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THE DARKER SIDE OF HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE

Los Angeles’ reputation precedes it. The second most populated American city (after New York), it is home to Hollywood and the hub of the entertainment industry, and so has long been associated with stardom. But as a new Taschen-published book documents, there’s a dark underbelly to the glitz of this Californian locale. Dark City: The Real Los Angeles Noir is a compilation of black and white photographs delving into the sinister history of ‘la la land’, exploring how its glamorous veneer developed in tandem with criminal undertakings, corruption and hushed scandal.


Betty Rowland reclines on a sofa backstage at the Follies, ca. 1938© Cliff Wesselmann Photo Courtesy of Gregory Paul Williams, BL Press LLC / TASCHEN

 

James “Two Gun” Davis was the emblem of L.A. police corruption, 1937© Cliff Wesselmann Photo Courtesy of Gregory Paul Williams, BL Press LLC / TASCHEN

 

James “Two Gun” Davis was the emblem of L.A. police corruption, 1937© Cliff Wesselmann Photo Courtesy of Gregory Paul Williams, BL Press LLC / TASCHEN

 

Detectives hover over the body of actress Carole Landis, who, after a roller-coaster life of depression and failed marriages, overdosed on Seconal, 1948© Jim Heimann Collection / Courtesy TASCHEN

 

The victim of a mad butcher, a sex and torture victim reveals her aggressor’s handiwork, ca. 1938© Cliff Wesselmann Photo Courtesy of Gregory Paul Williams, BL Press LLC / TASCHEN

 

A bartender bites the dust in a Hollywood robbery gone awry, ca. 1940© Cliff Wesselmann Photo Courtesy of Gregory Paul Williams, BL Press LLC / TASCHEN

 

A cigar-chomping detective examines the murder weapon, ca. 1940© Cliff Wesselmann Photo Courtesy of Gregory Paul Williams, BL Press LLC / TASCHEN

 

Two prospective yardbirds are kept in check by a downtown police officer, ca. 1955© Jim Heimann Collection / Courtesy TASCHEN

 

The bloody evidence of a murder spree awaits processing at police headquarters, ca. 1930© Cliff Wesselmann Photo Courtesy of Gregory Paul Williams, BL Press LLC / TASCHEN

 

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