Category Archives: Hollywood

Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 25

Oct. 19, 1944: Los Angeles Herald-Express   Before trying to theorize about what might have happened on the night of the killing, let’s sum up everything we know about our victim, Georgette Bauerdorf, and then take a look at what … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 24

The front door of the Bauerdorf apartment, photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. In the previous post, we examined the scenario about the light fixture in the entryway to the Bauerdorf apartment. At the time of the killing, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + +)

And for Monday, we have a mystery woman in your standard mirror shot.

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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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L.A. Becomes New York: ‘Three on a Match’ (1932)

After I posted a photo of Ann Dvorak’s Duesenberg in the 1932 film “Three on a Match,” John Bengtson noted that the school scenes were filmed at Los Angeles High School on Fort Moore Hill. “Three on a Match” is, … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 23

A photo (possibly hand-tinted)  of Georgette Bauerdorf, National Police Gazette, August 1946, courtesy of Steven Bibb.  And now we enter the realm of speculation in the Georgette Bauerdorf case. We have looked at all the evidence as it was reported … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 22

Georgette Bauerdorf in a photograph courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. So far in our examination of the Georgette Bauerdorf killing, we have looked at almost every aspect except the way the investigation was conducted. Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 21

Henry James Lynch, a plumber who was found in the basement of El Palacio Apartments, explained that he could do a better job than the police in investigating the Georgette Bauerdorf killing, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. As … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

I thought it would be fun to do a British film for a change. This is the 1937 movie “Fire Over England,” with Sir Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, Leslie Banks, Vivien Leigh, Raymond Massey, Tamara Desni and Morton Selten. Based … 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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On Location in Downtown Los Angeles — 1930

“For the Defense” is one of the old Paramount films now controlled by Universal. As part of its pre-code marathon, TCM recently aired “For the Defense,” a 1930 Paramount film starring William Powell and Kay Francis.

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 20

An unidentified woman demonstrates how someone disabled the light fixture in the entryway to the Bauerdorf apartment, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. I wondered whether this was Aggie Underwood because it is a Herald-Express picture and Herald reporters … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 19

Oct. 20, 1944: Capt. Garner Brown examines the fabric used to strangle Georgette Bauerdorf, Daily News. One of the more unusual aspects of the Georgette Bauerdorf killing was the fabric the killer shoved about four inches down her throat. Georgette … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 18

    This Google map shows several possible routes from Georgette Bauerdorf’s apartment to the location where the car was found. Whoever took the car had any number of options on where to dump it. Recall that the car, a … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the Twentieth Century-Fox CinemaScope production of “Garden of Evil,” with Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward and Richard Widmark. The 1954 film was written by Frank Fenton, based on a story by Fred Freiberger and William … 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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Time to Turn the Clocks Back!

On behalf of the L.A. Daily Mirror, Pier Angeli and little friend remind you that Daylight Saving Time is o-ver. Or as William Safire used to say: “Fall is the time of year that conservatives like best because they get … Continue reading

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An (In)complete List of TCM Tributes (Updated)

Here’s an updated list of TCM tributes. (Nov. 1, 2014: Adds John Cleese on W.C. Fields, Jamie Leigh Curtis on Janet Leigh, Naked and Famous rock video of Joan Crawford; adds writer/editor and production company credits for Guillotine Post) (Nov. … 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.) Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | … Continue reading

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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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