In the past year or two, there have been a treasure trove of documents that have been scanned and saved to the cloud from the archives and vaults of this nearly 100 year old studio.
It basically just partners up with other studios now, but back in the day, it was huge.
One of the documents dug up confirms that long long talked about rumor that this permanent A list mostly movie actor did, in fact, drive drunk and kill a pedestrian and that someone else went to jail for it. The document has the name of the person hired to go to jail.
Apparently they only went to jail for six months, but was guaranteed a job for twenty years for doing it.
SCANDAL? IN HOLLYWOOD, IT’S SHOW BIZ AS USUAL
As Hollywood lore has it, major stars were routinely protected when they exhibited bad behavior. According to author Charles Higham, a drunken Clark Gable, turning onto Sunset Boulevard one night, struck and killed a female pedestrian. Legendary studio chief Louis B. Mayer whisked Gable to Palm Springs and arranged for a minor studio executive to take the rap. Higham also reported that Howard Hughes was once arrested for picking up a male prostitute on Sunset Boulevard but that the incident was covered up. Then there was Ingrid Bergman’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy. And there are all the various drunken driving arrests, orgies, drugs, gerbils, the well-known (married) actor who is fond of holding rather unorthodox meetings in which he directs aspiring actresses to remove their clothes and crouch on all fours and bark like a dog. And he’s not casting “Lassie Goes to Vegas.” – Read more here