Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: From the Secret Files of Harry Pennypacker 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.
The secret files of Harry Pennypacker are secret no longer.
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Don't. Just don't.
No. No way. I'm wishing now I'd have passed on THIS one.
The story is like listening to Edith Bunker tell a story. Ties you in knots just trying to follow the plot, but it's not even funny. If Pennypacker actually wrote these tales, it's not the hotness that kept them from print. Think listening to that obnoxious person at a party that hangs on your arm and rattles on and on, as you consider setting yourself on fire to escape.
The constant voice imitations grate on the nerves in short order. Scott, you really don't need to try to imitate all of your characters. Please stop it and just read.
Pretty much all of it. I can't even believe I bought this. I thought the sample was bad, but wrongly assumed it was just a bad sampling and the book would really be better. It isn't.
"You get what you pay for" still applies. If this was the most wasted 7 bucks I ever spend, I'll be lucky. But it'll always rate right up at the top of the list. My head hurts.
Shocking Hollywood Scandal that Never Was
For Scott O'Neill's brilliant performance.
This is like Hollywood Babylon meets the National Lampoon.
The Lon Chaney scene
Yes. And it's possible because it's so short.
The text is packed with fun and humor, and Scott O'Neill brings it to vivid life. He has a ratatat delivery reminiscent of the old newsreels, but then provides a unique voice for each character being interviewed. Mr. O'Neill can claim the title "the Man of 1,000 Voices" (there were really only 69, but who's counting?) Laugh out loud moments abound in this feast of hilarity.