Category Archives: 1944

Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 2

The crime scene, 8493 Fountain Ave., via The Times Mapping L.A. Project. Surveys have shown that most L.A. Daily Mirror readers live in Los Angeles or at least in Southern California, so the majority will already know this. I’m including … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 1, 1944

Oct. 1, 1944 The always unpredictable and exciting Maria Montez never fails to come through with some unexpected and dramatic episode when I talk to her. Talking in story book fashion is second nature to Universal’s queen of exotic dramas. … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 1

The unrecommended reading list. Not shown: Donald Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files,” Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service,” Howard Blum’s “American Lightning,” Wikipedia, etc. These are curious times to be a diligent researcher in Los Angeles history. There is more of Los … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 30, 1944

Sept. 30, 1944   Danton Walker says: Government officials want 20th Century-Fox to release “Winged Victory” on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor day, as a boost to the country’s morale. Lucille Ball, since her separation from Desi Arnaz, has gone to … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror Reader Survey — Georgette Bauerdorf (Updated)

Georgette Bauerdorf, from the New York Sun, Oct. 13, 1944, via Fultonhistory.com. In the readers’ choice between “Laura” and Georgette Bauerdorf, the response has been almost universal in favor of looking into the Bauerdorf killing of October 1944. As longtime … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge

Sept. 27, 1944: Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge, with Phil Harris filling in for Kyser. Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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Daily Mirror Reader Survey

Here’s a quick question as we head into October: I can keep doing the posts on the making of “Laura.” Or I can cover the unsolved killing of Georgette Bauerdorf (Oct. 13, 1944). But I cannot do both. Which would … Continue reading

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Man Kidnaps Woman in Attempted Murder-Suicide

  738 S. Mariposa Ave., via Google Street View. Sept. 26, 1944 Mrs. Lilliam Bohny, 35, of 738 S. Mariposa Ave. was in her nightgown and housecoat, being shown some sweaters by sweater salesman Robert Lang when William E. Andrews, … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 26, 1944

Sept. 26, 1944 Walter Winchell says: Many of the staffers at Time-Life are said to be “tired of anonymity” and are taking sides… The big musical hit in town, “Song of Norway,” advertises Milton Lazarus as adapting the book … … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Sept. 25, 1944

Sept. 25, 1944 Claire Poe of Miami Beach, Fla., appears on the cover of Life’s special issue “A Letter to GIs,” because she is the kind of good-looking American girl that a lot of GIs know and would like to … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 35

The film of “Laura” makes heavy use of David Raksin’s now-famous theme song. The tune running through Vera Caspary’s novel is “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” from the musical “Roberta.” This copy of the sheet music is for sale on … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 25, 1944

Sept. 25, 1944 Walter Winchell says: Capt. J. Patterson (or his double), according to startled staffers, made visits to the Times publisher several times last week. What’s cookin? … Morton Downey and Molly Vanderbilt are the town’s most serious romance … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 34

The opening lines of Vera Caspary’s “Laura,” as narrated by newspaper columnist Waldo Lydecker. 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 … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 24, 1944

Sept. 24, 1944 Louella Parsons says:  Why is young Van Johnson the idol of the bobby sox brigade and at this moment crowding Frank Sinatra and Alan Ladd for top honors? Van isn’t handsome,he hasn’t a striking physique and he … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 33

Waldo Lydecker, played by Clifton Webb in the film version of “Laura.”  In the novel, Waldo is considerably taller and much heavier. In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being … Continue reading

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

Sept. 23, 1944 Dear Martha Foster: I’m not such an old-fashioned biddy as to believe that the standards of our Puritan forebears can be held up as a way of life in this hardboiled age, but it frightens me sometimes … Continue reading

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Allies 310 Miles From Berlin! Sept. 19, 1944

  Sept. 19, 1944   At a Town Hall luncheon at the Biltmore, RAF Wing Cmdr. Christopher Currant tells the audience that what we now know as the V-2 rocket is the greatest argument against isolationism. “It can be dropped … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 19, 1944

Sept. 19, 1944 Walter Winchell says: FDR’s desk has four new miniatures of his sons in uniform. The Copacabana’s new revue starring Joe E. Lewis is the talk of the town. Before Pearl Harbor there were 3,000 Jap organizations in … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 32

  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 … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Sept. 18, 1944

Sept. 18, 1944 After spending Labor Day in Pawling, Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey drove to New York for conferences with John Foster Dulles, his adviser on foreign affairs, and Herbert Brownell, Republican National Committee chairman. The next day, on … Continue reading

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