Category Archives: Film

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s Inaugural Autumn Fest Big Success

Vilma Banky and Rudolph Valentino in “Son of the Sheik,” courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Earning enthusiastic praise and reception from thrilled audiences, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s inaugural Autumn Fest Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, introduced … 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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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated)

Believe me, I know some people take the mystery photos very seriously – and so do I. In fact, I had a tough time picking a mystery movie this week. The first DVD I grabbed was a South Korean film … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ernest Bachrach Defines RKO Glamour

Ernest Bachrach’s portrait of Robert Ryan is listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $94.95. Hollywood’s motion picture still photography defined sophisticated style, shaped personas and created the iconic image of “a movie star” as we know it today. … 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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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 18, 1944

Sept. 18, 1944 Walter Winchell and Danton Walker refer to the Aug. 5 fight between Jon Hall and Tommy Dorsey in the so-called Battle of the Balcony at Dorsey’s apartment on the Sunset Strip. Walter Winchell says: Norma Shearer is … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 31

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, Sept. 17, 1944

Sept. 17, 1944 Bestsellers: “Green Dolphin Street,” “Leave Her to Heaven,” “History of Rome Hanks,” “Strange Fruit,” “I Never Left Home,” “The Time for Decision,” “Yankee From Olympus,” “Anna and the King of Siam” and “Invasion!” Louella Parsons says: All … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 30

New York critic, columnist and radio pundit Alexander Woollcott makes an endorsement for Pullman in 1940. Courtesy of the Illinois Digital Archives. In Vera Caspary’s novel “Laura,” New York columnist Waldo Lydecker endorses the Byron pen, renamed the “Wallace Flow-Rite … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 16, 1944

Sept. 16, 1944 Danton Walker says: Frank Sinatra’s father has just been made chief of the Fire Department of Hoboken, N.J., in case you care. Louella Parsons says: A scout in New York telegraphed that Sidney Kingsley, the playwright, has … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This is “The Case of the Velvet Claws,” a 1936 Warner Bros. film starring Warren William as Perry Mason and Claire Dodd as Della Street, adapted by Tom Reed from Erle Stanley Gardner’s novel and directed by William Clemens. It … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘What Happened to Mary’ Introduces Cross-Promotions

  “What Happened to Mary” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Distinct and beautiful advertising often sells products better than the actual item, its story or its usefulness. Early film, music and book publishing companies quickly realized the value of beautiful hand-drawn … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Jazzes Up Fall

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival spices up the fall with a presentation of silent films Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the glorious Art Deco Castro Theatre for its Autumn Film Festival. The one-day event highlights the glories of what … Continue reading

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Wife Stabs Venice Man to Death, Sept. 12, 1944

Sept. 12, 1944 Charles Holdren, 45, lived at 1515 Trolleyway, Venice, with his wife, Ellen, and daughters from a previous marriage: Virginia, 20, Peggy, 18, and Lois, 13. He worked as a fish cutter and after Charles and Ellen had … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 12, 1944

Sept. 12, 1944 Danton Walker says: Huge orders for railroad cars, motors, trucks, etc., have already arrived here from France, first indication of U.S. industry’s bite of postwar business. Louella Parsons says: Hunt Stromberg’s plan to make “Blood and Guts” … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 11, 1944

Sept. 11, 1944 You needn’t be surprised if you find Mervyn LeRoy producing pictures in Bulgaria, setting up shop in Italy or moving into France. Mervyn has formed an independent producing company to be known as the Arrowhead Productions. When … Continue reading

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