In 1921, one of the biggest movie stars in the world was accused of killing a woman. What followed was an unprecedented avalanche of press coverage, the original trial of the century, and a wave of censorship that altered the course of Hollywood filmmaking for five decades. It began on Labor Day, when comic actor Roscoe aFattya Arbuckle, then at the pinnacle of his fame and fortune, threw a party in San Franciscoas best hotel. As the party raged, he was alone in room 1219 with Virginia Rappe, a minor actress. Four days later, she died, and he was charged with her murder. Room 1219 tells the story of Arbuckleas improbable rise and stunning fallafrom Hollywoodas first true superstar to its first pariah. Simultaneously, it presents the crime story from the day of the aorgya through the three trials. Relying on new evidence and a careful examination of documents, the book finally reveals, after almost a century of wild speculation, what most likely occurred in room 1219. In addition, Room 1219 covers the creation of the film industryafrom the first silent experiments to an all-powerful studio system capable of making and, ultimately, breaking a beloved superstar. Greg Merritt is the author of Film Production: The Complete Uncensored Guide to Independent Filmmaking and Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Film. He has written hundreds of feature articles for a number of magazines. He has an MFA from the American Film Institute.Born in 1905, Addie Dukes Obituary for Addie McPhail, Independent (London), May 1, 2003. aI was a stranger in Hollywood. ... Ibid. he listed his monthly income at $500 Conditional Contract of Sale, june 12, 1929, Mack Sennett Collection, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills, CA. a new Lincoln town car, which cost Ibid. A dubious item Captain Roscoeanbsp;...
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