By E.J. Fleming
Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling are almost unknown outdoor of Hollywood and little-remembered even there, yet as common supervisor and Head of exposure for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, they lorded over the entire stars in Hollywood's golden age from the Nineteen Twenties throughout the 1940s--including legends like Garbo, Dietrich, Gable and Garland. while MGM stars discovered themselves in hassle, it used to be Eddie and Howard who took care of them--solved their difficulties, concealed their crimes, and saved their secrets and techniques. They have been "the Fixers." At a time while photograph intended every little thing and the celebrities have been worthy hundreds of thousands to the studios that owned them, Mannix and Strickling have been an important males at MGM. via a posh internet of contacts in each enviornment, from journalists and medical professionals to deprave police and district legal professionals, they coated up essentially the most infamous crimes and scandals in Hollywood heritage, retaining stars out of reformatory and, extra importantly, their names out of the papers. They dealt with difficulties as varied because the homicide of Paul Bern (husband of MGM's greatest big name, Jean Harlow), the studio-directed drug addictions of Judy Garland, the homicide of Ted Healy (creator of the 3 Stooges) by the hands of Wallace Beery, and arranging for an single Loretta younger to undertake her personal child--a baby fathered via a married Clark Gable.
via exhaustive study and interviews with contemporaries, this can be the never-before-told tale of Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling. the twin biography describes how a mob-related New Jersey laborer and the quiet son of a grocer turned the main robust males on the largest studio within the world.
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