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A Cast of Killers by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

A Cast of Killers (1986)

by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

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    marginalprophet: Adela knew the killer before King Vidor.

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At first, I thought that this was a "Dan Brown-ish" made up thriller. After reading the end notes, I am not sure. Instead of just presenting the murder and clues, we are instead lead through the murder investigation by a long-dead movie director - - including what this director, King Vidor, was thinking. And, if these were indeed his thoughts, what a pedestrian man he was! It's hard to believe that a man who directed such great movies was such a dolt. In short, a twisted and plodding retelling (and maybe solution in the final chapters) of an unsolved murder mystery from the 1920s Hollywood. ( )
  jimcintosh | May 11, 2016 |
I found it quite engrossing. Having it written as King Vidor researching the murder 20+ years before was entertaining as well as informative and although it was fairly easy to see where it was headed, you had to keep reading to sew up all the loose ends. EXCELLENT! ( )
  violmando | Jul 21, 2011 |
William Desmond Taylor's murderer was Mary Miles Minter's mother. ( )
  picardyrose | Jul 19, 2008 |
I am also a big movie fan - especially the classics - and find the early days in movie history an amazing time to read about. These movie pioneers were some fascinating characters! This infamous (?) murder took place in the days of the silent pictures and I don't think that it has been solved in all these years. William Desmond Taylor, a famous director was found murdered in his California bungalow. Who did it? The not-so-innocent ingénue he was possibly having an affair with? Her difficult and disliked mother? The #1 comedy actress who may or may not have had a drug problem? These are a few of the cast of possible killers who read like a racey Agatha Christie story. ( )
  SunnieB | Mar 15, 2008 |
The true story of a director's murder, in early Hollywood. ( )
  corgidog2 | Mar 27, 2006 |
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On February 1, 1922, the distinguished silent-film director William Desmond Taylor was shot to death in his Los Angeles bungalow by an unknown assailant. Reports of strange activities at the scene of the crime circulated soon after. When the police arrived, was the head of Paramount Studios burning a bundle of papers in the fireplace, and was a well-known actress searching the house for letters she claimed were hers? Despite a full-scale investigation, the case was never solved; for sixty years is has remained a lingering Hollywood scandal. In 1967, more than forty years after Taylor's death, the great King Vidor, whose directing credits include Northwest Passage, The Fountainhead, Duel in the Sun, and War and Peace, determined to solve the mystery, which had haunted him throughout his career, in order to make a film about it. Through his intimate knowledge of both the studios and the stars, he succeeded, where dozens of professional detectives had failed, in discovering the identity of the murderer. But because his findings were so explosive, he decided he could never go public and locked his evidence away. After Vidor's death in 1982, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, Vidor's authorized biographer, gained access to the evidence and reconstructed the amazing story of Taylor's murder and Vidor's investigation. With a cast of suspects that includes the actress Mabel Normand, a reputed drug addict; the beautiful ingénue, Mary Miles Minter; Mary's domineering mother, Charlotte Shelby; Taylor's homosexual houseman; and Taylor's secretary, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Taylor's mysteriously elusive brother, this true crime story has all the elements of a classic murder mystery. Covered up for more than half a century, the full story can now be told in all its riveting, shocking detail.

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"The sensational true story of Hollywood's most scandalous murder--covered up for sixty years and solved at last by the great film director King Vidor"--Jacket subtitle.

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