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I work at the Los Angeles Times

LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files: John Doe No. 52 DR 73 478 242

In case you just tuned in, I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room — the “Cop Shop” — when Parker Center was closed. Today we have an artist’s sketch of John … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 23, 1944

  July 23, 1944 The conversation I had with Bing Crosby several days ago was not about the world-famous crooner, the man who is already mentioned for this year’s Oscar because of his performance in “Going My Way.” It5 was … Continue reading

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

The fur coat — all that remains of Vera Caspary’s original story “Easy Living” — lands on Jean Arthur in Preston Sturges’ script. In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 22, 1944

July 22, 1944 Mr. Winkle Goes to War” has set Jack Moss in solid as a producer at Columbia – so solid that his next will be “Pal Joey.” The Broadway stage hit has nothing to do with Pal Joey … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + )

And for Monday, we have a mystery elevator operator.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Douglass Dumbrille, Suave Slickster

Douglass Dumbrille, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Classic Hollywood studio films employed actors with striking faces and mannerisms as recognizable character types from the 1930s to the 1960s, giving a shorthand to understanding the story as well as a way … Continue reading

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Books From the Slush Pile: ‘The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magon’

If I hadn’t written the posts about Los Angeles in 1907 for the 1947project in 2006, I would have never heard of Ricardo Flores Magon, who was arrested in Los Angeles, along with Librado Rivera, Antonio Villareal and L. Gutierrez … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 18, 1944

July 18, 1944 One of the most startling medical books of recent years is “Kaiser Wakes the Doctors.” It succeeded in getting its author, Paul De Kruif, in the center of a storm with the American Medical Association. I have … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, July 17, 1944

The pretty girl in peasant clothes on this week’s cover is Anne Scott from Columbus, Ohio. Anne has been modeling ever since her graduation from Ohio State University nearly five years ago. Although she has posed for several cover sketches, … Continue reading

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LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files: A Memo From Chief Davis on Media Relations

In case you just tuned in, I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old Cop Shop at the LAPD’s Parker Center and I’m slowly scanning the files. This is a memo sent by Chief … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip, by Louella Parsons, July 17, 1944

July 17, 1944 Lana Turner, as Bunny Smith, the public stenographer, is only one of the star parts in “Week-End at the Waldorf.” In the script, which Sam and Bella Spivak have just completed, there are at least eight other … Continue reading

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GOP Picks Dewey in Race for President; California Gov. Warren Rejects Draft Movement

  June 29, 1944 I need to do a little catching up on national politics, with the Republican National Convention, which was held in Chicago. Of course, the convention was covered by Times political editor Kyle Palmer and as usual, … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 16, 1944

July 16, 1944 Louella Parsons says: Diana Lynn, who has been everyone’s kid sister in movies on the Paramount lot, has at long last gone glamorous. The dazzling young lady with the blonde curls and the black lace form-fitting dress … Continue reading

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

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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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 15, 1944

July 15, 1944: Our women are really going places and doing big things in the movies. Just today I learned that Kay Francis reports Sept. 1 at Monogram Studios as co-producer of “Divorce.” Jeffrey Bernerd, who has done so much … Continue reading

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Weird Al Gets ‘Tacky’ in Downtown Los Angeles

Weird Al has a new video, “Tacky,” a satire on Pharrell’s “Happy.” The sign for the Los Angeles Theatre is clearly visible in the shots, pegging this as Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Theatre and the Palace … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + )

This is the 1939 film “Captain Fury,” which for some mysterious reason isn’t out on DVD or VHS and is only available on the gray market.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Crossword Mama, You Puzzle Me

“Cross Word Puzzle Mama, You Puzzle Me,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Recording of “Cross Word Puzzle Mama.” The 1920s were a decade of fads. Everything from mah jongg, radio, bridge, golf, solitaire and dance steps exploded into popularity before being … Continue reading

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Lorin Maazel in Memoriam — A Musician Remembered

Here are some videos culled from YouTube of the late Lorin Maazel. Maazel conducts his arrangement of Wagner’s music in “The ‘Ring’ Without Words”  with the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland Sign Premieres November 1923

Jan. 6, 1924: The Times publishes a photo of an Oakland car that was driven up to the Hollywood sign. Note: Here’s a post from November 2013 for those who wrongly assume that the Hollywood sign was unveiled on July … Continue reading

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