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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 12

The Hollywood Canteen as portrayed in the 1944 film “Hollywood Canteen.” And being a movie, this is a set, not the actual canteen. For comparison, here’s an undated snapshot of the actual canteen. Notice that there’s no awning and no … Continue reading

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Antisocial Parking

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

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., … Continue reading

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

  This week’s mystery film is courtesy of B.J. Merholz.

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

Nigel de Brulier, courtesy of Mary Mallory. For 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, … Continue reading

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

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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

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1944 on the Radio – NBC Symphony With Marian Anderson

Oct. 15, 1944: The NBC Symphony Orchestra, with guest Marian Anderson, conducted by Frank Black. Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 9

A portrait of Georgette Bauerdorf published in the Daily News, Oct. 13, 1944. It’s unclear from news reports whether Georgette Bauerdorf was pursuing any further education after apparently graduating from the Westlake School for Girls. Several stories in the Los … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 8

The Herald-Examiner published a photo of Georgette Bauerdorf with a question mark, one of its visual cliches of the 1940s, Oct. 13, 1944. The investigation revealed that the young woman found face-down in the bathtub at 8493 Fountain Ave., was … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 14, 1944

Oct. 14, 1944: Danton Walker says: David Sarnoff, RCA president, predicts a television gadget that will be worn on the wrist but contains a practical television screen. Louella Parsons says: Constance Moore and Dennis O’Keefe report next week for “The … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been “Badlands” (1973), written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek and Warren Oates. I generally avoid more recent films, figuring that they are too easy, but realized that 41 years … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 7

  Georgette Bauerdorf found dead, Oct. 13, 1944, Los Angeles Times. Oct. 13, 1944 This account has been assembled from newspaper stories that generally agree, but contradict one another on some details. Newspapers of this era often published long excerpts … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Dick Grace, Hollywood’s Daredevil Sky Pilot

  Dick Grace in action. Hollywood and aviation took off at about the same points in history, helping to put each other on the map. Early American aviators inaugurated the fledgling field in the early 1900s, just as early filmmakers … Continue reading

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Wikipedia vs. Joe Streater

Thanks to Earl Boebert for pointing us to this one. From Awfulannouncing.com: For years, [Joe] Streater has been falsely linked with one of the greatest scandals in the history of college sports. Streater was 100% not involved in the point … Continue reading

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

Oct. 11, 1944: Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge. Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 6

El Palacio Apartments, 8491 Fountain Ave., in a photo from the Los Angeles Herald-Express, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. El Palacio in 2008, as shown by Google Street View. Los Angeles Times, May 10, 1931: El Palacio is … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 10, 1944

Oct. 10, 1944 Walter Winchell: All Around the Town The Waldorf’s special entrance for private railroad cars … Ramshackle Lower East Side apartments without any bathing facilities – in the world’s most modern city .. The 22 reservoirs that supply … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 5

Oct. 3, 1942: Abbott and Costello outside the Hollywood Canteen at the opening ceremony, in a Times photo. Cahuenga Boulevard south of Sunset Boulevard, former location of the Hollywood Canteen, via Google Street View.  One of the important locations in … Continue reading

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