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I work at the Los Angeles Times

Another Good Story Ruined: The L.A. Times and the Watts Riots

Myth destroyed: The Times publishes a photo Aug. 13, 1965  of Charles Hillinger in the riot area interviewing people. As next week’s anniversary of the Watts Riots draws near, I am once again hearing the old urban myth that the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Will Fowler on South Norton Avenue, October 1996

As I mentioned previously, I am slowly digitizing my Black Dahlia files. Here’s a frame grab from a video I shot of Will Fowler on South Norton Avenue in October 1996. Like many people who have written about the killing … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated)

For Monday, we have a mystery woman wearing a tie.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The ‘It’ Cafe, Hollywood’s Swankiest Night Spot

The “It” Cafe in the Hollywood Plaza Hotel, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. Restaurants go in and out of style in Hollywood just as quickly as go-go boots and bell bottoms, thanks to those following the hip crowd … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: ‘No Irish Need Apply’ Debunker Gets Debunked by Young Scholar

Here’s an excellent weekend read by Patrick Young, Esq., in the Long Island Wins, rebutting the contention that “No Irish Need Apply” was mere paranoia and legend. Thanks to Earl Boebert for the tip. ”No Irish Need Apply: A Myth … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Hack Writing and the Birth of Urban Myths

Hollywood Citizen-News, Jan. 15, 1947. I’m slowly digitizing my files on the Elizabeth Short killing for easier access, and yesterday I was going through the Hollywood Citizen-News, which is one of the lesser sources on the case.  And, of course, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

I wanted to do a Lloyd Bacon movie this week and “The Office Wife” (Warner Bros., 1930) is the earliest one in my collection, and as a bonus, it was the feature film debut of Joan Blondell (one of Friday’s … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 4269 Lankershim Blvd: Evolution of an Address

Club Indigo matchbook courtesy of Mary Mallory. While some proprietorships remain in business for decades at one address, most often, occupancy at the site frequently changes due to economic and cultural cycles. Following owners usually continue in the same vein … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Senor Wences and ‘History Is Made at Night’

  I received a couple of comments about my statement on the mystery movie “History Is Made at Night” regarding the appearance (or non-appearance) of ventriloquist Senor Wences – or at least the appearance/non-appearance of his left hand. So I … Continue reading

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California Bans Women as Toll Collectors on Bay Bridge – They Are Unstable

Feb. 1, 1947: I’m going through my clips on the Black Dahlia case and here’s an unrelated story from the Santa Barbara News-Press. The state personnel board prohibits women from taking the Civil Service exam for Bay Bridge toll collector … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was “History is Made at Night,” a 1937 Walter Wanger production released through United Artists starring Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur (Friday’s mystery guests). It also featured Leo Carrillo (Thursday’s mystery guest) and Colin Clive (Wednesday’s … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Junius Estep and Alfred Lindstedt, Early but Forgotten Stills Photographers

Bessie Eyton by Junius Estep, courtesy of Mary Mallory. In the early days of silent film production, moving picture companies promoted their brand names to consumers, selling films around the quality and type of pictures produced by their individual companies. … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1931 Radio Pictures pre-code comedy “Peach-O-Reno” by Tim Whelan, starring Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey (Friday’s mystery guests) with Dorothy Lee (not shown) and directed by William A. Seiter. The film also featured Zelma … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Assistance League Scouts Film Locations

Motion Picture Magazine, 1925. In the early days of the motion picture industry, no rules and regulations held down the field’s growth and development as companies basically made it up as they went along. There were no labor rules, no … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1946 Paramount picture “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,” starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, (Friday’s mystery guests), Judith Anderson (bonus mystery guest), Roman Bohnen (not shown) and Darryl Hickman … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Teddy the Dog, Mack Sennett’s Best Friend

Teddy the dog with a Mack Sennett bathing beauty, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Guide, guard, and constant companion, the friendly dog is man’s best friend. Unswervingly loyal and supportive, canines give much needed love and help when times are tough. … Continue reading

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A Wartime Fourth of July: Los Angeles, 1942

Years ago, in researching Camp Cooke, I bought the diary of a soldier named Harry A. Rankin, who was stationed there in 1942 and early 1943 (and no, he doesn’t mention Elizabeth Short). Here’s his list of what he did … Continue reading

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Notes on AT&T’s ISB7500 – And an Important Warning

Behold the ISB7500. Notice the LINK light is lit. That means it’s connected to the gateway. If it isn’t, the DVR won’t play back movies you have recorded.  We recently said goodbye to our latest VIP2250 DVR, which we burned … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1943 Monogram Pictures film “Blazing Guns,” starring Ken Maynard and Hoot Gibson, with LeRoy Mason, Emmett Lynn, Weldon Heyburn, Roy Brent, Eddie Gribbon, Lloyd Ingraham, Geo. Kamel, Kay Forrester, Robbie Kavanaugh, Frank Ellis, Charles … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Athletic Club Trains Filmdom’s Elite

The Hollywood Athletic Club, Photoplay, 1924. In the 1910s and 1920s, social clubs were all the rage in Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Many people immigrated to Southern California’s sunny shores pursuing new adventures. Most arrived friendless and eager to … Continue reading

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