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"Hot Toddy"

In the 1931 film “Monkey Business,” comedian Groucho Marx tells actress Thelma Todd: “You’re a woman who’s been getting nothing but dirty breaks. Well, we can clean and tighten your brakes, but you’ll have to stay in the garage all night.” In 1935, Todd was found dead in her garage, apparently having fallen asleep from drinking with the car still running. 8 more words


David Carradine: The Eye of My Tornado: A Portrait by Marina Anderson

After spying this biographical tale in the second-hand section of the local thrift shop last year, I grabbed it on a whim. I was still in shock at Carradine’s death by “autoerotic asphyxiation” as determined by a coroner back when his body was discovered in a Bangkok, Thailand hotel closet in 2009. 594 more words


Clark and McCullough

Clark and McCullough were two vaudevillians transplanted onto the silver screen of the Depression-devastated 1930’s. A sort of forgotten (or buried?) Laurel and Hardy, they specialized in Marx Brothers’-style slapstick and screwball shenanigans. 162 more words


Scandalous Women: Book Review: Two New Books on Hollywood Scandals

Title: Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

Author: William J. Mann

Hardcover: 480 pages

Publisher: Harper (October 14, 2014)

Language: English… 313 more words


Paint It Black | Kenneth Anger & Me

At the end of the 1980s, I was working in a record store. My friend Teddy, who I had met through the university film society, was working around the corner in a bookshop. 978 more words


Liberace's Doppelganger

One of the greatest Hollywood Babylon-esque stories of all time has to be of Liberace and his obsession with his much younger boyfriend Scott Thorson. Specifically his ‘request’ to have him alter his handsome face to resemble that of Liberace’s rather un-handsome face. 302 more words