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About lmharnisch

I work at the Los Angeles Times

L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

This Norden bomb sight has been listed on EBay with bids starting at $1.950. As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be evaluated thoroughly before submitting a bid.

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The Shrinking U.S. Newspaper, 1896 – 2014

  Here’s an issue of the San Francisco Call from 1896 compared to a recent page from the 2014 Los Angeles Times.

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

So far, most of the retro gift suggestions have been books. But what if your significant other isn’t much of a reader? Well, then, how about this 1964 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible owned by Charles Bronson? It’s listed at $34,500 … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 40

In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as the director of “Laura” to take a meandering look at the making of the film, which was released in Los … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Longtime readers of the L.A. Daily Mirror will remember Marion Eisenmann’s contributions of artwork. She is also offering a few items with her artwork, as shown above. Contact Marion directly for more information about items in her store.

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 39

  In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as the director of “Laura” to take a meandering look at the making of the film, which was released in … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Today’s holiday gift suggestion is the latest biography from Eve Golden, “John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars.” The Daily Mirror likes to support its local independent bookstore whenever possible. But … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 38

In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as the director of “Laura” to take a meandering look at the making of the film, which was released in Los … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

“Angel’s Flight” by Leo Politi. Another of my favorite books about Los Angeles is Leo Politi’s “Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Reminiscences of Bygone Days,” published in 1964. Copies are listed on Bookfinder for as little as $20. This painting shows … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was 1939 Warner Bros.’ picture “Private Detective,” with Jane Wyman, Dick Foran, Gloria Dickson and Maxie Rosenbloom, with a screenplay by Earle Snell and Raymond Schrock, based on a story by Kay Krausse.  It was directed … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Roy D’Arcy: The Man With the Devilish Grin

Roy D’Arcy, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Discovered by the great silent film director Erich von Stroheim and introduced to films in his magnificent “The Merry Widow,” suave Roy D’Arcy, born Roy Giusti, fashioned his screen persona and perhaps even … Continue reading

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LAPD Scrapbook: Radio Patrolmen Nab Burglar Suspect, Westwood Hills Press, Dec. 14, 1945

Dec. 14, 1945 This item in the LAPD scrapbooks at the city archive is from the Westwood Hills Press and profiles Officer Walter A. Callahan, who was awarded the Silver Star and Marine Corps Distinguished Service Medal in World War … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

“The Los Angeles Book,” with text by Lee Shippey and photos by Max Yavno is one of my favorite books on Los Angeles – but only for Yavno’s photographs. The text is forgettable and, in fact, Yavno said he paid … Continue reading

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Septerhed on Display at Starbucks

Nov. 25, 2014. Septerhed’s latest drawing at Starbucks. Since I encountered them more than a year ago, I have been a fan of Septerhed’s drawings, a recurring feature at the Starbucks at Spring and 6th streets in downtown Los Angeles.  … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

In February, I ran a series of posts by James Curtis about producer David Lewis. This isn’t a new book but I found it remarkably insightful. “The Creative Producer” can be found via Bookfinder.com, with copies starting as low as … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 37

Detective Mark McPherson (played by Dana Andrews), confronts Shelby Carpenter (played by Vincent Price) about a shotgun that might be the murder weapon. In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Mark A. Vieira and Cecilia B. de Mille Presley will be making a personal appearance for the launch of the opulent volume “Cecil B. De Mille The Art of the Hollywood Epic” on Friday at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 36

Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) confronts a sleeping Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) in “Laura.”   I have been using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as the director of “Laura” to take a meandering look … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Note: This is a post from 2013 in which we chatted with author Christina Rice. The book is available for $22.99 for the Kindle, $36.17 in hardback from Amazon or $40 at local independent bookstores such as Vroman’s, which is … Continue reading

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Taking a Sabbatical in 2015

A lesson about time: Laura Hunt’s antique clock has an unfortunate encounter with Waldo Lydecker’s shotgun in “Laura.” As I have said here before: So many stories, only one Larry Harnisch. In September, I put aside a long series of … Continue reading

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