Category Archives: Film

Movieland Mystery Photo — B.J. Merholz Edition (Updated)

  This week’s mystery film is courtesy of B.J. Merholz.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Nigel De Brulier — Soothsayer From the East?

Nigel de Brulier, courtesy of Mary Mallory. For decades, Hollywood typed actors for their looks, personality, temperament, a shorthand telling audiences what they could expect whenever the actor appeared. Some personalities like Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Crawford, … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 14, 1944

Oct. 14, 1944: Danton Walker says: David Sarnoff, RCA president, predicts a television gadget that will be worn on the wrist but contains a practical television screen. Louella Parsons says: Constance Moore and Dennis O’Keefe report next week for “The … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been “Badlands” (1973), written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek and Warren Oates. I generally avoid more recent films, figuring that they are too easy, but realized that 41 years … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Dick Grace, Hollywood’s Daredevil Sky Pilot

  Dick Grace in action. Hollywood and aviation took off at about the same points in history, helping to put each other on the map. Early American aviators inaugurated the fledgling field in the early 1900s, just as early filmmakers … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 10, 1944

Oct. 10, 1944 Walter Winchell: All Around the Town The Waldorf’s special entrance for private railroad cars … Ramshackle Lower East Side apartments without any bathing facilities – in the world’s most modern city .. The 22 reservoirs that supply … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 9, 1944

Oct. 9, 1944 Walter Winchell says: Wendell Willkie* didn’t know the real reason for his hospitalization. Intimates persuaded news and air reporters to “play it down.” … When the flash of his passing reached midtown spots at 2:30 Sunday ayem … Continue reading

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

Reginald de Koven’s “Robin Hood” will be performed in Philadelphia. Oct. 8, 1944: Louella Parsons says: The first official visit Effie Klinker, Edgar Bergen’s new wooden spinster, made was at my house. The old gal, who Edgar says was a … Continue reading

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

Oct. 7, 1944 Danton Walker says: Agnes De Mille is the unseen star of “Bloomer Girl,” as she is the star of almost any show for which she is choreographer. This much-touted extravaganza, though gorgeously costumed, sumptuously set and brimming … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + + )

  This is “Madam Satan,” directed by Cecil B. DeMille and written by three women: longtime DeMille collaborator Jeanie MacPherson (d. 1946), Gladys Unger (d. 1940) and Elsie Janis (d. 1956). It starred Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Lillian Roth and … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 3, 1944

Oct. 3, 1944 Walter Winchell says: You probably have been frightened no little in the past two years by the many articles which threatened inflation … The following (from Fortune) was reprinted in The Reader’s Digest in 1934: By next … Continue reading

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Alice Cooper Knits 180 Pairs of Socks

Oct. 2, 1944 A 93-year-old Glendora woman says that she has knitted 180 pairs of socks and 12 sweaters for servicemen since Pearl Harbor. “I should know how. I took my first lesson in knitting 85 years ago,” says Mrs. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 2, 1944

Oct. 2, 1944 Walter Winchell says: Joan Fontaine’s intimates suspect that if she weds again the groom will be producer D. Lewis … The postponed Edgar Bergen marriage is just a nice way of saying it is off for good… … 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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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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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie is “Fast Company,” a 1938 MGM film written by Marco Page (Harry Kurnitz) and Harold Tarshis from a book by Page, directed by Edward Buzzell and photographed by Clyde Devinna.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Garden Court Apartments Offer Luxurious Living on Hollywood Boulevard

A postcard of the Garden Court Apartments, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $9.99. For decades, the elegant Garden Court Apartments represented high-class living for both aspiring and successful residents of Hollywood. Located just west of the thriving … Continue reading

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‘Three on a Match’ — Ann Dvorak’s Duesenberg

I finally saw “Three on a Match,” which was on TCM yesterday. And I’m crazy about Ann Dvorak’s Duesenberg town car. What a set of wheels. In this shot, Joan Blondell and Bette Davis are drooling over it.

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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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