I was totally amazed at what "truths" came out about well-known legends such as Elvis, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and others. Did you know in reality John Wayne, was not Marion Morrison but Mendel Skulnick? Yes, that's right. According to Harry Pennypacker and his extensive knowledge of the Hollywood scene, Mendal Skulnick was John Wayne. Mind you, Skulnick was nowhere near the size of The Duke but with prosthetics, padding and makeup he was able to emulate the figure we know as John Wayne.
And, did you know Elvis was…and James Dean didn't die young as we know it to be. In reality he …. Well, I'm actually not going to tell you what happened to these two; you'll just have to find out for yourself.
Druxman is a great storyteller, or is he? Did he actually copy the stories that Pennybacker wrote? Who knows, but, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: From the Secret Files of Harry Pennypacker" is a great read. You'll laugh, you'll ponder, and you'll wonder. Are these truths? Embellished truths? Or, are they some stories concocted in the mind of Druxman. You will have to decide for yourself.
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