Alicia Mayer and her cohost Will McKinley welcome four terrific guests for the next Hollywood Time Machine talk radio show:
If there’s anything Hollywood loves it’s a murder mystery, especially a real one that involves prominent people getting shot in the back. In 1922, the film business was still young; in fact, Hollywood – the actual sign – did not yet exist, though the young film colony was beginning to form as a small collection of early studios in Los Angeles, the land of milk and honey.
It was the same year that Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, was released at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and became the first film to have a premiere and red carpet. Nevertheless, by this time, director William Desmond Taylor had already made nearly 60 films and acted in half. He was also the president of the Motion Picture Directors Association. But on the 1st of February, Taylor would be found dead by his valet – murdered. What happened and who killed him, has remained a mystery for 90 years.
William J. Mann’s book, Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, opens this cold case and the author is certain he has discovered Taylor’s killer.
Kathryn Leigh Scott is an actress, author and producer. She starred in ABC’s enduringly popular 1960s supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows, playing Josette DuPres, the doomed bride of anti-heroic vampire Barnabas Collins, and her reincarnation Maggie Evans. She also recreated her television role in MGM’s 1970 feature film adaptation House of Dark Shadows.
Dark Shadows Kathryn Leigh Scott Nearly 50 years later, Kathryn continues to maintain the Dark Shadows legacy, appearing in newly produced audio dramas featuring her classic characters. She’s also the founder of Pomegranate Press, a specialty imprint that has published more than 50 books, many written by Kathryn herself. And contemporary audiences will recognize her as George Segal’s girlfriend Miriam on the popular ABC sitcom The Goldbergs.
Miguel Rodriguez is a horror movie expert, film programmer, and the host of the long-running “Monster Island Resort” podcast. He programs the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego and will be a guest on Turner Classic Movies in November. We will also be joined by our correspondent film historian and author Mary Mallory, who will get us up-to-date on happenings in the silent and classic film world. (And we envy every event she gets to attend!)