Thursday, October 3, 2013

True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders - Book Review

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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. While viewers were captivated by the drama playing out on the silver screen, the lives of the stars of these film noir classics were often far more exciting. 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 mobster 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. 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. Get the theories behind each case in this page-turner—then draw your own conclusions as to the truth behind some of the most prominent Hollywood mysteries.


Dina Di Mambro is a film historian and 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.

My Review:

I admittedly don't watch films of yesteryear. Black and white films aren't really my thing; however, a book that tells of Hollywood scandals and murder is. True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders is a comprehensive book that engages the readers in several stories about film legends who were caught up in bloodshed and wrondgoings. Each chapter highlights a different subject, the murder or mystery they were involved in, and suspects or people involved in the case. There are several black and white photographs jotted throughout the book to give you an idea of who the people are. Because so many people are featured, it's best to read this book in bits rather than several chapters at a time, so you can digest each story. It's a mesmeric book for fans of Hollywood legends or true crime.


Pink and Green Mom said...

Oooh, this book sounds awesome!I love old Hollywood stories! They used to have a show on E! a long time ago about old Hollywood murders and mysteries that was so good!

Masshole Mommy said...

This book sounds awesome. I love books like this.

Dianna said...

Hmm-- interesting so how long did it take you to read this-- was it slow in the beginning-- sometimes I find that and have a difficult time picking it up again-- its worth a shot looking into --thanks

momo said...

( True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murder) I saw this book listed somewhere else also. It looks like one that I would read for sure.