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Famous players : the mysterious death of William Desmond Taylor /

Geary, Rick (author.).

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Florence - Pamplico Branch YGN 741.5 Geary (Text) 33172004893564 Young Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Lancaster - Kershaw Branch Y 741.5 GEA (Text) 30553102376797 Young Adult Non-Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781561635603
  • ISBN: 156163560X
  • ISBN: 9781561635559
  • ISBN: 1561635553
  • ISBN: 9781561635597
  • ISBN: 1561635596
  • Physical Description: print
    1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : NBM Comics Lit, [2009]

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General Note: Accelerated Reader MG+ 6.9 1 131136
A Junior Library Guild selection
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: When William Desmond Taylor is found dead of a gunshot wound, the motion picture community cannot believe that Taylor could draw the ire of anyone, let alone a murderer. The ensuing investigation reveals that the well-respected director was not the person he seemed and neither were his friends.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader MG+ 6.9 1 131136
Awards Note:
A Junior Library Guild selection
Subject: Taylor, William Desmond 1877-1922 Comic books, strips, etc
Motion picture producers and directors Comic books, strips, etc
Murder California Los Angeles Comic books, strips, etc
Taylor, William Desmond 1877-1922
Motion picture producers and directors California Los Angeles
Murder California Los Angeles
Cartoons and comics

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781561635603
Famous Players : The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
Famous Players : The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
by Geary, Rick (Illustrator)
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Gr 10 Up-This title follows Geary's successful A Treasury of Victorian Murder (NBM, 2003) in style. It explores and exposes Hollywood's early glamour days, warts and all. Sophisticated and urbane silent movie director William Taylor was shot to death at home, where he lived alone. The murder, like all the others that Geary portrays, remains unsolved. In addition to exploring avenues of detection and speculation about the crime, Geary also notes race and gender issues of the 1920s and shows how the real people living the Hollywood dream might not have always been what they wanted others to believe. Clothing, hairstyles, and architecture give readers a "you are there" sense, as does the action, which is seen by a somewhat distant observer. An excellent way to introduce teens to the establishment of pop-culture iconography.-Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The 10th in Geary's ongoing, multi-Eisner-nominated historical murder series, Famous Players tells the story of one of the first major Hollywood scandals. Silent film actor/director William Desmond Taylor was killed in his home in February 1922, not long after popular actor Fatty Arbuckle was also accused of murder. Geary presents the facts of the case in a series of historical chapters, offering up bungled investigative tactics, dead-end leads and a colorful cast of characters, all for the reader to analyze. His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films and giving life to such characters as actresses Mary Miles Minter and Mabel Normand and other early film business insiders. The narrative presents this murder, along with the Arbuckle case, as the beginning of Hollywood's lurid history, which he evokes with a series of plates depicting actors whose tragic deaths are noted beneath. By including not only the Black Dahlia but Natalie Wood, River Phoenix and Phil Hartman, he drives home the point that Hollywood has never escaped its dark past. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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