Category Archives: Hollywood

1944 in Music — Oscar Levant and Leonard Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl, Aug. 22, 1944

Aug. 22, 1944 The Times encourages readers to save copies of the paper for reuse in the war effort. Let’s hear it for recycling! Keith Hallock gets a kiss from Warner Bros.’ Joyce Reynolds for being the first to volunteer … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 22, 1944

Aug. 22, 1944 Danton Walker writes: High on a hilltop in Beverly Hills at the end of the Tower Road, a tortuous lane overlooking Benedict Canyon, is a hobgoblin castle straight out of a Walt Disney film; an edifice of … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 22

“Antique Shop,” Third Avenue near 57th Street, New York, Oct. 8, 1936, by Berenice Abbott, part of the Federal Art Project, via the New York Public Library. ”From where I stood, the shop looked like a dark cavern. The antique … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 21, 1944

The churning craft on the cover are amphibious tractors, sometimes called “alligators.” The alligator, armed with machine guns, is designed to carry small loads of troops through the water to an enemy beach and, if possible, to carry them through … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 21, 1944

Aug. 21, 1944 Today, we stumbled across a columnist named Danton Walker (d. 1960). We don’t know his name, but his prose is so familiar that we can recite by heart the stale, snide New Yorker’s boilerplate on Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 21

828 Fifth Avenue, New York, via Google Street View. Susan Treadwell (renamed Ann Treadwell and played by Judith Anderson in the film) lives in a mansion on upper Fifth Avenue (Page 22). In case you just tuned in, I’m using … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 20, 1944

Aug. 20, 1944 To tell a woman she is beautiful is the most acceptable compliment any daughter of Eve can receive. It’s the most exciting praise every girl, whether she resides in Hollywood or lives on an isolated farm, enjoys … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 20

“I stood beside him in the bay window of Laura’s living room. East 62nd Street had yielded to the spirit of carnival…” The 200 block of East 62nd Street, New York, via Google Street View. In case you just tuned … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 19, 1944

  Aug. 19, 1944 Really interesting news that Freddie March is ready to sign a contract to play Major Joppolo in “A Bell for Adano.” I don’t mean the movie, either. He is being signed by Leland Hayward for the … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

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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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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 15, 1944

Aug. 15, 1944 Clark Gable is not returning to work in September. He says he may never make another picture, which would be a terrible blow, not only to his studio, but to all his many fans. Said Clark: “I … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 19

Page 151 of “Laura.” Novelist Vera Caspary uses the date Friday, Aug. 27, 1941. 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 … Continue reading

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

Aug. 14, 1944 Sat and talked with Joan Fontaine the night before she left for Mexico and I have seldom seen her as happy. She had an engagement to meet Preston Sturges and there is a very good chance he … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 18

Times Square about 1940, in a postcard listed on EBay at $12.50. 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 … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 13, 1944

Aug. 13, 1944 When I say [Michael Curtiz] is one of the very few I do not resent calling me “Lolly,” you get an idea we have been good friends through the years. I was one of five guests when … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 17

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, Aug. 12, 1944

  Aug. 12, 1944 Geraldine Fitzgerald’s sparkling performance as Edith Galt, second wife of Woodrow Wilson, creates a new and fresh interest in her. Fitting, I think, that Jack Warner should again lend her to Darryl Zanuck, for he did … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This is “Montana Moon,” a 1930 MGM film directed by Malcolm St. Clair. And although the TCM write-up says the  film was shot on location in Montana, we have the famous train station in beautiful Chatsworth, jewel of the northwest … 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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