Monthly Archives: January 2012

U.S. Urged to Evacuate Japanese Immediately

Jan. 31, 1942: Members of Congress from the West Coast call on the U.S. to expedite the evacuation of “enemy aliens,” a term that includes native-born people of Japanese ancestry. Officials concede that some of them may be loyal – … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s another photo from the collection of Steven Bibb! [Update: This is Emlyn Williams. Please congratulate former Mystery Photo star B.J. Merholz, Mike Hawks and Mary Mallory for identifying him! ]

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

Photo: A 1986 Pontiac Bonneville hearse listed on EBay with bids starting at $3,350. Queen of the Dead – dateline January 30, 2012 •  I was never a Star Trek fan—so pompous so serious. I preferred the high-camp vaudeville antics … Continue reading

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Live Blogging ‘-30-’ on TCM

Dewey Webb gets into the “-30-” spirit with a 1959 ad from Variety. Thanks, Dewey! (I swear, the guy in the travelogue called it Aloe Vera Street.) And that’s “-30-“ Ready to go home, Lady? Gosh, genuine ugly 1950s layout. … Continue reading

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Coming Tonight: Live Blogging ‘-30-’

Photo: Jack Webb, William Conrad and James Bell in “-30-” TCM is airing Jack Webb’s “-30-” at 7 tonight Pacific time. I’m going to try live blogging just to see how it goes. Tune in for the fun and/or mayhem.

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated +]

Here’s another photo from the incredible collection of Steven Bibb!

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FBI Smashes Nazi Spy Ring in Beverly Hills: 3 Sent Coded Letters to Third Reich

Jan. 29, 1942: The FBI accuses Dr. Hans Helmut Gros, his wife, Frances, and Albrecht Rudolf Curt Reuter of belonging to a Nazi spy ring. According to allegations, Gros, of 328 N. Maple Drive, sent letters to purported relatives that … Continue reading

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L.A. County, City Fire All Japanese Workers!

Jan. 28, 1942: Buried on the jump of this story is the news that the city of Los Angeles urged all Japanese employees to take a leave of absence “for the duration.” Those who refused to quit were suspended. The … Continue reading

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Mob Slaying of ‘Big Greenie’ Greenberg Retold in Bugsy Siegel Trial

Jan. 27, 1942: Ida Greenberg testifies in the trial of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (d. 1947) and Frank “Frankie” Carbo (d. 1972) in the killing of her husband, Harry “Big Greenie” Greenberg, who was shot to death in his driveway at … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated +]

Look what I found! And this movie would be? [Update: This is “On Our Merry Way,” a curious film in which Burgess Meredith plays a classified ad salesman who masquerades as a reporter. At first glance, I assumed this was … Continue reading

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More 1940s Kitsch From the Abbotwares Studio

I’m frustrated because I couldn’t find anything really useful about Abbotwares in the clips after yesterday’s post. Apparently The Times didn’t consider its oeuvre worthy of coverage. Tsk tsk. The company is so obscure that there isn’t even an entry … Continue reading

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Found on EBay: Atwater Kent’s Love Child From a Drunken Night in a Trophy Shop

There isn’t much that shocks me anymore when it comes to 1940s kitsch. I grew up with a lot of it and saw even more when I prowled thrift stores. And there’s this … well, it looks like a drunken … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s a mystery photo from the incredible collection of Steven Bibb! [Update: This is Sam Wanamaker in “My Girl Tisa.” The man on the left is unidentified in the caption information, but Don Danard and Mike Hawks identify him as … Continue reading

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Molestation Suspect Questioned in Killing of Girl, 9

Jan. 25, 1942: Detectives Harry Fremont and Jack Dwight are questioning Leo M. King, accused of molesting a 5-year-old girl, in the death of Dorothy Lee Gordon. The case of Dorothy Gordon, an African American child who was kidnapped and … Continue reading

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How to Wear a Hat – Rod Steiger Edition

We have explored how newsboy caps were worn by several men in “Monkey Business” and by Lee Marvin in “King of the North,” by Henry Fonda in “The Grapes of Wrath” and by Marc Chevalier in real life. Here’s Rod … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated +]

And this movie would be?

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

Photo: An April 15, 1882, issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, with an etching of a coffin, is listed on EBay at $375. Queen of the Dead – dateline January 23, 2012 •  Lindsay Masters, the sales and marketing genius … Continue reading

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Hoaxer Fakes Obama Laughing Over Gingrich’s Primary Victory

The alleged Jan. 22, 2012, Washington Post Page 1 at left has been circulating on Facebook, and who knows where else, since Newt Gingrich took the South Carolina primary. It is, of course, a fake. As is obvious from the … Continue reading

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L.A. Studebaker Plant Converts to War Production

Jan. 22, 1942: Chika Takamoto and Ryohei Tanaka are in jail for violating the federal ban on Japanese Americans possessing cameras or radios. Studebaker Pacific manufactures its last passenger car and converts to defense work “for the duration.” The Times … Continue reading

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L.A.’s Garbage Fed to Hogs … Nom Nom Nom!

Jan. 21, 1942: Tom Treanor looks at tin recycling for the war effort and notes that garbage in Los Angeles is fed to hogs in Fontana – with a steam shovel. Hogs in the Los Angeles area had been fed … Continue reading

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