Category Archives: 1926

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

Buster Keaton seemed to have it all in the mid-1920s. His career was riding high, as the public loved his film comedies, making him one of America’s top film personalities. He had a beautiful wife, Natalie Talmadge, and two lovely … Continue reading

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W.C. Fields and the Los Angeles Public Library — Mystery Photo

Last night, I was watching “The Bank Dick,” as I have  many times before, but this was the first with my new plasma TV, so I was much more aware of the detail. I spotted a photo of what looked … Continue reading

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Nazimova and the Garden of Allah

Feb. 10, 1927: The Garden of “Alla” (later changed to Allah) at Sunset Boulevard and Havenhurst Drive. Sunset Boulevard and Havenhurst Drive via Google’s Street View. This postcard showing the home of actress Alla Nazimova has been listed on EBay. … Continue reading

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Louis Adamic: Aimee Semple McPherson’s Fight With Satan

Note: The Daily Mirror HQ recently acquired another issue of Haldeman-Julius Monthly with another piece by Louis Adamic, author of “Cecil B. DeMille: Movie Evangelist.”  Here it is, courtesy of the OCR software of the HQ’s scanner. THE Reverend “Sister” … Continue reading

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Sept. 4, 1781: Los Angeles Is Founded

  Sept. 4, 1926:The Times publishes a map showing the streets of the day, noting the changes made since Ord’s survey. Sept. 4, 1981: Mayor Tom Bradley and actress Bernadette Peters cut the cake for Los Angeles’ 200th birthday Jan. … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Louis Adamic and Aimee Semple McPherson

The disappearance and return of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson made 1926 a prolific year for Los Angeles author Louis Adamic (d. 1951), best remembered today for his 1931 book “Dynamite.” Like Morrow Mayo and other writers in H.L. Mencken’s shock … Continue reading

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From the Reference Desk: Movie Star’s Mother Dies in Car Crash

Here’s a lesson in what to do if you don’t have access to ProQuest. Stacia of She Blogged by Night had a question the other day about car a accident involving Vera Steadman, Al Christie and Marie Prevost’s Mother, Mrs. … Continue reading

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