Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

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Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostMon Aug 31, 2015 8:15 am

"The Sins of Hollywood," the first sordid look at scandal in the industry, was written by former publicity man Edward Roberts, who was active in the industry's Affiliated Picture Interests with William Desmond Taylor and others in 1921 fighting censorship and blue laws. In 1922, he wrote the book, noting Hollywood's hypocrisy.
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Re: Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostMon Aug 31, 2015 9:09 am

Great stuff, right up my alley! You've really got to wonder just what happened to ol' Ed that made him go to the dark side? Methinks his previous gravy train got derailed so he had to go through with his "or else..." plan. Still, it's fascinating the way the studios were able to squash him like a bug, just another example of how they really owned the town in those days.
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Re: Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostMon Aug 31, 2015 9:19 am

I don't believe he was just squashed like a bug; I believe the industry bought him off, particularly when you look at the 1940 census, and he is retired, but has "income from other sources," and he and his wife always rented. That is mentioned in the conclusion of my article.
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Re: Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostMon Aug 31, 2015 11:53 am

I was mostly referring to the ginned up smut through the mail charge. Vintage 'keep digging until something sticks.'

I don't suppose court records go that far back. Would be interesting to know though.
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Re: Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostMon Aug 31, 2015 12:04 pm

oldposterho wrote:I don't suppose court records go that far back. Would be interesting to know though.


They sure do.
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Re: Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostMon Aug 31, 2015 9:00 pm

oldposterho wrote:I was mostly referring to the ginned up smut through the mail charge. Vintage 'keep digging until something sticks.'

I don't suppose court records go that far back. Would be interesting to know though.

PS. Apropos of nothing, Will Hays had only recently resigned the Postmaster General position.
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Re: Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostMon Nov 20, 2017 11:15 am

While most of the sinners are easy to identify (Rudy, Mack & Mabel, etc.) has anyone compiled a list of all the alleged sinners in this tome?
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Re: Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostMon Nov 20, 2017 12:48 pm

Love that book-cover illustration!

"What little that can be found about Roberts suggests that he loved a good yarn and playing loose with the facts, though he was supposedly a press agent and publisher."

Gee, I didn't know that being a press agent and playing loose with the facts were mutually exclusive activities. Who would have guessed?

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Re: Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostMon Nov 20, 2017 1:36 pm

Perhaps A. Toxen Worm, the delightfully named publicist for the Brothers Shubert on Broadway.
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Re: Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostMon Nov 20, 2017 1:55 pm

And for those of you who have not experienced it, there is this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIQ7jp1KrnQ



I think they paid the reader by the S
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Re: Ed Roberts' "The Sins of Hollywood" Vilifies Industry

PostTue Nov 21, 2017 5:41 am

Harlett O'Dowd wrote:While most of the sinners are easy to identify (Rudy, Mack & Mabel, etc.) has anyone compiled a list of all the alleged sinners in this tome?


See the footnotes at the end of http://www.taylorology.com/issues/Taylor30.txt for my opinion on identities.

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