Category Archives: Hollywood Heights

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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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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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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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Lookout Mountain Inn Promotes Real Estate

  A postcard of Lookout Mountain, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Long before the developers of Hollywoodland offered potential buyers the chance to enjoy the magnificent views at the top of the hill above their giant advertising sign, the real estate … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Why Be Good?’ Celebrates the Jazz Age

  “I’m Thirsty for Kisses” from “Why Be Good?” listed on EBay at $8.49. A pulsating, dynamic salute to the jazz-mad, anything goes generation, the restored Colleen Moore feature, “Why Be Good?” features entertaining performances and gorgeous design set to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Buster Keaton’s ‘The Italian Villa’

Note: As many of you know, Mary Mallory’s father passed away, so in her absence we’re running one of her most popular posts, from 2012.  Buster Keaton seemed to have it all in the mid-1920s. His career was riding high, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Cinecon Film Festival Screens Forgotten and Historic Films

“Paths to Paradise,” Photoplay, July – December 1925. Another year and another Cinecon Film Festival has come and gone. Started 50 years ago as an opportunity for classic film lovers and collectors to come together to view long unseen films, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Masquers Laugh to Win, Part Three: Support From Others

The fraternal organization, the Masquers Club, founded in Hollywood in 1925 by eight actors, prided itself on love, loyalty, and support. They lived by the motto: “We Laugh to Win,” a rallying cry whenever a brother was in need. They … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Masquers Laugh to Win, Part II: Giving Support To Others

“The Bride’ “The Bride’s Bereavement or the Snake in the Grass” and “Stolen by Gypsies,” two Masquers presentations. Organized in 1925, the Masquers Club was a social/fraternal organization founded by actors but open to others in the entertainment industry. As … Continue reading

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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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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Bimini Baths’ Curing Waters Heal the Soul

A postcard showing the Bimini Baths, courtesy of Mary Mallory. For centuries, those looking for healing of mental or physical ailments visited therapeutic spas and springs at such places as Bath, England, and Baden Baden in Germany. By the 1860s, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Do Something for Uncle Sam

“Do Something” via the Library of Congress. One hundred years ago on July 28, 1914, World War I erupted after Austria-Hungary fired the first shots invading Serbia in response to Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip’s shooting and killing of Archduke Franz … Continue reading

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