The Sins of Hollywood

Read by Chuck Williamson

(4.1 stars; 34 reviews)

Exacerbated by several high-profile Hollywood scandals, a wave of anti-Hollywood rhetoric tried to paint the movie capital as a veritable hotbed of crime, licentiousness, and moral transgression. THE SINS OF HOLLYWOOD, published in May 1922, is perhaps the most prominent anti-Hollywood polemic published during this turbulent time in film history. This anonymously-written booklet recounts in sensational, lurid detail the various high-profile scandals that precipitated the firestorm surrounding Hollywood's supposed moral turpitude. The author (later identified as former PHOTOPLAY editor Ed Roberts) pulls no punches in his condemnation of "movie vice." He even takes aim at some of Hollywood's biggest stars, directors, and producers: Rudolph Valentino, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Wallace Reid, Thomas Ince, Mabel Normand, Mae Busch, and more. Although real names are only sparingly used, most subjects are easily identified.

In a nutshell, the author takes us on a guided tour through the seedy, disreputable, thoroughly indecent underworld that lurks beneath Hollywood's glistening, glamorous facade. It is a sensational work of moral alarmism that gives us a wild, untamed, unapologetically lurid account of Hollywood's dark side.

NOTE: This book is an entertaining, propulsively readable book regardless of one's prior knowledge of early Hollywood history. However, some listeners may want to know the identities of these scandalized stars. Their identities can be found in the annotations provided by TAYLOROLOGY: (Summary by ChuckW) (2 hr 47 min)


00 - The Reasons for the 'Sins of Hollywood' 7:33 Read by Chuck Williamson
01 - Dope! 18:01 Read by Chuck Williamson
02 - Duck Blinds! 15:58 Read by Chuck Williamson
03 - Strip Poker and Paddle Parties 21:10 Read by Chuck Williamson
04 - How the Great Letty Played Her Cards 18:26 Read by Chuck Williamson
05 - The 'Gold Digger' and the Wife 16:06 Read by Chuck Williamson
06 - The Battle Royal That Led to Stardom 15:44 Read by Chuck Williamson
07 - A Wonderful Lover! 14:37 Read by Chuck Williamson
08 - Whiskey Fumes and Orange Blossoms 9:44 Read by Chuck Williamson
09 - A Movie Queen and a Broken Home 12:45 Read by Chuck Williamson
10 - Making Sodom Look Sick 6:14 Read by Chuck Williamson
11 - The Girl Who Wanted Work 10:55 Read by Chuck Williamson


Fun dirt- sad tales- histrionic voice!

(3.5 stars)

To begin: I'm a well-steeped fan of silent movies, not an aficionado. I looked up the cast of characters and was none the wiser, except for the name Mack Bennett (a huge producer of comedies). Some last names were familiar- maybe relatives of names with which I'm familiar? Anyway, the tales are suitably sordid in themselves, and are presented in both the text and to some degree the reader in a Reefer Madness breathlessness, torn between moralizing and reveling in the morass of sin. The reader does well, and keeps up his scandalized tone throughout, but I feel the rushes and pauses weren't very well tied to the material he was reading at the time. Still, he struck the overall tone well. Thanks for volunteering!

Nudging the Scales of Justice.....a Tad

(5 stars)

I found the review by kristinmak to be completely out of order. Chuck's reading was full of life and character. Perhaps the previous reviewer prefers their readers lifeless and flat......I DO NOT! Thanks for the splendid reading Chuck and don't be discouraged by Grinches....they're out there. Keep up your reading and realize it IS appreciated by most listeners. Cheers from North Canada

Hollywood is gr8

(5 stars)

How could anyone question Hollywood, which is founded on social justice and the empowerment of womxn. Seems to me author must be an antisemitic raycyst.


(5 stars)

the reader is a perfect campy minx. the stories are lurid. it's like old school celebrity blind items. enjoy!

(5 stars)

Chuck is fantastic!!! Fun and pleasant reader, and interesting topics. We want more chuck!

(5 stars)

a hilarious look into what America was like a hundred years ago.

pulp fodder. not too bad, old Hollywood must've been great.

(4 stars)

Librivox reader: BOOOOOoo!

(2 stars)

ONE star for clarity and pronunciation. The rest of the stars deleted on account of the readers extremely fruity voice. I literally squirmed having to hear this fair fellow speak and could not take it any more.