Category Archives: Film

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

  Aug. 19, 1944 Really interesting news that Freddie March is ready to sign a contract to play Major Joppolo in “A Bell for Adano.” I don’t mean the movie, either. He is being signed by Leland Hayward for the … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated)

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Masquers Club Laughs to Win

The Masquers reliving Keystone Kops days after shooting “Stout Hearts and Willing Hands,” from left, Roscoe Arbuckle, Bobby Vernon, Ford Sterling, Chester Conklin, Clyde Cooke, Mack Swain, Jimmy Finlayson and Hank Mann. Since the beginning of time, people have joined … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 15, 1944

Aug. 15, 1944 Clark Gable is not returning to work in September. He says he may never make another picture, which would be a terrible blow, not only to his studio, but to all his many fans. Said Clark: “I … 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 — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 14, 1944

Aug. 14, 1944 Sat and talked with Joan Fontaine the night before she left for Mexico and I have seldom seen her as happy. She had an engagement to meet Preston Sturges and there is a very good chance he … 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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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 13, 1944

Aug. 13, 1944 When I say [Michael Curtiz] is one of the very few I do not resent calling me “Lolly,” you get an idea we have been good friends through the years. I was one of five guests when … 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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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 12, 1944

  Aug. 12, 1944 Geraldine Fitzgerald’s sparkling performance as Edith Galt, second wife of Woodrow Wilson, creates a new and fresh interest in her. Fitting, I think, that Jack Warner should again lend her to Darryl Zanuck, for he did … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This is “Montana Moon,” a 1930 MGM film directed by Malcolm St. Clair. And although the TCM write-up says the  film was shot on location in Montana, we have the famous train station in beautiful Chatsworth, jewel of the northwest … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 8, 1944.

Aug. 8, 1944 If the Indians ever pick out a tribe name for Joyce Reynolds it should be “Little Miss Sittin’ Pretty.” Not only is Joyce zooming to fame, but she is by way of becoming the richest junior miss … 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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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 7, 1944

Geraldine Fitzgerald was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is a product of that city’s famous Gate Theatre. Her initial appearance on Broadway in Shaw’s “Heartbreak House”  brought offers from all major Hollywood studios. Now under contract to Warner Bros., she … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 7, 1944

Aug. 7, 1944 The honeymoon is over when the bride has to go back to work. At least, that is what Gail Patrick laughingly told me when I talked with her on the telephone. She got back in Hollywood to … 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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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 6, 1944

Aug. 6, 1944 Jennifer Jones is a strange, restrained, shy girl with little of the small talk and frivolous comments on life that characterize the average young woman of her years. Talking to her, you get the impression she is … Continue reading

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