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Announcing the release of “ALL THE GIN JOINTS: a novel of World War II Hollywood”

Unless we’re a part of the Psychic Friends Network (does that service even still exist???) we never really know what life has in store for us, do we? And maybe that’s a good thing. Take me, for instance. If anyone … Continue reading

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A 1935 theater program from a production of Ibsen’s “Ghosts” starring Alla Nazimova, and sheet music for “The Red Lantern.”

My thanks to Maya DeBus who generously gave me a theater program she found among her grandmothers effects. It was for a production of Ibsen’s Ghosts that the great Russian actress, Alla Nazimova, toured in 1935. A star of the … Continue reading

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“Whatever Happened to Hollywood?” – In conversation with Richard Niles, step-son of Jesse Lasky Jr

If the name Jesse Lasky sounds familiar, it probably means that you’re a fan of golden-era Hollywood. He was the “Lasky” in the early motion picture company, Famous Players-Lasky who, along with Samuel Goldwyn and Cecil B. DeMille, produced The … Continue reading

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Chapter 1 preview of “All the Gin Joints – a novel of World War II Hollywood” by Martin Turnbull

Hello fans of golden-era Hollywood, Turner Classic Movies – specifically Warner Bros., and lovers of WWII historical fiction! Last month, I revealed the title, cover, and description of my upcoming book: ALL THE GIN JOINTS A novel of World War … Continue reading

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Revealing: ALL THE GIN JOINTS – a novel of World War II Hollywood

During the past couple of years since I finished writing my Hollywood’s Garden of Allah series, I have written a couple of biographical novels: specifically Chasing Salomé about actress Alla Nazimova, and The Heart of the Lion about MGM producer, … Continue reading

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Exhibitor’s Herald, December 25, 1926, announcing the plan for The Garden of Alla(h) Hotel on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles

You’d think that after a dozen years researching and writing about the Garden of Allah Hotel, that somewhere somehow I’d have come across this announcement in the Exhibitor’s Herald, December 25, 1926 that Alla Nazimova planned to turn her movie-star … Continue reading

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Peters family photos of the Getty mansion used during the filming of “Sunset Blvd” at 641 S. Irving Blvd, Los Angeles, 1949

I was recently contacted by Teresa Peters who told me that her grandparents, Cletus and Della Peters were the caretakers of that mansion and would I like to see some family photos of their time there. Naturally, I told her … Continue reading

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An original neon sign from the Garden of Allah Hotel is now for sale

Quite a few years ago – ten or twelve, maybe – while researching the Garden of Allah Hotel for my series of novels, I happened upon a photo of one of the hotel’s original neon signs. This sign that had … Continue reading

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Teasing the stuff that dreams are made of because this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Yesterday, I wrote the two sweet words you get to type after you finish the first draft of a new novel you thought would take three months but ended up taking four. I never like to give out hints of … Continue reading

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Recreating (pieces of) the Garden of Allah Hotel

I recently came across a photo of a letter dated February 6, 1939, written from the Garden of Allah Hotel, 8152 Sunset Boulevard at the gateway to the famed Sunset Strip. As I studied the photo, I realized that I … Continue reading

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