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The year is 1955, and the media landscape is changing. The arrival of television has taken a major toll on Hollywood’s box office receipts, and times don’t look to be getting any easier for the studios. As a result, RKO has decided to put its entire library of films on the block, as a way to recoup some of its losses.
This gives one of the most controversial men in Hollywood, Carson Drury, the chance he’s waited for all his life—to buy back and remake his second movie and noted flop, The Imperial Albertsons. Drury rose to stardom and was proclaimed a genius based on the success of his debut film, First Citizen, which he wrote, directed, and starred in. Unfortunately for Drury, his early artistic promise was never fully realized. The epitome of his failure—The Imperial Albertsons—was disliked by audiences and critics alike. According to Drury, this wasn’t his fault. He was betrayed by his friends, by his actors, and,…[more]
A film version of The Tempest, William Shakespeare’s final play, featuring the cream of Hollywood’s aristocratic British Colony? When the project is announced in 1948, it sounds like an idea that can’t miss. But then the whispers start about one of those British actors and a burlesque queen, and murder follows shortly. Enter Scott Elliott, top operative of Hollywood Security and the soon-to-be husband of the lovely Ella Englehart. To get to the altar, Elliott must dodge blonde bombshells and gangsters, and solve a mystery that echoes Shakespeare’s crowning work.