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I work at the Los Angeles Times

Black Dahlia: ‘Black Dahlia’ Composer Bob Belden Dies at 58

Adam Parker of the Post and Courier is reporting the death of composer Bob Belden, who wrote the orchestral suite “Black Dahlia,” which was released on CD in 2001. If you’re not familiar with the suite, here’s a selection. I … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Asians Wear Vintage?

We went through a vintage clothing phase in 1974 while at the University of Arizona and working on the Invisible Theatre play “Mad Dog Coll,” which was set in New York in the 1930s. Our vintage suits went back to … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

And for Monday, we have a mystery fellow.  

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Griffith Observatory Celebrates 80 Years of Reaching for the Stars

The cover of an undated brochure about Griffith Observatory, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Originally a dream of Los Angeles benefactor and convicted murderer “Colonel” Griffith J. Griffith, Griffith Observatory now stands as one of the city’s preeminent … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Vintage Eateries in L.A.

Fair Oaks Pharmacy’s neon sign, which was restored and re-mounted on the building after years of languishing in obscurity. A recent post by the Los Angeles Beat of vintage Los Angeles restaurants included Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena.

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Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + + )

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1962 film “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die”  best known in its “Mystery Science Theater 3000” version. MST3K version 1/9 MST3K version 2/9 MST3K version 3/9 MST3K version 4/9 MST3K version 5/9 MST3K version … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Colleen Moore’s Dollhouse Supports Children’s Charities

Colleen Moore’s doll house in a frame grab from CBS “Sunday Morning.” From the beginning of time, people have been collectors. Objects as diverse as paintings, stamps, shells, rocks, postcards, photographs, baseballs, or even furniture have been compiled for the … Continue reading

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Cafe Frankenstein, When a Cappuccino was 70 Cents

Here’s something truly awesome: A menu for the Cafe Frankenstein in Laguna Beach with artwork by Burt Shonberg, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $125.  I wrote about Cafe Frankenstein in 2011 when a group of slides was … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1957 MGM picture “Edge of the City,” which was Martin Ritt’s debut as a film director. It starred John Cassavetes (Tuesday’s Back of the Head Guy), Sidney Poitier (Friday’s mystery guest), Jack Warden … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: L.J. Burrud: Hollywoodland Publicity Man and Western Adventurer

Jan. 6, 1924: The Times publishes a photo of an Oakland car that was driven up to the Hollywood sign. Southern California and Los Angeles exploded into the public zeitgeist thanks to imaginative advertising and publicity from area supporters and … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1948 Eagle-Lion picture “Hollow Triumph,” also known as “The Scar.” The movie stars Paul Henreid (Friday’s mystery guest), Joan Bennett (Thursday’s mystery guest) and Eduard Franz (Wednesday’s mystery guest). It was written by … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood’s Pig’n Whistle Draws Film Fans

A souvenir postcard for the Pig’n Whistle, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Famous for decades as an upscale destination for sweet treats and light bites, Hollywood Blvd.’s Pig’n Whistle soda fountain and candy shop featured elegant surroundings and lighthearted family atmosphere, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s movie has been the 1934 RKO picture “Murder on the Blackboard.” The film, the second in the Hildegarde Withers series, was released by Warner Archive in a set of six films after being unavailable for years. The … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ravished Armenia and the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

  A still from “Auction of Souls,” in the Washington Times. For more than 120 years, Armenians have seen slaughter and death at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and the Turks. In 1894, Sultan Abdul-Hamid II ordered the first … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Re-Creating Elizabeth Short’s Final Meal Puts the Ghoul in Goulash

An image of the Black Dahlia crime scene sets the mood for dinner. How about some pinot extra noir?  It takes a special sort of person to think it’s a swell idea to have a pricey meal ($65 per) while … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1924 First National Picture “Her Night of Romance,” starring Constance Talmadge (Wednesday’s mystery woman) and Ronald Colman (Friday’s mystery chap). It was directed by Sidney A. Franklin from a story by Hans Kraly. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Woman’s Club of Hollywood Celebrates 110 Years

  Community beautifier, social service agent, educator, historian, and protector, the Woman’s Club of Hollywood has served its community for 110 years, working to make Hollywood a better place. Following the dictums of the City Beautiful movement, the organization worked … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Don’t Waste Your Money on Her FBI File (Updated)

Some enterprising EBay vendor has listed Elizabeth Short’s FBI file for $20. Don’t waste your money. First of all, the FBI had no jurisdiction in the Black Dahlia case, so it’s mostly newspaper clippings and other assorted documents. Second, the … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1947 Twentieth Century-Fox picture “Boomerang!” starring Dana Andrews (not shown), Jane Wyatt (not shown), Lee J. Cobb (not shown), Cara Williams (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Arthur Kennedy (Friday’s mystery man), Sam Levene (not shown), Taylor … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Fred Archer, Master of Artistic Photography

  Joan Bennett photographed by Fred Archer, Modern Screen Magazine. As stillsmen Elmer Fryer and Fred Archer wrote in the 1928 article for “Transactions of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers,” “In the advertising field, the still picture is used … Continue reading

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