Monthly Archives: January 2013

C.C. Pierce — Found on EBay

A vendor has listed a good number of C.C. Pierce photos on EBay. As I have written before, Pierce was a prolific photographer who added work by other photographers to his own collection. What I find particularly interesting about them … Continue reading

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How Not to Wear a Hat – Film Noir Edition (Updated ++)

This mystery gent has a rather crushed chapeau.

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Movieland Mystery Photo

Today’s mystery folks are from the collection of Mary Mallory. Thanks, Mary! Please congratulate Bob Hansen, Mike Hawks and Tim Doherty for identifying our mystery gal. And thanks to Mary for sharing a mystery photo.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Pressbooks to Sell Movies

From the beginning of the motion picture industry, film companies devised all types of advertising to entice consumers to buy movie tickets. Posters, lobby cards and window displays, glass slides, sheet music and photographs could be employed by exhibitors to … Continue reading

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LAPD Officer Kicks News Photographer, Delays Beebe Inquest

Jan. 13, 1943: The inquest in the death of Stanley H. Beebe, who was fatally injured in a beating by LAPD officers, is halted when Officer John Yates kicks Herald-Express photographer Edward Phillips in the groin. Recall that it was … Continue reading

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On Location: The May Co.

A little of Loretta Young (featured this month on TCM) goes a long way at the Daily Mirror HQ, but I noticed these shots of a department store in “Employees’ Entrance” and they reminded me of the sequence in “Public … Continue reading

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Seals Juggle, Walk Rope, Plus Little Miss Manicure at the Pantages!

Jan. 23, 1913: Juggling, rope-walking seals! Little Miss Manicure and the Scarecrow Man! On the jump, a couple of juicy divorces and Carl Warr, the dynamiter.

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Rain in Los Angeles, Jan. 24, 1863

Read the entire Jan. 24, 1863, issue of the Los Angeles Star, scanned by USC from an original copy at the Huntington. Jan. 24, 1863: Most of the Los Angeles Star is devoted to details about the progress (or lack … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo – Newsboy Cap Edition VI (Updated +++)

Here’s a mystery lad in a newsboy cap! How to Wear a Hat – Newsboy Cap Edition How to Wear a Hat — ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Edition Movieland Mystery Photo – Newsboy Cap Edition I Movieland Mystery Photo – Newsboy … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Charlie Chaplin Comes to Hollywood

Oct. 16, 1917: An architect’s rendering of Chaplin’s studios in The Times Ninety-five years ago, comedian Charlie Chaplin constructed the first beautiful studio lot in Hollywood, the first to offer style to filmmaking. What had been merely an industry housed … Continue reading

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Laurel and Hardy Meet Laurel y Hardy

I thought it would be fun to compare “Chickens Come Home” and “Politiquerias,” which aired recently on Turner Classic Movies. A shot-by-shot comparison shows that even though they use the same plot and camera setups, the English- and Spanish-language versions … Continue reading

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TCM: Fail

Hobart Bosworth’s previously unknown role as Bob the Tomato.

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Millennial Moment: Ban on Blood Donations From Gay Men Urged

Jan. 18, 1983: Gay men are “known to be at increased risk of acquiring a mysterious and often fatal new disease that suppresses the body’s immune system” so the National Hemophilia Foundation is seeking to bar them from donating blood, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mack Sennett!

Mary Mallory notes that today is Mack Sennett’s birthday. Read Mary’s post on Sennett here.

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Movieland Mystery Photo

Here’s another mystery photo, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Thanks, Mary! This is Gloria Dickson, who burned to death in a fire in 1945.

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Deadly LAPD Beating: Officer Describes Arrest

Jan. 17, 1943: District attorney’s investigators question Police Sgt. James F. Martin about the arrest of Stanley H. Beebe, who died after being beaten by LAPD officers. Martin said that he got a bloody nose and two broken ribs in … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo

Here’s another mystery photo, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Thanks, Mary! Nobody guessed our fellow — let me see if I can find more photos of him before revealing the answer.

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Ferdinand Earle – Found on EBay

A lot of material belonging to Ferdinand Earle (d. 1951) has been listed on EBay. Earle was an art director, writer and director in the silent era. The photo above is from “Womanhood,” on which he was art director. He … Continue reading

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It’s Jan. 15. Trim your roses

Yes it’s Jan. 15. I remember it very quietly by trimming my roses.

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U.S. Lifts Ban on L.A. Paper Accused of Treason, Jan. 17, 1863

Read the entire Los Angeles Star of Jan. 17, 1863, courtesy of USC and the Huntington Library. Jan. 17, 1863: The Star notes that after a year of being banned from the U.S. mails for publishing treasonous articles in support … Continue reading

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