Introducing GoodKnight Books from Paladin
At Paladin, we love to make history come alive for our audience, and not just Colonial American history, and not just with film and video. Paladin's staff includes filmmakers and also experienced writers, editors, and designers, so it was a natural that we should turn our attention to books about the history of Hollywood. In a few weeks, Paladin will release its first book under the GoodKnight imprint, and what a book it is.
Errol Flynn Slept Here: The Flynns, the Hamblens, Rick Nelson, and the Most Notorious House in Hollywood spans the life and death of Mulholland Farm, the elegant—and infamous—mountaintop showplace built by Errol Flynn, swashbuckling star of Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk, and other classics of the silver screen. It's a story that spans five continents and includes Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro, Humphrey Bogart, Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Billy Graham, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, the Rolling Stones, and—of course—the three owners of Mulholland Farm: wicked, wicked Errol Flynn; Christian singer, songwriter, and radio star Stuart Hamblen; and rock 'n' roll legend Rick Nelson.
On the 100th anniversary of Errol Flynn's birth, and the 50th anniversary of his passing, authors Robert Matzen and Michael Mazzone tell this remarkable story for the first time, with an entire volume devoted to a Hollywood home and the remarkable families that owned it.
Exhaustively researched, Errol Flynn Slept Here features:
- New interviews with people who lived at or visited Mulholland Farm, including cooperation from the Flynn, Hamblen, and Nelson families
- A photographic tour through the labyrinthian house and its grounds
- A glimpse into Errol Flynn's mind as he designed a home that included peep holes, two-way mirrors, and secret passageways
- Accounts of the wild parties that made the house legendary
- A reexamination of Mulholland's most notorious incident: the snatching of John Barrymore's body from Pierce Brothers Mortuary in Hollywood
- Sifting of the Warner Brothers Archives, which revealed new details of Errol Flynn's legendary battles with Warner Brothers mogul Jack L. Warner, and Flynn's bouts of depression that would lock him in his Mulholland Drive hideaway for weeks on end
- The first-ever examination of the 20 years spent at Mulholland Farm by songwriter and radio star Stuart Hamblen and his wife Suzy, who were the first significant owners after Errol Flynn's ex-wife, Lili Damita, took possession of the property
- A look at the tragic five years spent at Mulholland by rock star Ricky Nelson—a fan of Errol Flynn, Ricky Nelson is consumed by the oppressive and secluded Mulholland house
- Evolution of the Platinum-selling rock band Nelson at Mulholland Farm, as told by Ricky Nelson's sons, the founding members of the band, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
- Multiple, credible eyewitness accounts of the most haunted house in Hollywood
- More than 200 photos in black and white and color, most of them previously unpublished
- A look at the architecture of this "California Colonial," including the blueprints of the original floor plan and its 1945 addition
Beautifully designed and printed in the USA, the 200-page, coffee-table hardcover Errol Flynn Slept Here: The Flynns, the Hamblens, Rick Nelson, and the Most Notorious House in Hollywood will be a sought-after addition to any motion picture library.
Order it from the publisher at the special online price of $34.95—$5.00 off the $39.95 retail.