Category Archives: Hollywood

‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 14

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, July 30, 1944

July 30, 1944 The youthful glamour department at MGM is in the hands of two young ladies whose widely divergent careers started about the same time. June Allyson, without five minutes’ training, went to Broadway and got herself a job … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 29, 1944

July 29, 1944 The most sought-after stage play of the year, “The Voice of the Turtle,” goes to Warner Bros. It was flashed from New York that Jack Warner had bought John Van Druten’s Broadway hit, and the news was … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: First National Building Banks On Hollywood’s Future

Hollywood First National Bank Building, Courtesy of Mary Mallory. Soaring to the skies, displaying confidence in Hollywood’s unlimited future, the First National Building, constructed and opened in 1928, brought Art Deco-Gothic beauty to Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Operating as … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 25, 1944

July 25, 1944 George Raft has always hankered after romantic parts. Time after time he has turned down “heavy” roles that have brought fame to other actors. But George has always argued that fans like romance and adventure, so it’s … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, July 24, 1944

July 24, 1944 Jennifer Jones, a quiet, 24-year-old movie newcomer, last March startled Hollywood by winning the Academy Award for her performance in “The Song of Bernadette.” In her second major movie, “Since You Went Away,” she gives another warm … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 13

Vera Caspary’s second attempt to turn “Laura” into a play, in  collaboration with George Sklar.     In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as the director of … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 24, 1944

July 24, 1944 Jeanette MacDonald’s absence from all social activities this summer is explained. She opens with the Chicago Civic Opera Co. in November and she has been studying hard with Lotte Lehman and her teacher of many years, Grace … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 23, 1944

  July 23, 1944 The conversation I had with Bing Crosby several days ago was not about the world-famous crooner, the man who is already mentioned for this year’s Oscar because of his performance in “Going My Way.” It5 was … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 12

The fur coat — all that remains of Vera Caspary’s original story “Easy Living” — lands on Jean Arthur in Preston Sturges’ script. In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian … Continue reading

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

July 22, 1944 Mr. Winkle Goes to War” has set Jack Moss in solid as a producer at Columbia – so solid that his next will be “Pal Joey.” The Broadway stage hit has nothing to do with Pal Joey … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + + )

This is the 1933 film “Girl Missing.” It opened in Los Angeles at the Warner Bros. Western Theater (now the Wiltern) on March 23, 1933, with “Untamed Africa.”

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Douglass Dumbrille, Suave Slickster

Douglass Dumbrille, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Classic Hollywood studio films employed actors with striking faces and mannerisms as recognizable character types from the 1930s to the 1960s, giving a shorthand to understanding the story as well as a way … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 18, 1944

July 18, 1944 One of the most startling medical books of recent years is “Kaiser Wakes the Doctors.” It succeeded in getting its author, Paul De Kruif, in the center of a storm with the American Medical Association. I have … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, July 17, 1944

The pretty girl in peasant clothes on this week’s cover is Anne Scott from Columbus, Ohio. Anne has been modeling ever since her graduation from Ohio State University nearly five years ago. Although she has posed for several cover sketches, … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip, by Louella Parsons, July 17, 1944

July 17, 1944 Lana Turner, as Bunny Smith, the public stenographer, is only one of the star parts in “Week-End at the Waldorf.” In the script, which Sam and Bella Spivak have just completed, there are at least eight other … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 16, 1944

July 16, 1944 Louella Parsons says: Diana Lynn, who has been everyone’s kid sister in movies on the Paramount lot, has at long last gone glamorous. The dazzling young lady with the blonde curls and the black lace form-fitting dress … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 11

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, July 15, 1944

July 15, 1944: Our women are really going places and doing big things in the movies. Just today I learned that Kay Francis reports Sept. 1 at Monogram Studios as co-producer of “Divorce.” Jeffrey Bernerd, who has done so much … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + )

This is the 1939 film “Captain Fury,” which for some mysterious reason isn’t out on DVD or VHS and is only available on the gray market.

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