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I work at the Los Angeles Times

1944 in Print — Joan Harrison, Hollywood’s Only Female Producer

April 23, 1944 Here’s a feature on Joan Harrison and her collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock. “Young and attractive Joan Harrison is the only woman associate producer in Hollywood today,” the unidentified writer says. From the Miami News. About these ads

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 23, 1944

April 23, 1944 Don’t get me wrong. Loretta still is a glamor girl and never prettier than she is at this moment, but with a difference. She’s found what any woman would give 10 years of her life to have … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 23, 1944

April 23, 1944 Errol Flynn and Peggy Maley are a thing … Judy Garland and Vincent Minnelli are dinner companions … In his next Andy Hardy picture, Mickey Rooney will go for a glamorazon and Dorothy Ford is being considered … Continue reading

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‘London After Midnight’ — ‘One Reel of Story and Six Reels of Utter Rot’

In perusing Film Spectator for 1928, I found this review of “London After Midnight,” one of the most intriguing of the lost silent movies. Oh dear: “The whole thing is too utterly silly to warrant detailed criticism…. There is about … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 22, 1944

April 22, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, April 22 — Col. Frank Capra’s “The Negro Soldier” had its premiere at the theater in the Ambassador Hotel this week and was highly lauded by all who attended. Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, highest ranking … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 22, 1944

April 22, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, April 21 – Jean Arthur’s contract with Columbia ends with “The Impatient Years” and she is not re-signing with this company, or any other. Jean is doing what Claudette Colbert did when she announced recently she … Continue reading

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LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files

I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room at the LAPD’s Parker Center headquarters, sometimes called “the cop shop.” The box was a jumble of press releases, photographs, artists’ sketches and other … Continue reading

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Movieland mystery photo ( Updated + )

Here’s our mysterious chap for Monday.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Early Los Angeles Portrait Photographers Capture Life

    Garden City Foto Co. demonstrated its setup for high-angle shots in this ad from a Los Angeles city directory.  Long before topnotch stills photographers like Fred Hartsook and Albert Witzel began shooting high-end portraits, many early photographers captured … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: A New ‘Suspect’ (Who Isn’t Dr. George Hodel) and a New Dimension in Lunacy

Nobody does “true” crime stories quite like the Brits. And the Daily Mail is all over this one. Suppose I told you that Suzanne Degnan (1946), the Black Dahlia (1947), Jimmy Hoffa (disappeared 1975), the Zodiac victims (late 1960s) AND … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — TCM Classic Film Festival Scores on Silent Movie Music Selection

  Carl Davis conducts a live orchestra in his score for “Why Worry?” at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Photograph by Tyler Golden / Turner Entertainment Networks. Just as the TCM Classic Film Festival offers a diverse selection of film … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 18, 1944

April 18, 1944 Hedy Lamarr is having the picture “Diamond Rock” prepared for her at Metro while she is busy making “The Conspirators.” Grad Sears is telling friends that United Artists will acquire “The Voice of the Turtle,” with Leland … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 18, 1944

What’s going on with the “Greatest Generation?” April 18, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, April 17 – Now I ask you, who better than Errol Flynn could do “The Adventures of Don Juan” and have five feminine honeys, no less, fighting for his … Continue reading

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Books From the Slush Pile: ‘River of Angels,’ by Alejandro Morales

The reject pile! Aspiring authors, avert thine eyes! In case you just tuned in, this is one of the books I retrieved from the piles of review copies put out for the staff. I’m not familiar with Alejandro Morales, a … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, April 17, 1944

April 17, 1944 Esther Williams is the cover girl in this week’s issue of Life magazine with a feature on “Bathing Beauty.” And what happened to all that WPA artwork? It was sold as junk. Courtesy of Google Books.

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Harold Heffernan, April 17, 1944

April 17, 1944 Who is Harold Heffernan? He’s a new one on me. HOLLYWOOD, Cal., April 17 – Friends of Steve Crane and Lana Turner say that it finally was a case of two ambitious people under one roof. Crane … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 17, 1944

April 17, 1944 A VERY PRETTY COMPLEMENT HAS BEEN PAID Mrs. Lillian Fontaine, mother of Joan Fontaine and Olivia De Havilland, by Mark Dennison, who writes to say: “I should think Joan Fontaine and Olivia De Havilland should be terribly … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 16, 1944

April 16, 1944 WAR NOTES OF THE WEEK: Errol Flynn purchasing a newspaper with the headline, “Chaplin Acquitted,” and saying to Pal, the newsboy on Sunset Strip, “I’m awfully glad to read this.” From the Miami News.

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 16, 1944

April 16, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, April 15 – “There is no happiness possible,” Myrna Loy said, “when two people have divergent interests. You do not think alike and you cannot find real congeniality or mutual enjoyment.” That statement, following just a … Continue reading

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LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files: Sandra Bowers

I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room at the LAPD’s Parker Center headquarters, sometimes called “the cop shop.” The box was a jumble of press releases, photographs, artists’ sketches and other … Continue reading

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