Monthly Archives: October 2012

Millennial Moment: Renovations at Earl Carroll Theatre

Oct. 31, 1982: Times staff writer Ruth Ryon profiles the renovations at the Earl Carroll Theatre, 6230 Sunset Blvd. Now the Nickelodeon Studios, the theater was designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann and opened on Christmas Eve 1938.

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Black Dahlia – Another Good Story Ruined

Curbed L.A. has posted a list of some “haunted” locations in L.A., including the Biltmore, where Elizabeth Short was left by Red Manley in January 1947, never to be seen again. The photo, alas, shows the current lobby, which didn’t … 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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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Bert Savoy

Photo: Bert Savoy via Confetta. Bert Savoy   1876 – 1923 Another book I will, frustratingly, never be able to write is about the Godfather of Camp, Bert Savoy—there is just not enough information on him to make a book … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo

Another mystery photo from the amazing collection of Steven Bibb!

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Apartment Buildings and Celebrity Connections – Part I

People moved to Hollywood in droves in the 1920s, lured by the exploding motion picture industry, and by gorgeous advertisements placed in magazines and newspapers around the country. Construction of apartment buildings surged to meet demand, especially those offering elegant … Continue reading

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Lon Chaney’s Ghost Haunts Hollywood and Vine!

Oct. 26, 1942: Rosetta (D. 1958) and Vivian (D. 1986) Duncan appear in “Topsy and Eva,” a musical version of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” a musical comedy in which they first appeared in San Francisco in the 1920s. The Duncan sisters … 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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Millennial Moment: Iranian Exiles Find a Bit of Home in Santa Monica Park

Oct. 25, 1982: Times staff writer Bill Overend profiles Iranian exiles who gather in Santa Monica’s Palisades Park on Sunday afternoons, hundreds of people — mostly Jews and some Muslims — who came to the U.S. because of the Iranian … Continue reading

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Feuding Women Sentenced to 90 Days in Same Jail Cell

Oct. 24, 1942: Yetta Furst of 2208 Sheridan St. and Anna  Rubenstein of 2214 Sheridan St. had been feuding for 20 years and had been charged with disturbing the peace. Municipal Judge Ida May Adams sentenced them to  90 days … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo

Here’s another mystery photo – in color! – from the amazing collection of Steven Bibb.

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Margaret Dumont

A photo of Groucho Marx and Margaret Dumont in “A Day at the Circus,” listed on EBay for $5.95. Margaret Dumont 1882 – 1965 I think we can all agree that Groucho Marx was a real sonofabitch, can’t we? A … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo

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

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Boosts Itself With a Song

  Hollywood Boulevard came into existence in 1910, when Prospect Avenue saw its name changed to Hollywood Boulevard. This was Hollywood’s main street, full of stores, churches and theaters. As the town grew, and especially when movie studios moved to … Continue reading

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Gang Blamed in Riot at Glendale Carnival

Oct. 19, 1942: Members of the Van Nuys “Chain Gang” are blamed for a riot that broke out at a carnival in Glendale, leaving one man near death from stab wounds and five others injured. About 30 members of the … Continue reading

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Millennial Moment: Hit Man Says Car Dealer Belongs to Mafia

Oct. 18, 1980: In one of the more unusual revelations in testimony by admitted hit man Jimmy “the Weasel” Fratianno, El Monte Toyota dealer Dominic Longo (d. 1985) is described as a Mafia member. Appearing at the trial of five … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

The annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar will be held Oct. 27 at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library. The bazaar is an excellent way to become acquainted with the astounding number of libraries and historical societies across the city and their amazingly … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Ada Jones

Ada  Jones 1873 – 1922   You youngsters can have your Ladies Gaga and Pinks and Katy Perrys. Give me the great Ada Jones. Ada was the first—and for ten years, the only—female superstar of the early record industry.

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s today’s mystery photo! Who is the mystery woman and what is the mystery film?

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Little Brown Church in the Valley

Photo: Republic Studios President Herbert Yates marries Vera Hruba Ralston in 1952. Courtesy of Mary Mallory. Originally ranch land that helped support the city of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley sometimes seemed slower and a tad more old fashioned … Continue reading

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