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  • Murder in Babylon: A Novel Based on Fact | Michael B. Druxman

    Murder in Babylon: A Novel Based on Fact

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Fred Frees
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    On the evening of February 1, 1922, silent film director William Desmond Taylor was shot to death in his Los Angeles home. The murder, coming on the heels of the Fatty Arbuckle scandal, shocked the Hollywood community and the country, resulting in reform groups labeling the film capital a "modern day Babylon," and demanding that movies be censored or, in some communities, even banned.

  • Lombard | Michael B. Druxman

    Lombard

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Kathleen Godwin
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    This study of Hollywood's favorite "screwball" comedienne begins on the eve of her death. Following a successful war bonds tour, she awaits word in an Indianapolis hotel room to see if she's been successful in securing plane reservations for a flight back to Los Angeles. She's anxious to get home, because she suspects that her husband, Clark Gable, is cheating on her.

  • Miss Dinah Shore: A Biography | Michael B. Druxman

    Miss Dinah Shore: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Pam Dougherty
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    Before Oprah, before Ellen, there was Dinah Shore. She was the queen of the afternoon talk show. For over five decades, Dinah induced a state of joy into people wherever she appeared, a love affair between her and her audience. In the fickle world of popular music, Dinah had a longer run at the top than any other girl singer, and on television, she had no equal in the musical field. Arguably, she was "the first lady of television". Dinah's life, however, was not always easy.

    Rogue says: "A delightful remembrance"
  • Dracula Meets Jack the Ripper and Other Revisionist Histories | Michael B. Druxman

    Dracula Meets Jack the Ripper and Other Revisionist Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Fred Frees
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    HISTORY TELLS US:

    In 1888, the elusive serial killer, Jack the Ripper, terrorized the Whitechapel District of London. Scotland Yard was baffled. But, that same year, Jack met his match when he crossed paths with the dreadfully evil ...really awful...Count Dracula. On July 22, 1934, notorious bank robber John Dillinger was shot "dead" by the FBI in front of Chicago's Biograph Theater.

    Stephen J. Puetz says: "6 Entertaining Short Stories"
  • Gable: A One-Person Play in Two Acts | Michael B. Druxman

    Gable: A One-Person Play in Two Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By George Utley
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    For nearly 30 years, Clark Gable was "the King" of Hollywood. Female fans swooned, and male admirers were made envious of his unaffected masculinity. Through jaunty, self-assured performances in films like It Happened One Night, San Francisco, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Gone with the Wind, he carved a niche for himself as the quintessential American movie star.

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: From the Secret Files of Harry Pennypacker | Michael B. Druxman

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: From the Secret Files of Harry Pennypacker

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Scott O' Neill
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a revisionist history of Hollywood's Golden Era and the tabloid press that covered it. Harry Pennypacker was a prolific and revered newspaper columnist; a colleague of Louella Parsons, Walter Winchell, and the other great columnists of the day.

    Unfortunately, nobody has ever heard of him because the papers never ran his articles. They were too hot. Too dangerous. Too likely to tarnish the delicate image of silver screen icons. The newspaper syndicate couldn't fire him because he had an ironclad contract, so Pennypacker wrote his stories...and the editors buried them. Until now.

    Vanessa says: "Don't. Just don't."
  • Rathbone: The Hollywood Legends, Book 10 | Michael B. Druxman

    Rathbone: The Hollywood Legends, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Jake Sanson
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    Michael B. Druxman’s Rathbone joins the actor near the end of his life while, because of his troubled financial condition, he is working on still another less than memorable film. The play delves into Rathbone’s dark side, exploring his relationships with his first wife, the son he virtually abandoned, and Ouida, the divisive woman to whom he was married for over 40 years, yet perhaps never really knew.

  • Tracy | Michael B. Druxman

    Tracy

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Chris Hendrie
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    He's been called "the best film actor Hollywood has ever known". His marvelous performances in classic movies like Captains Courageous, Adam's Rib, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Inherit the Wind endowed him with a tough, solid humorous image - one that was totally at odds with his own personality. The play opens in 1967 when Tracy was in poor health and struggling to complete what would be his final film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

    Robert Kimball says: "Learning About Spencer"
  • Hail on the Chief!: A Comedy in Three Acts | Michael B. Druxman

    Hail on the Chief!: A Comedy in Three Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, J.T. Turner, the Colonial Radio Players
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    In Michael B. Druxman's outrageous comedy, Hail on the Chief!, cantankerous gentleman rancher Oliver Pettridge hates his neighbor, a former cowboy movie star. He's hated him for years over a property line dispute. As the play begins, the neighbor has just been elected President of the United States.

    Michael P. McParland says: "Pure Comedic Perfection"
  • Flynn: A One-Person Play in Two Acts | Michael B. Druxman

    Flynn: A One-Person Play in Two Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Sam Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    As Captain Blood, Robin Hood, and the Sea Hawk, he was the "King of the Swashbucklers". As Errol Flynn, he was Hollywood's number one rogue. He was married three times, and also was the defendant in three rape trials. Indeed, it's fitting that his last major swashbuckling film cast him in the role of Don Juan. The play joins Flynn a few weeks before his premature death. Knowing that the end is near, he is in a New York airport, waiting to fly west to see his children for the last time.

  • Clara Bow: A One-Woman Play in Two Acts | Michael B. Druxman

    Clara Bow: A One-Woman Play in Two Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Nancy McLemore
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    Clara Blow is a one-woman play in two acts about the life and times of Clara Bow. The "It" Girl was the movies' first American sex goddess. The star of Wings, the first film to win the Best Picture Oscar, Clara Bow's unhappy life, in many ways, paralleled that of her successor, Marilyn Monroe. A longtime victim of insomnia, Ms. Bow lies awake on the morning of her estranged husband's funeral and painfully remembers the mentally ill mother who once tried to kill her; her career as the ultimate "flapper" her many nervous breakdowns; and affairs with the likes of Gary Cooper, Gilbert Roland, director Victor Fleming, and, as is said, the USC football team.

  • Jackie Goes to Dixie | Michael B. Druxman

    Jackie Goes to Dixie

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Fred Frees
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    Jackie Moss was once one of the hottest stand-up comedians in show business, a contemporary of Don Rickles, Jack Carter, and Buddy Hackett. He'd even had his own television series. But Jackie has a temper and that temper has put his career in trouble. Fired from his most recent Las Vegas engagement and with his personal manager threatening to terminate their relationship, Jackie has only one gig left on his schedule: a well-paying one-night performance at a private party deep in the Ozark Mountains.

  • Orson Welles: A One-Person Play in Two Acts | Michael B. Druxman

    Orson Welles: A One-Person Play in Two Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Edward E. French
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    Orson Welles is a one-person play in two acts about the life and times of Orson Welles. Some say that Orson Welles was a genius, but he always denied that. He did give us Citizen Kane, considered by most critics to be the best film ever made, but after that, his career took one long downward plunge. The play finds Welles trying to find the financing for one of his film projects. It's a difficult task, since most of the Hollywood community considers him to be a "screwball".

  • Shadow Watcher | Michael B. Druxman

    Shadow Watcher

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael B. Druxman
    • Narrated By Alan Douglas
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    While running from the law in Dallas, small time hustler Charlie Powers is hit by a car and "dies". He has an out-of-body experience, in which he witnesses a gangland slaying that took place 17 years earlier. And, he recognizes the killer as a man who is currently running for political office in California. Brought back to life by paramedics, the roguish Powers decides to pursue an investigation for his own personal gain. Unfortunately, he gives himself away to the candidate, and now the pursuer becomes the pursued.

    Ark AI says: "Such a fun book"
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