Category Archives: Hollywood Heights

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘The Road Is Open Again’ Promotes Optimism

  “The Road Is Open Again,” via YouTube.   In times of adversity and challenge, catchy songs or phrases have captured Americans’ imaginations, rallying spirits and action. Though written in 1929, the tune, “Happy Days Are Here Again,” was first … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Alex Kahle Shoots the Angles

Virginia Bruce, courtesy of Mary Mallory. When most people think of motion picture stills photographers, they think of such renowned portraitists as George Hurrell, Ruth Harriet Louise, Clarence Sinclair Bull, and Eugene Richee, who created the glamour and iconography of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Studio City Nightclubs Jazz Up San Fernando Valley

The Zomba Cafe in “The Loved One,” about the 1:38 mark. Thanks to its geographic location and its proximity to entertainment industry businesses, Studio City has served as the home for eclectic restaurants and nightclubs providing a variety of amusement … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Marc McDermott, Man of Dignity

Marc “MacDermott” on the cover of Motion Picture News. Cultured and dignified whether playing lecherous aristocrats or burdened family men, Marc McDermott and his subtle acting drew accolades from critics and the public throughout his almost twenty year film career. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The House of Westmore Beautifies Hollywood

Ann Sheridan promotes the House of Westmore. Since the 1920s, the Westmore family has served the entertainment industry as some of the greatest practitioners of makeup artistry. From leading studio makeup departments to creating unique makeup effects, the Westmores have … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Venice Miniature Railway, Tourist Attraction and Realty Estate Promotion

A postcard showing Venice’s miniature railway, courtesy of Mary Mallory. In the early 1900s, Los Angeles and environs were booming. Ballyhoo from groups like the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, railroads, the Automobile Club, realtors, and civic groups promoting Southern … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Dale Fuller, Comic Cutup to Von Stroheim Drama Queen

Dale Fuller, Exhibitors Herald, June 24, 1922. Best remembered today for her melodramatic character parts in Erich von Stroheim films, actress Dale Fuller possessed a wide range of skills, displaying talent singing, mugging, and performing dramatic roles. Not beautiful in … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Elks’ Temple Highlights Importance of Fraternal Organizations

The Elks Temple in an undated photo. Long a glamorous, outstanding example of Neo-Gothic Architecture and the powerful force of fraternal organizations, Los Angeles’ Elks’ Temple #99 still stands proudly at 607 S. Park View St. across from MacArthur Park. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Bans ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ (Updated)

A still from “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from “The Movies Come From America.” Update: A reader on the film site, Nitrateville, pointed out that novelist Upton Sinclair wrote about the protest at “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” in his … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland Riding Stable First of Its Kind in Los Angeles

When it announced its opening for business on March 31, 1923, the Hollywoodland real estate development promised quality homes, upscale amenities now considered de rigueur in gated communities, and beautiful surroundings to discerning homebuyers. The first to construct a business … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Roy D’Arcy: The Man With the Devilish Grin

Roy D’Arcy, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Discovered by the great silent film director Erich von Stroheim and introduced to films in his magnificent “The Merry Widow,” suave Roy D’Arcy, born Roy Giusti, fashioned his screen persona and perhaps even … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Erich von Stroheim’s ‘Paprika’

A copy of Erich von Stroheim’s “Paprika” inscribed to Hugo Ballin has been listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $875. Note: This is a post that originally appeared in 2012. Famed director/actor Erich von Stroheim faced financial disaster … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Campo de Cahuenga, California’s Birthplace

The 2014 luminaria festival will be held at Campo de Cahuenga Dec. 7 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Note: This is a repost from 2012. This year’s luminaria festival will be held Sunday. Driving south down … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. If you enjoy Mary Mallory’s columns (and our survey shows that readers do) you might like this anthology of Hollywood Heights called “Hollywoodland: Tales Lost and Found.” It’s available for the Kindle, but … Continue reading

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Hollywood Celebrates Christmas With a Parade

The view down Hollywood Boulevard in 2014. Photograph by Mary Mallory. Photo: Santa Claus Lane, shown in a postcard on EBay, listed as Buy It Now for $8.50. Note: This is a post from 2011, with an update from 2014  … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: George Ali, World’s Greatest Animal Impersonator

  George Ali in “Peter Pan.” Best remembered for portraying Nana the dog in Herbert Brenon’s 1924 film adaptation of “Peter Pan,” George Ali excelled at playing all types of animal characters in vaudeville and the stage for over thirty … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Bryson Apartments ‘The Finest Apartment Building West of New York City’

The Bryson Apartments, via Google Street View. Considered by many to be one of the most attractive apartment buildings in Los Angeles, the regal Bryson Apartment Building at 2701 Wilshire Blvd. stands as a lovely example of 1910s high end … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ravenswood Apartments Attract the Stylish

Mae West in her boudoir at the Ravenswood, Life magazine, Feb. 19, 1940. Built during the early years of the Great Depression, the luxurious Ravenswood Apartment building at 570 N. Rossmore Ave. stands as one of the best examples of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sennett Stills Photographers Display Wide Talents

Derelys Perdue, photo by Albert J. Kopec. While some motion picture stills photographers are renowned for their work, such as George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Ernest Bachrach, and Ruth Harriet Louise, others are largely forgotten today, seeming to disappear into … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: El Portal Theatre Entertains San Fernando Valley

El Portal Theatre, courtesy of Mary Mallory. For the first couple of decades of the twentieth century, construction of a grand, elaborately decorated motion picture theatre in a small town suggested either that the burg was developing rapidly into an … Continue reading

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