Recommended Reading

"A Cast of Killers"

by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick (E.P. Dutton., 1986, 301 pages)

In 1967, famous director King Vidor set out to solve the 1921 murder of fellow director William Desmond Taylor with the intention of making a movie about it. He never did make the movie, but, after his death in 1982, Sidney Kirkpatrick, Vidor's authorized biographer, decided to use Vidor's research as the basis for this book. It's engrossing reading, very detailed with insights into the key players - Mabel Normand, Mary Miles Minter, Edna Purviance, Mack Sennett and others - as well as interviews with several people who remembered the murder. Check out the article on the William Desmond Taylor Case written by Mabel Normand biographer William Thomas Sherman on the "Silents Are Golden" article and essays page.

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