Category Archives: Hollywood

An (In)complete List of TCM Tributes

Here’s an updated list of TCM tributes. Please let me know if I have missed one. Prince Albert of Monaco on Grace Kelly Anonymous on June Allyson Anonymous on Mary Astor Anonymous on Robert Benchley Anonymous on Audie Murphy Anonymous … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 17

The Herald-Express described the neighborhood where the killer abandoned the Bauerdorf car as “a Negro residential district.” (Oct. 13, 1944.)

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 16

Deputies Garner Brown, left, and John Schilling examine the Bauerdorf car for fingerprints, Los Angeles Examiner, Oct. 13, 1944. When Georgette Bauerdorf’s body was discovered, investigators were unable to locate her car, a 1936 Oldsmobile coupe belonging to her sister. … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 15

Sheriff’s investigators examine Connie Bauerdorf’s 1936 Oldsmobile, which was being used by Georgette Bauerdorf and disappeared after the killing, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.   One of the mysteries confronting investigators in the Georgette Bauerdorf case was what … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + )

  And for Monday, our mystery lady is on the phone.

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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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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 14

Georgette Bauerdorf in an undated photo, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.   The life of a diligent researcher would be much easier if one of the Los Angeles newspapers had published details from the coroner’s inquest in the … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 13

Georgette Bauerdorf at the wheel of a Jeep at Camp Pendleton in an undated photo, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. The final hours of Georgette Bauerdorf’s life remain something of a mystery. On Oct. 11, 1944, Georgette departed … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 12

The Hollywood Canteen as portrayed in the 1944 film “Hollywood Canteen.” And being a movie, this is a set, not the actual canteen. For comparison, here’s an undated snapshot of the actual canteen. Notice that there’s no awning and no … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 11

Georgette Bauerdorf, left, George F. Bauerdorf and Constance Ann “Connie” Bauerdorf Dillon in an undated photo, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. Although Georgette Bauerdorf, 20, was living by herself in the apartment at El Palacio, 8493 Fountain Ave., … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo — B.J. Merholz Edition (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been the 1942 Paramount film “Lucky Jordan,” starring Alan Ladd, Helen Walker, future TV producer Sheldon Leonard, Mabel Paige, Marie McDonald and Russell Hoyt. Anthony Caruso, better known for Star Trek’s “A Piece of … 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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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 10

Georgette Bauerdorf arm in arm with two servicemen, published in the Daily News, Oct. 16, 1944.     Georgette Bauerdorf, 20, had been living alone in an apartment at El Palacio, 8493 Fountain Ave., since Aug. 28, 1944, when her … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 9

A portrait of Georgette Bauerdorf published in the Daily News, Oct. 13, 1944. It’s unclear from news reports whether Georgette Bauerdorf was pursuing any further education after apparently graduating from the Westlake School for Girls. Several stories in the Los … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 8

The Herald-Examiner published a photo of Georgette Bauerdorf with a question mark, one of its visual cliches of the 1940s, Oct. 13, 1944. The investigation revealed that the young woman found face-down in the bathtub at 8493 Fountain Ave., was … Continue reading

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

Oct. 14, 1944: Danton Walker says: David Sarnoff, RCA president, predicts a television gadget that will be worn on the wrist but contains a practical television screen. Louella Parsons says: Constance Moore and Dennis O’Keefe report next week for “The … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been “Badlands” (1973), written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek and Warren Oates. I generally avoid more recent films, figuring that they are too easy, but realized that 41 years … 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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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 6

El Palacio Apartments, 8491 Fountain Ave., in a photo from the Los Angeles Herald-Express, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. El Palacio in 2008, as shown by Google Street View. Los Angeles Times, May 10, 1931: El Palacio is … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 10, 1944

Oct. 10, 1944 Walter Winchell: All Around the Town The Waldorf’s special entrance for private railroad cars … Ramshackle Lower East Side apartments without any bathing facilities – in the world’s most modern city .. The 22 reservoirs that supply … Continue reading

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