In a brief, brief summary of the events following the discovery of Taylor's body, its important to note that the last thing anyone did was call the police. And even then, it was a neighbor calling about Taylor's "crazy [rhymes with spoon]" who kept screaming, "Dey've kilt Massa!" up and down the street.
No, the first phone call was made to Taylor's friend, popular screen comedienne Mabel Normand. She, in turn, called Charles Eyton (the general manager of Famous Players-Laskey) who then called one of the heads of Paramount, Adolph Zukor. Decidedly, non of these people were the police, nor did they think to call the police. Instead, Normand rushed to Taylor's home to
The investigation itself, however, managed to uncover some heavy-duty scandal which put a big, fat, black mark on Hollywood's good name. It was time to clean things up. Hollywood was to be respectable, after all.
Enter Will H. Hays: member of President Harding's Cabinet who signed on (for $100,000-a-year) as Hollywood's moral authority. As the president of the newly-formed Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc, Hays' first line of duty was to purify films. According to Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger, "screen immorality would be scissored: no more improprieties; no more lingering, lusty kisses; no more carnality." Morals clauses were inserted into contracts and undercover investigations were launched. According to the book, when the reports came in a "Doom Book" was compiled with a total of 117 Hollywood names deemed "unsafe."
Ironically, Hollywood got the idea of the moral authority from Major League Baseball which hired a judge to clean things up after the notorious 1919 Black Sox Scandal. It's amazing how far things have come, yeah?
Source: Hollywood Babylon, Kenneth Anger
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