Category Archives: Film

Notes on AT&T’s ISB7500 – And an Important Warning

Behold the ISB7500. Notice the LINK light is lit. That means it’s connected to the gateway. If it isn’t, the DVR won’t play back movies you have recorded.  We recently said goodbye to our latest VIP2250 DVR, which we burned … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1943 Monogram Pictures film “Blazing Guns,” starring Ken Maynard and Hoot Gibson, with LeRoy Mason, Emmett Lynn, Weldon Heyburn, Roy Brent, Eddie Gribbon, Lloyd Ingraham, Geo. Kamel, Kay Forrester, Robbie Kavanaugh, Frank Ellis, Charles … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Athletic Club Trains Filmdom’s Elite

The Hollywood Athletic Club, Photoplay, 1924. In the 1910s and 1920s, social clubs were all the rage in Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Many people immigrated to Southern California’s sunny shores pursuing new adventures. Most arrived friendless and eager to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: It’s Time for the Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival

Fannie Ward in “The Cheat.”   For the 18th year in a row, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is holding their Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival in Niles’ historic 1913 Edison Theatre this weekend from Friday, June 26 to … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been “After Office Hours,” a 1935 MGM picture starring Constance Bennett (Thursday’s mystery woman), Clark Gable (Friday’s mystery fellow), Stuart Erwin (Friday’s mystery guest), Billie Burke (not shown), Harvey Stephens (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Katharine … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Max Ree Adds Fine Design

Max Ree , in an undated photo. Mostly forgotten today thanks to his short film career, Danish architect turned costume and set designer Max Ree fashioned elegant artistry in the motion picture field from the mid-1920s through the mid-1930s. He … Continue reading

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TCM Movie Camp: Do Your Homework

TCM’s “Movie Camp” hosts William Joyce, left, and Brandon Oldenburg. I tuned in to TCM’s “Movie Camp” over the weekend, not to watch these two fellows, but to catch “Hoppity Goes to Town” also known as “Mr. Bug Goes to … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1944 picture “The Woman in the Window,” directed by Fritz Lang, starring Edward G. Robinson (Friday’s mystery chap), Joan Bennett (Thursday’s mystery painting), Raymond Massey (Friday’s mystery chap), Edmond Breon (not shown), Dan … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition Caught on Film

The Tower of Jewels, in an image from the Los Angeles Public Library. One hundred years ago, San Francisco hosted the most elaborate and and fantastic World’s Exposition until that time in celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie is the 1931 RKO picture “Men of Chance,” starring Ricardo Cortez, Mary Astor (Friday’s mystery guests) and John Halliday (Wednesday’s mystery guest). It was directed by George Archainbaud and written by Louis Weitzenkorn and adapted … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre David O. Selznick’s Summer Playhouse

The Lobero Theatre. Santa Barbara’s beautiful Lobero Theatre has long operated as Hollywood’s go-to location for theatrical tryouts and performances since its opening in 1924. California’s oldest continuous operating theatre, the Lobero was founded in 1873 by Jose Lobero, before … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory/Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

“When the Earth Trembled,” courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival offered a little something for everyone during their recently concluded 20th anniversary festival. From presentations by renowned historians and archivists to screenings … Continue reading

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Zoot Suit Riots, June 1943

A hipster duck wears a zoot suit in Disney’s  “The Spirit of ‘43.” In 2011, I took a look at the official Navy documents on the Zoot Suit Riots. Here they are: “Zoot Suit” and History, Part 1| Part 2 … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been the 1966 Czech film “Closely Watched Trains,” which won the Academy Award for foreign film in 1968. It was directed by Jiri Menzel and written by Menzel and Bohumil Hrabal from a novel … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Breakfast Club Dines on History

Leading up to the twentieth century, few social organizations existed, except for those of wealth or higher class, or working for a charitable organization. Most people attended a religious organization of some kind. Military veterans honored those who died in … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1930-31 Warner Bros. pre-code film “Illicit,” starring Barbara Stanwyck (Friday’s mystery woman) with James Rennie (Thursday’s mystery chap), Ricardo Cortez (not shown), Natalie Moorhead (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Charles Butterworth (Wednesday’s mystery chap), Joan Blondell … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

“Sherlock Holmes” starring William Gillette, courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Conceived by Melissa Chittick and Stephen Salmons as a way to share the beauty of early cinema with the world, The San Francisco Silent Film Festival celebrates … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1915 picture “The Coward,” written by Thomas Ince and directed by Ince and Reginald Barker. It was shown in Los Angeles at Clune’s Auditorium in November 1915 with  Dorothy Gish and Wallace Reid … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Griffith Observatory Celebrates 80 Years of Reaching for the Stars

The cover of an undated brochure about Griffith Observatory, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Originally a dream of Los Angeles benefactor and convicted murderer “Colonel” Griffith J. Griffith, Griffith Observatory now stands as one of the city’s preeminent … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + + )

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1962 film “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die”  best known in its “Mystery Science Theater 3000” version. MST3K version 1/9 MST3K version 2/9 MST3K version 3/9 MST3K version 4/9 MST3K version 5/9 MST3K version … Continue reading

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