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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 16, 1944

April 16, 1944 WAR NOTES OF THE WEEK: Errol Flynn purchasing a newspaper with the headline, “Chaplin Acquitted,” and saying to Pal, the newsboy on Sunset Strip, “I’m awfully glad to read this.” From the Miami News. About these ads

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 16, 1944

April 16, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, April 15 – “There is no happiness possible,” Myrna Loy said, “when two people have divergent interests. You do not think alike and you cannot find real congeniality or mutual enjoyment.” That statement, following just a … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 15, 1944

April 15, 1944 Some quotations from the Motion Picture Herald, including this about “Princess O’Rourke.” I played this fine picture on Sunday-Monday to just fair business and had more raves about it than anything I played in years. Maybe  it … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 11, 1944

April 11, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, APRIL 10 – So many movies are mentioned for Cary Grant that when I hear he is to make a picture I say, “Does Cary know it?” This time he does know he is to star … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 11, 1944

April 11, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, April 11 — Greer Garson’s underwear scene in “Mrs. Parkington” is giving the Hayes office a problem. From the Miami News.  

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 10, 1944

Here’s another political cartoon by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale, formerly of The Times, who moved to the Examiner. “There’s a Burma Girl a-Settin’ ” refers to the poem “Mandalay” by Rudyard Kipling. April 10, 1944 JUST THE DAY BEFORE JOAN … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 9, 1944

April 9, 1944 Sidney Skolsky says: In “Objective Burma,” there is a soldier named Cesar Negulesco who is described as being “very concerned about his lack of experience with women,” which is a rib directed at wolf Jean Negulesco. From … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 9, 1944

April 9, 1944 “A man is downstairs with a black eye,” announced Collins, my butler, who in the nine years he has been with me has seen many stars come through that front door. From the Milwaukee Sentinel.

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 8, 1944

Why look! It’s our old friend cartoonist Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale, who left The Times to go to the Los Angeles Examiner. In 1944, April 8 was Holy Saturday and the papers are full of stories and ads for Easter. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 4, 1944

April 4, 1944 Billy Wilder’s handwriting, though it looks neat, is almost undecipherable. He sent a memo on “Double Indemnity” to Buddy De Silva which was returned because it was too difficult to read. Wilder answered, “I know what I … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 4, 1944

April 4, 1944 A day after Lana Turner told Louella Parsons that she and Stephen Crane weren’t separating, Crane says they are. From the Milwaukee Sentinel.

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 3, 1944

April 3, 1944 The rumors were widely circulated last week that Lana Turner and Steve Crane had reached a breaking point. So I asked Lana. “Oh for heaven sakes,” she said, “we have been so peaceful for a year. There … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 2, 1944

April 1, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, April 1 – War Notes of the Week: Looking at the front page of most of the local papers you wouldn’t know that there was a war on, for the headline and most of the page … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 2, 1944

The Sentinel is serializing “Goodnight, Sweet Prince,” Gene Fowler’s biography of John Barrymore, with illustrations by James Montgomery Flagg. April 2, 1944 Louella Parsons asks Ann Sheridan: “When are you and Steve Hannagan going to take that big step?” Sheridan … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 1, 1944

April 1, 1944 Meet Sidney Skolsky (d. 1983), a Hollywood-based gossip columnist. Let’s give him a month and see if he’s a keeper. HOLLYWOOD, April 1 – It doesn’t matter who your favorite movie critic is, you can’t ignore those … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons

April 1, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, March 31 – If Olivia de Havilland can straighten out her affairs and if there are no legal complications, she will do “Made in Heaven” at RKO. Charles Koerner just bought the comedy from — and … Continue reading

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March 2014 Reader Survey

Here are the results as of Saturday. I’m guessing the figures may change a bit, but not too much.

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 29, 1944

March 29, 1944 The Private Papers of a Cub Reporter The following is an editorial from the St. Louis Star-Times titled: “Dies Committee’s Un-American Investigation of Winchell” … “The Dies committee to investigate Un-American activities, in the course of its … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, March 28, 1944

March 28, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, March 27 – If you’ve seen “Oklahoma” you’ll remember the red-haired American named Marc Platt, who dances with the grace of Fred Astaire. Well, Marc has been signed by Columbia and is heading for Hollywood to … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 28, 1944

March 28, 1944 Notes of an Innocent Bystander The Magic Lantern: “See Here, Private Hargrove” is loaded with familiar comedy gags, but it’s got so doggone much good feeling that you skip the stencils. Besides, it’s got a pair of … Continue reading

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