Category Archives: Books and Authors

‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 25

Ann Treadwell (played by Judith Anderson) is questioned by Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) in “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” … Continue reading

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James Ellroy and the Remake of ‘Laura’: Doomed From the Start

  Imagine my surprise yesterday when the Hollywood Reporter announced that my onetime friend James Ellroy would be doing a remake of “Laura,” the subject of a meandering series of posts over the last few weeks. Perhaps my little project … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 24

  Dorothy Adams as Bessie Clary, Laura Hunt’s maid, in “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 meandering look … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 27, 1944

Aug. 27, 1944 Hollywood’s divorces and nightclub battles always manage to get on the front pages. It’s just too bad the public doesn’t get an equal chance to learn about the topic of conversation that really interests the stars. Go … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 23

  Lee Tung Foo, left, and Clifton Webb as Waldo Lydecker in a scene from “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” … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 22

“Antique Shop,” Third Avenue near 57th Street, New York, Oct. 8, 1936, by Berenice Abbott, part of the Federal Art Project, via the New York Public Library. ”From where I stood, the shop looked like a dark cavern. The antique … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 21

828 Fifth Avenue, New York, via Google Street View. Susan Treadwell (renamed Ann Treadwell and played by Judith Anderson in the film) lives in a mansion on upper Fifth Avenue (Page 22). 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, Aug. 20, 1944

Aug. 20, 1944 To tell a woman she is beautiful is the most acceptable compliment any daughter of Eve can receive. It’s the most exciting praise every girl, whether she resides in Hollywood or lives on an isolated farm, enjoys … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 20

“I stood beside him in the bay window of Laura’s living room. East 62nd Street had yielded to the spirit of carnival…” The 200 block of East 62nd Street, New York, via Google Street View. In case you just tuned … Continue reading

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Books, Reading and Lending Libraries

Note to millennials: This is an example of a book from a lending library. These were generally small  businesses that rented books for pennies a day and specialized in current literature and somewhat racy material that wasn’t available at the … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 19

Page 151 of “Laura.” Novelist Vera Caspary uses the date Friday, Aug. 27, 1941. 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 — Life Magazine, Aug. 14, 1944

Aug. 14, 1944 The tough, haggard man on the cover is one of the thousands who are winning the battle for France. He is Lt. Kelso C. Horne of the U.S. airborne infantry. Men like Lt. Horne saw their hardest … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 18

Times Square about 1940, in a postcard listed on EBay at $12.50. 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 … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 17

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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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 16

“Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery, and Horror,” edited by Dorothy L. Sayers. From the library of Fernando Pessoa. In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as the … Continue reading

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Guest Review: B.J. Merholz on ‘The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan’

After we wrote our post on “The Selected Letters of Elia Kaza,” we passed it on to longtime reader B.J. Merholz (try doing that with an e-book). He writes: Howdy, Jim! Just a line to let you know I’m dipping … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 15

“The Case of the Haunted Husband,” a 1941 novel by the prolific Erle Stanley Gardner, listed on EBay at $26.99, with a reinforced dust jacket that might indicate a previous life in a lending library. (Note to millennials: A lending … Continue reading

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Florabel Muir’s ‘Headline Happy’

A copy of Florabel Muir’s 1950 “Headline Happy” has been listed on EBay for $45 or make an offer. Muir was a newspaperwoman in Los Angeles and discusses the usual suspects, including Bugsy Siegel (she describes the murder scene) and … Continue reading

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Black Mask, Weird Tales, Amazing Stories and Spicy Stories on the Internet!

Imagine my surprise to discover that Archive.org has added a large collection of pulp magazines such as this August 1920 issue of Black Mask, the legendary mystery magazine that published so many hardboiled writers, including Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Cornell … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Tom Treanor ‘One Damn Thing After Another’

July 30, 1944 Less than a month before Times war correspondent Tom Treanor was killed in France, his book “One Damn Thing After Another” was reviewed in The Times. The book is a collection of Treanor’s columns for The Times. … Continue reading

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