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The Fixers Who Buried Old Hollywood’s Biggest Scandals
Atlas Obscura ^ | March 17, 2017 | Kristin Hunt

Posted on 03/20/2017 3:19:48 PM PDT by NYer

Edited on 03/20/2017 7:16:51 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Howard Strickling’s phone was always ringing. First it might be Jean Harlow, panicking that William Powell had gotten her pregnant. Then it might be a security guard, informing him that he’d removed a belligerent Spencer Tracy from yet another bar. Once it was Marlene Dietrich, distraught after discovering John Gilbert’s dead body.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Religion; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: abortion; hollywood; rape; scandal; weird

1 posted on 03/20/2017 3:19:48 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

Bookmark


2 posted on 03/20/2017 3:22:11 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: NYer

Now they just call Ray Donovan ;o)


3 posted on 03/20/2017 3:24:18 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord God Almighty, deliver us from this evil in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, amen.)
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To: NYer

Loretta Young comes across pretty well here, which is good since she has long been known as a Hollywood conservative. Raped, refused an abortion, made things okay for herself and her baby. It would have been better to get justice for the rape, but almost an impossible proposition at the time.


4 posted on 03/20/2017 3:31:11 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: NYer; Fiddlstix

No kidding here. I still have several Confidental magazines from the 40’s and 50’s. None from the 30’s and I don’t remember if there’s any from the early 60’s.


5 posted on 03/20/2017 3:31:32 PM PDT by onyx (Donate Monthly ~ Join 300 Club!)
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To: Fiddlstix; NYer

The other magazine is called “Photoplay”

It’s along the same lines.

Hollywood stars, photos and gossip.


6 posted on 03/20/2017 3:34:43 PM PDT by onyx (Donate Monthly ~ Join 300 Club!)
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To: NYer

7 posted on 03/20/2017 3:35:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Rastus

Lorette Young had other affairs with married men, Spencer Tracy to name one. If she was raped by Gable why did she agree to star in another movie with him 15 years later?


8 posted on 03/20/2017 3:37:13 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: NYer

There was a movie “Hollywoodland” about the death of George Reeves. One of the characters was Toni Mannix. I wonder if she was the wife of the guy in this story.

It was a pretty good movie but did not claim to be true. Still it had a scenario in which Reeves was murdered and the crime covered up.

That sounds more believable after reading this article.


9 posted on 03/20/2017 3:38:15 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8:38-39, For I am persuaded.)
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To: NYer
My favorite Hollywood era is the 40's - incredible films and actors. The 50's would be second favorite.

What a hot mess LA was back then, but the films didn't suffer. Makes you wonder, with all the personal turmoil, did it enhance the artistic endeavor....

10 posted on 03/20/2017 3:40:47 PM PDT by floozy22 (Edward Snowden - American Hero)
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To: NYer

Nowadays, in an atmosphere as depraved as Hollywood’s, there’s no such thing as a “scandal.”


11 posted on 03/20/2017 3:41:15 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: yarddog
Bob Hoskins and Diane Lane play husband and wife Eddie and Toni Mannix in Hollywoodland.

Eddie Mannix is also a character (played by Josh Brolin) in Hail, Caesar.

It's a made-up story, but some of the subplots may be based on real-life.

12 posted on 03/20/2017 3:46:49 PM PDT by x
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To: x

Thanks, that is the general impression I got of the movie but did not really know.

They had some of the old Superman shows on one of the nostalgia networks and I enjoyed seeing them again. I got the impression that they were interesting and well written with unusually bad special effects even by 1950s standards.


13 posted on 03/20/2017 4:00:46 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8:38-39, For I am persuaded.)
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To: x

Time to rewatch LA Confidential starring Russell Crowe as a crooked cop in Hollywood.


14 posted on 03/20/2017 4:03:43 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Happy days are here again, with Trump/Pence!)
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To: Ciexyz

She is Lana Turner.....


15 posted on 03/20/2017 4:09:31 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Rastus

I read one version of the Loretta Young “adoption” story wherein her daughter was told by a young man, the daughter’s peer in age iirc, that “Everyone” in Hollywood knew Clark Gable was her father. (I probably even read it here on a FR thread.)

Of course Ms. Young did the right thing by choosing life for her child (I really hate the idea that Clark Gable is a rapist and I’ve never heard that before so I’ll just leave it aside at this time) and I CANNOT blame her for wanting to raise the child herself, in fact I admire her for all she went through. It’s the kind of thing I think I might do myself, in fact. But I think it did cause her daughter emotional pain, although it is true that Loretta Young sure isn’t the first nor the last parent to do that.


16 posted on 03/20/2017 4:20:52 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: NYer

Jeff Rovin: modern fixer for Billy & Hilly, and a load of Hollywoodites.

Wholly-Weird was never Wholesome.


17 posted on 03/20/2017 4:23:37 PM PDT by YogicCowboy ("I am not entirely on anyone's side, because no one is entirely on mine." - JRRT)
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To: Ciexyz

Rollo Tomasi!!


18 posted on 03/20/2017 4:30:00 PM PDT by Radagast the Fool (At my signal, UNLEASH PALIN!!)
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To: NYer

Interesting reading.


19 posted on 03/20/2017 4:37:40 PM PDT by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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To: dfwgator

Jules: “You sendin’ the Wolf!?! Well, that’s all you had to say Negro!!”


20 posted on 03/20/2017 4:57:06 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a great life!)
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To: yarddog
During the 1st and 2nd seasons, the Adventures of Superman was quite noir-like compared to the rest of the series.

After that, they decided to gear toward a younger audience.

21 posted on 03/20/2017 5:45:21 PM PDT by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke)
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Hollyweird needs to be burned to the ground.


22 posted on 03/20/2017 5:52:05 PM PDT by TheTimeOfMan (A time for peace and a time for war)
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To: NYer
“If Los Angeles is not the one authentic rectum of civilization, then I am no anatomist. Any time you want to go out again and burn it down, count me in.” ―H. L. Mencken
23 posted on 03/20/2017 5:58:01 PM PDT by Crossfeed
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To: NYer “If Los Angeles is not the one authentic rectum of civilization, then I am no anatomist. Any time you want to go out again and burn it down, count me in.” ―H. L. Mencken
24 posted on 03/20/2017 6:11:25 PM PDT by Crossfeed
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To: NYer

I know many people like to beleive we are a more immoral society today, but sometimes I wonder. Being a student of history, and talking to my friends parents (who grew up in the 50s and 60s) it just seems that people hid it and were ashamed when caught. Now nobody hides it, they actually flaunt it.


25 posted on 03/20/2017 6:18:54 PM PDT by OIFVeteran
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To: NYer

bump


26 posted on 03/20/2017 8:43:55 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("We will be one people, under one God, saluting one American flag." --Donald Trump)
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To: OIFVeteran

If America were one person, it would be the happy church goer, who has decent kids, a nice income, says they are Christian, yet sins like a heathen. They believe that while they are not perfect, they are better than nearly everyone else. They are the best person and family they know, and damn proud of it.

The truth is, we are not any better than those who worship Baal, or practice witchcraft.. We just think we are, and that somehow makes us worse because we were chosen and blessed by our Creator. Justified by his Son, and we throw it all away in an orgy of lust and perversion.

Holly wood is part of Satanic rituals, what would anyone think was meant to happen there?


27 posted on 03/21/2017 9:06:41 PM PDT by Glad2bnuts (If Republicans are not prepared to carry on the Revolution of 1776, prepare for a communist takeover)
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