Hollywood: The Ambivalence Chaser

From the first days of the talking movie, the cry of Hollywood celebrities in distress has been: "Get me Giesler." For whether the charge was rape or murder or merely mental cruelty in a divorce case, Jerry Giesler was the best defense attorney in town. Last week the irreplaceable Giesler died, at 77, leaving behind him a saddened and nervous Hollywood.

His clients ranged from Errol Flynn to Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin to Smoky Bob Mitchum. He was attacked as a publicity hound and had a reputation as a fast man at taking on sensational cases:...

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