Category Archives: 1938

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

For those who just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as director of “Laura” to take a meandering look at the making of the film. We have been focusing on a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Too Much Johnson’ Introduces Orson Welles’ Talent

  Joseph Cotten, left, in “Too Much Johnson.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened their salute to Orson Welles Saturday, May 3, 2014, by screening the first films ever made … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Studio City Revolves Around Movies

The Studio City Theatre, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Celebrities and movies have existed as an integral part of Studio City’s economic life from its very beginning. Established as a motion picture district in 1928, Studio City would see entertainment-related businesses … Continue reading

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Christmas on the Radio — Jack Benny

Jack Benny at the microphone, a photo listed on EBay for $9.97. Here are some of Jack Benny’s Christmas shows, courtesy of Archive.org. From 1936 | 1938 | 1941 | 1944 | 1947 | 1948

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – 1938 Floods Wreak Havoc on Los Angeles Area

Flooding in North Hollywood, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Seventy-five years ago, a deluge of rain hit Los Angeles and the surrounding area, leading to massive floods and causing millions of dollars in damage and a devastating loss of life. Many … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 14

Dec. 28, 1937: Dist. Atty. Buron Fitts has a conference with Betty Braun Healy and her attorney to answer her allegations about Ted Healy’s death. (Los Angeles Herald-Express) In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Earl Carroll’s Swanky Sunset Boulevard Theater

Photo: Earl Carroll at the groundbreaking for his nightclub, with Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor and W.C. Fields. Courtesy of James Curtis. In the late 1930s, Earl Carroll reigned as Broadway’s exotic showman, producing splashy musical revues featuring statuesque, sultry showgirls. … Continue reading

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Officer in Harry Raymond Bombing Dies in San Quentin

May 18, 1942: Former Police Officer Roy J. Allen, who was convicted with Earle Kynette in the 1938 Harry Raymond bombing, dies in the hospital at San Quentin. He was 38. More on the Harry Raymond bombing Charlie Chaplin’s “The … Continue reading

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