Monthly Archives: July 2012

Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s another picture from the amazing collection of Steven Bibb! Update: This is Lawrence David “Sunny Jim” McKeen Jr., who died in 1933 at the age of 8. Please congratulate Barbara Klein for identifying him. About these ads

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Gang Members Seize Prisoners in Police Brawl

July 31, 1942: A brawl breaks out at Pomeroy Avenue and Mark Street  when LAPD officers try to break up a dice game involving gang members. The group took three prisoners from police officers, injuring a officer’s hand, sprayed police … Continue reading

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

A promotional card for Pennsylvania funeral home, listed on EBay at Buy It Now for $95.  Queen of the Dead – dateline July 30, 2012 •   Two reliably talented British performers have died: Angharad Rees (on July 21, at 63) … Continue reading

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Remembering Elizabeth Short on Her Birthday

July 29 is the birthday of Elizabeth Short. She would have been 88. I prefer to honor this day rather than the date she was found, Jan. 15, 1947.

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Movieland Mystery Photo

Great picture, no? From the collection of Steven Bibb.

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Movieland Mystery Photo

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

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Mickey Cohen on the Record – Talking With Author Tere Tereba

Photo: Tere Tereba’s “Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.’s Notorious Mobster.”   Note: I have been talking with author Tere Tereba about her book “Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.’s Notorious Mobster.” Was he nothing more  … Continue reading

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One Woman’s Vision of Saving Black History

My latest column  is about the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum in Culver City. Cheers to Executive Director Larry Earl Jr., Archivist Cara Adams and volunteer Sandra Lindsey for their help.

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

A customized 1973 Oldsmobile hearse, listed on EBay at Buy It Now for $13,500. Queen of the Dead – dateline July 23, 2012 •   I adored Celeste Holm (who died on July 15, at 95) as an actress—she was warm … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

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

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Lana Turner Elopes!

July 18, 1942: Lana Turner elopes to Las Vegas with Stephen Crane in a marriage performed by the same judge who did her marriage to Artie Shaw in 1940. Turner is 22 and Crane is 27. It is the second … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s today’s mystery photo, courtesy of Steven Bibb! This is a still from “Power” showing Frank Vosper, who disappeared from an ocean liner in 1937.

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

A model of the Jaguar XKE hearse from “Harold and Maude” has been listed on EBay with bids starting at 125 GBP. Queen of the Dead – dateline July 16, 2012 •  I’m a real bear on architectural preservation, so … Continue reading

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Seeing L.A. Through the Lens of History – C.C. Pierce’s Photos

My latest column for The Times is on early L.A. photographer C.C. Pierce.

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Movieland Mystery Photo – Film Within a Film Edition [Updated ++]

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

Photo: A 1999 Cadillac hearse listed on EBay with bids starting at $1, or Buy It Now for $10,995.  Queen of the Dead – dateline July 9, 2012 •   Andy Griffith (who died at 86, on July 3), I thought, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo

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

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‘Casablanca’ Cast Honors Michael Curtiz’s 15 Years in U.S.

July 7, 1942:Twin brothers Walter and Sol Brundo, jazz musicians, join a military band stationed at Camp Haan in Riverside County.   I can’t find any trace of Sol and Walter. I wonder what became of them. “The Magnificent Ambersons”opens at … Continue reading

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On Assignment

I’m on assignment this week, so posting will be light.

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

This gag postcard of a hearse has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at  $19.95. Queen of the Dead – dateline July 2, 2012 •  Don Grady, the hottest of My Three Sons, died on June 27; he was 68. … Continue reading

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