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Movieland Mystery Photo

And for Monday, we have a mystery gent with a bow tie.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘What Happened to Mary’ Introduces Cross-Promotions

  “What Happened to Mary” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Distinct and beautiful advertising often sells products better than the actual item, its story or its usefulness. Early film, music and book publishing companies quickly realized the value of beautiful hand-drawn … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Jazzes Up Fall

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival spices up the fall with a presentation of silent films Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the glorious Art Deco Castro Theatre for its Autumn Film Festival. The one-day event highlights the glories of what … Continue reading

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Wife Stabs Venice Man to Death, Sept. 12, 1944

Sept. 12, 1944 Charles Holdren, 45, lived at 1515 Trolleyway, Venice, with his wife, Ellen, and daughters from a previous marriage: Virginia, 20, Peggy, 18, and Lois, 13. He worked as a fish cutter and after Charles and Ellen had … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 12, 1944

Sept. 12, 1944 Danton Walker says: Huge orders for railroad cars, motors, trucks, etc., have already arrived here from France, first indication of U.S. industry’s bite of postwar business. Louella Parsons says: Hunt Stromberg’s plan to make “Blood and Guts” … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 11, 1944

Sept. 11, 1944 You needn’t be surprised if you find Mervyn LeRoy producing pictures in Bulgaria, setting up shop in Italy or moving into France. Mervyn has formed an independent producing company to be known as the Arrowhead Productions. When … Continue reading

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9/11/2001

The Daily Mirror is dark for 9/11.

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TCM Viewer Poll: What Is Your Favorite Tribute?

So after bashing Melanie Griffith’s annoying tribute to Jean Harlow, I thought I would ask the Brain Trust: What’s your favorite? As far as I can tell, there is no complete list of TCM tributes (not even on Wikipedia!), so … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 29

The famous portrait of Laura Hunt in “Laura” by the fictional artist Stuart Jacoby. For the film, a large photo of Gene Tierney was heavily retouched to appear to be a painting. In case you just tuned in, I’m using … Continue reading

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

Sept. 10, 1944 The influence of Andre de Toth, the director, has been very important in the life of Veronica Lake. She is no longer the girl who doesn’t care. She cares very much now what people think of her, … Continue reading

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$400 to Hear the Beatles in Mono? You Must Be Kidding!

“The Beatles in Glorious, Non-Lifelike Monaural,” listed on Amazon at $374.98. Dear Millennials and aging Baby Boomers with too much money: Just say no. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of vinyl and have several thousand discs that … Continue reading

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Dear TCM

Dear TCM: Once again, you are airing Melanie Griffith’s “tribute” to Jean Harlow, which is dreadful in every way. I suppose it seemed like a good concept to have a “modern” (well sort of) blond bombshell discuss Harlow. But it … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 28

Detective Mark McPherson, played by Dana Andrews in the film version of “Laura.” 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 … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Why Be Good?’ Celebrates the Jazz Age

  “I’m Thirsty for Kisses” from “Why Be Good?” listed on EBay at $8.49. A pulsating, dynamic salute to the jazz-mad, anything goes generation, the restored Colleen Moore feature, “Why Be Good?” features entertaining performances and gorgeous design set to … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 9, 1944

Sept. 9, 1944 Danton Walker says: Jackie Gleason (“Follow the Girls”), who originally got his start in burlesque, will play the role of a press agent for a burlesque company in his first picture for 20th Century-Fox. Louella Parsons says: … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo — Tennessee Williams’ Edition

A member of the Brain Trust has called my attention to a gent appearing in the film of Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly, Last Summer,” a movie I have never seen. Apparently this fellow, who plays Sebastian Venable, is unidentified and I … Continue reading

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Carlos Valdez Lozano: L.A., Friday Night

Paramount Ballroom, 2708 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., via Google Street View.   Note: Here’s a post from my Times colleague Carlos Valdez Lozano about an adventure he had with the late George Ramos and former Times reporter Robert J. Lopez. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Buster Keaton’s ‘The Italian Villa’

Note: As many of you know, Mary Mallory’s father passed away, so in her absence we’re running one of her most popular posts, from 2012.  Buster Keaton seemed to have it all in the mid-1920s. His career was riding high, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1934 film “We Live Again,” directed by Rouben Mamoulian, starring Anna Sten and Fredric March.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Cinecon Film Festival Screens Forgotten and Historic Films

“Paths to Paradise,” Photoplay, July – December 1925. Another year and another Cinecon Film Festival has come and gone. Started 50 years ago as an opportunity for classic film lovers and collectors to come together to view long unseen films, … Continue reading

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