hollywood's Dark History
Silver Screen Scandals
Imprint: Pen and Sword History
192 Pages, 6 x 9.25 in, 25 black and white illustrations
- January 2020
- In Stock
The dawning of the nineteenth century brought with it a new era for entertainment. Vaudeville was the preferred form of entertainment, until the popularization of the silent film. This new medium proved to be a draw for many of the stars of the Vaudevillian stage and soon they migrated to the exciting possibilities that the movies had to offer. Audiences were instantly enthralled and captivated by the stars of the silent screen. The early days of Hollywood were full of glamour and a newfound decadence. The stars in these films were instantly catapulted to fame and fortune and the spotlight of the public eye. The real people behind the glamour were far different than the characters that audiences grew to know and love and much like Hollywood today, the lives of the stars were often full of scandal and debauchery.
This book examines the forgotten scandals of yesterday, featuring silent and silver screen stars like Jean Harlow, Mae West, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Errol Flynn. Don't let the romanticized black and white world of yesterday fool you, their stories are rife with sex, drugs and murder.
"...pleasant to read, and offers a remarkable bibliography to deepen the stories covered." ~Old Barbed Wire Blog
"Superb selection of photos in the middle of the book, and the text is absolutely riveting!" ~Books Monthly