Hollywood’s Silent Closet
by Darwin Porter
Genre: Biography; Film and Television
Copyright Year: 2001
Publisher: Blood Moon Productions
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Electronic Format Available
No. of Pages: 750
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Hollywood at the dawn of the Talkies was one of the most gossippy and sexual places on Earth. This anthology of star-studded scandal from the 1920s provides insights and eyewitness accounts of the sometimes sordid pastimes of most of the great lovers of the Silent Screen. It also documents the often tragic endings of America’s first screen idols, some of whom became incredibly wealthy during an era when many newcomers to America arrived almost broke. Their fame was unimaginable, even by today’s standards: Some of the stars of the Silent Screen admitted, almost regretfully, to being more famous than the monarchs of England and Jesus Christ combined. Hollywood’s Silent Closet is the most intimate and most realistic novel about sex, murder, blackmail, and degradation in early Hollywood ever written. Specific names are not spared in this glittery compilation: They’re all here–the brave, the coquettish, the heroic, and the merely silly, with eyewitness accounts of the bar-room and boudoir antics of Valentino, Francis X. Bushman, Ramon Novarro, John Barrymore, Charlie Chaplin, the Gish sisters, Nazimova, Pola Negri, Fatty Arbuckle, and the most famous cross-dresser of his era, Julian Eltinge. There’s even a breakdown of the most famous unsolved murder in the history of film: the unexplained death of noted Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor. Narrating this info-novel, and providing the glue that binds the anecdotes together, is the incomparable Durango Jones, a blue-eyed Kansas cowboy, go-getter, and professional star-fucker that everyone in Hollywood most wants to either emulate or emasculate. Exploiting his role first as Chaplin’s chauffeur, then as procurer and errand boy to thestars, he’s not afraid to be a switch-hitter, jumping cooperatively between roles, on both the screen and in the boudoir, that only the most skilled of actors and diplomats can play.
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