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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (15 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613747926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613747926
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,405,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The sensational sex scandal that ended the career of one of Hollywood's earliest superstars--and generated a tidal wave of public indignation that nearly destroyed the entire film industry--is brought to vivid life in this riveting true crime narrative. Dispelling the salacious myths and lurid legends that have accumulated around Fatty Arbuckle's notorious 'wild party, ' Merritt's book will surely stand as the definitive work on a case that has fascinated and titillated for nearly a century." --Harold Schechter, author of "The Devil's Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial that Ushered in the Twentieth Century"

"Those who think they know everything about the tragic rise and fall of silent comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle should read "Room 1219". It dissects in painstaking detail the myths surrounding the man who not only came to symbolize the bloated decadence of Hollywood in the 1920's, but who helped bring the wild partying of an industry and a decade to an abrupt and sobering end." --Paula Uruburu, author of "American Eve"

"The sensational sex scandal that ended the career of one of Hollywood's earliest superstars--and generated a tidal wave of public indignation that nearly destroyed the entire film industry--is brought to vivid life in this riveting true crime narrative. Dispelling the salacious myths and lurid legends that have accumulated around Fatty Arbuckle's notorious 'wild party, ' Merritt's book will surely stand as the definitive work on a case that has fascinated and titillated for nearly a century." --Harold Schechter, author of "The Serial Killer Files "and "The Devil's Gentleman"

"With the probing eye of a crime reporter and the vividness of Raymond Chandler, Greg Merritt plunges us back into the 1920s hotel suite where Hollywood infamy was born. "Room 1219" is the compulsively readable last word on one of the most mythologized nightmares in film history." -- James Gavin, author of "Deep in a Dream"

"Not just an informed look through the keyhole at Hollywood's first great scandal, but also a fascinating view of the birth of the movie business and the players who helped create both the industry and the glamour. An enjoyable and instructive read." --Howard Blum, author of "American Lightning"

"What Merritt brings to an old story is a look beyond the scandal, showing how it became a contemporary symbol of Hollywood's immorality--and a defining moment for the film industry." --"Shelf Awareness"

"Aside from bringing honesty and clarity to the case, Merritt has written an engaging story of early Hollywood, especially in light of the legacy of Arbuckle's murder trial." --ExpressMilwaukee.com


"Merritt's account of the crime (if there was one), the three trials and the people involved is admirably evenhanded, meticulously researched and compelling." --"New York Times Book Review"

The sensational sex scandal that ended the career of one of Hollywood s earliest superstars and generated a tidal wave of public indignation that nearly destroyed the entire film industry is brought to vivid life in this riveting true crime narrative. Dispelling the salacious myths and lurid legends that have accumulated around Fatty Arbuckle s notorious wild party, Merritt s book will surely stand as the definitive work on a case that has fascinated and titillated for nearly a century. Harold Schechter, author of "The Serial Killer Files "and "The Devil s Gentleman""

Those who think they know everything about the tragic rise and fall of silent comedian Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle should read "Room 1219." It dissects in painstaking detail the myths surrounding the man who not only came to symbolize the bloated decadence of Hollywood in the 1920's, but who helped bring the wild partying of an industry and a decade to an abrupt and sobering end. Paula Uruburu, author of "American Eve""

About the Author

Greg Merritt is the author of "Film Production: The Complete Uncensored Guide to Independent Filmmaking" and "Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Film." He is a senior writer for American Media, Inc. and has written hundreds of feature articles for numerous magazines. He has an MFA from the American Film Institute.


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