Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + )

 

Oct. 27, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Monday, our mystery lady is on the phone.

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 17

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The Herald-Express described the neighborhood where the killer abandoned the Bauerdorf car as “a Negro residential district.” (Oct. 13, 1944.)

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Black Dahlia: Sorry, Houston Chronicle, Nobody Killed in the Sowden House

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The Houston Chronicle is the latest to fall for the “Black Dahlia Murder House” nonsense.

The Chronicle at least attempts to be skeptical, but oh well, it is Halloween and websites desperately need click bait.

This 5,600 square-foot home has dark ties, with a previous owner rumored to be a part of the “Black Dahlia” murders. You can own this architectural masterpiece for a cool $4.875 million.

That’s right. There were multiple “Black Dahlia” murders, at least according to the non-researched post by Maribel Molina.

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 16

Oct. 14, 1944, Los Angeles Examiner

Deputies Garner Brown, left, and John Schilling examine the Bauerdorf car for fingerprints, Los Angeles Examiner, Oct. 13, 1944.


When Georgette Bauerdorf’s body was discovered, investigators were unable to locate her car, a 1936 Oldsmobile coupe belonging to her sister.

The Oldsmobile was found Thursday, Oct. 12, 1944, in front of 728 1/2 E. 25th St. and had been parked there since early that morning. The keys were in the ignition and the gas tank was empty. (Daily News, Oct. 14, 1944).  The vehicle was reported by Mrs. Marion Mound (Mounday according to the 1940 census), who said the car had been parked there since 7:30 a.m. (Herald-Express, Oct. 13, 1944). The Herald described the neighborhood as “a Negro residential district.” (Oct. 13, 1944.) (More about the neighborhood later).

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 15

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Sheriff’s investigators examine Connie Bauerdorf’s 1936 Oldsmobile, which was being used by Georgette Bauerdorf and disappeared after the killing, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.

 


One of the mysteries confronting investigators in the Georgette Bauerdorf case was what became of the car, a green 1936 Oldsmobile, California license 59-B-875 that belonged to her sister Connie and which Georgette was using while the family was out of town. (Daily News, Oct. 13, 1944).

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Black Dahlia Murder House and Dr. George Hodel: Another Good Story Ruined

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Sorry, Ashbury Park Press (a Gannett publication), there is nothing to show that anybody was killed at the Sowden House. There is only nonsense about  Buster the Wonder Dog  reacting to something or other. And, for the record, Elizabeth Short wasn’t dismembered. She was cut in half.

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Wikipedia Strikes Again: Madison Bumgarner Edition

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This entry on Madison Bumgarner has been fixed. But that it happened at all illustrates one of the main weaknesses of Wikipedia, which can be edited by anyone. Via Romenesko.

The apparent vandal, 70.121.231.64, can be geolocated to either Kansas City (quelle shock!) or Herndon, Va.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: El Portal Theatre Entertains San Fernando Valley

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El Portal Theatre, courtesy of Mary Mallory.



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or the first couple of decades of the twentieth century, construction of a grand, elaborately decorated motion picture theatre in a small town suggested either that the burg was developing rapidly into an economic powerhouse with money to burn, or that it hoped to grow into a larger and more sophisticated community by luring upscale individuals to patronize its businesses. The 1926 construction of the El Portal Theater in Lankershim demonstrates that the little farming community was on its way to becoming an economic driver for the San Fernando Valley.

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Black Dahlia: Don’t Dress Up Like This for Halloween

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It really is not cool to dress up like the victim of a brutal murder whose sisters are still alive. Michelle Trachtenberg, please note.


From Justjared.com

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 14

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Georgette Bauerdorf in an undated photo, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.

 


The life of a diligent researcher would be much easier if one of the Los Angeles newspapers had published details from the coroner’s inquest in the Georgette Bauerdorf case, particularly the transcript of the autopsy.

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MACARTHUR IN PHILIPPINES, Oct. 20, 1944

Oct. 20, 1944, MacArthur in Philippines

A moment in history from the Los Angeles Examiner.

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 13

Georgette Bauerdorf, Undated Photo

Georgette Bauerdorf at the wheel of a Jeep at Camp Pendleton in an undated photo, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.


The final hours of Georgette Bauerdorf’s life remain something of a mystery.

On Oct. 11, 1944, Georgette departed alone from the Hollywood Canteen between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. She apparently picked up a hitchhiking serviceman, Sgt. Gordon R. Aadland, at Sunset Boulevard a few blocks west of Vine Street between 11 p.m. and midnight, a location in the vicinity of the Hollywood Canteen, which was at 1451 N. Cahuenga Blvd. just south of Sunset Boulevard.

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 12

Hollywood Canteen

The Hollywood Canteen as portrayed in the 1944 film “Hollywood Canteen.” And being a movie, this is a set, not the actual canteen.


Hollywood Canteen snapshot

For comparison, here’s an undated snapshot of the actual canteen. Notice that there’s no awning and no portrait studio next door.


As a junior hostess at the Hollywood Canteen, Georgette Bauerdorf was scheduled once a week on Wednesday nights. On the night of Oct. 11, 1944, she was nervous and anxious, according to her friend June Ziegler, 20, 1851 Linda Rose Ave., Eagle Rock, who also volunteered as a hostess on Wednesdays.
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Antisocial Parking

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Well-behaved women seldom make history, but they also don’t take two parking spaces.

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 11

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Georgette Bauerdorf, left, George F. Bauerdorf and Constance Ann “Connie” Bauerdorf Dillon in an undated photo, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.


Although Georgette Bauerdorf, 20, was living by herself in the apartment at El Palacio, 8493 Fountain Ave., in the weeks before she was killed, she was not entirely unsupervised. She had regular contact with her father’s secretary, Rose L. Gilbert, who lived at 6450 W. Olympic Blvd.

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Movieland Mystery Photo — B.J. Merholz Edition (Updated + + + +)

 

Oct. 25, 2014, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1942 Paramount film “Lucky Jordan,” starring Alan Ladd, Helen Walker, future TV producer Sheldon Leonard, Mabel Paige, Marie McDonald and Russell Hoyt. Anthony Caruso, better known for Star Trek’s “A Piece of the Action,” has a brief scene.   It was written by Darrell Ware and Karl Tunberg, based on a story by Charles Leonard.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Nigel De Brulier — Soothsayer From the East?

Nigel de Brulier Nigel de Brulier, courtesy of Mary Mallory.



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or decades, Hollywood typed actors for their looks, personality, temperament, a shorthand telling audiences what they could expect whenever the actor appeared. Some personalities like Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Crawford, and Cary Grant rocketed to fame through their megawatt looks and charm, deep talent, or fierce drive. Others like Franklin Pangborn, Ned Sparks, Edna May Oliver, and Thelma Ritter provided tart flavor to films as prominent character actors, adding zesty spark, comic interludes, or high energy with their strong characterizations.

Gaunt, imploring Nigel de Brulier, a live version of an El Greco painting, added a note of mysticism or fanaticism to silent films with his impassioned clerics or wild-eyed madmen. His characters often seemed to inhabit their own spiritual worlds. Tall, lean, gaunt and possessing piercing eyes, de Brulier endured ill health and work struggles as a young man, bringing realistic fervor and devotion to his roles.


Corrections: This post changes the year De Brulier declared an interest in U.S. citizenship from 1909 to 1899 and notes that he was in the second screen version of “Ramona,” the first being made in 1910.


Mary Mallory’s “Hollywoodland: Tales Lost and Found” is available for the Kindle.

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1944 on the Radio — Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge

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Oct. 20, 1944: Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge. Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 10

Oct. 16, 1944, Daily News

Georgette Bauerdorf arm in arm with two servicemen, published in the Daily News, Oct. 16, 1944.

 


 

Georgette Bauerdorf, 20, had been living alone in an apartment at El Palacio, 8493 Fountain Ave., since Aug. 28, 1944, when her sister, father and stepmother left to go back East.

News accounts say that while Georgette was by herself in the apartment, she was extremely generous with visiting servicemen.

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To the (Anonymous) Author of This Editorial: I Dance on Your Grave

Oct. 16, 1944, Los Angeles Examiner

Oct. 16, 1944, in the Los Angeles Examiner.

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