Category Archives: Hollywood

Julian Eltinge and Trixie Friganza!

Look what we found on YouTube! It’s a brief clip that shows two of our favorites: Julian Eltinge, above, with Gloria Jean, and Trixie Friganza in “If I Had My Way.”

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What We’re Reading: The Taft Building by Roger Vincent

In case you don’t follow the Daily Mirror’s Twitter feed, here’s a story we like, by Roger Vincent, who covers commercial real estate for The Times. With great photos by the one and only Gary Friedman.

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1949 RKO thriller “Follow Me Quietly,” with William Lundigan (Friday’s mystery gent), Dorothy Patrick (Thursday’s mystery guest), Jeff Corey (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Edwin Max (Friday’s mystery guest) and Douglas Spencer (Tuesday’s mystery guest). … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The House of Westmore Beautifies Hollywood

Ann Sheridan promotes the House of Westmore. Since the 1920s, the Westmore family has served the entertainment industry as some of the greatest practitioners of makeup artistry. From leading studio makeup departments to creating unique makeup effects, the Westmores have … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1957 Twentieth Century-Fox film “A Hatful of Rain,” with Eva Marie Saint (Friday’s mystery guest), Don Murray (Thursday’s mystery guest), Anthony Franciosa (not shown), Lloyd Nolan (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Henry Silva (Tuesday’s … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Venice Miniature Railway, Tourist Attraction and Realty Estate Promotion

A postcard showing Venice’s miniature railway, courtesy of Mary Mallory. In the early 1900s, Los Angeles and environs were booming. Ballyhoo from groups like the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, railroads, the Automobile Club, realtors, and civic groups promoting Southern … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 48

“Oklahoma!” directed by Rouben Mamoulian, plays for 2,212 performances on Broadway. Let’s take a brief detour and look at what else was happening in the early 1940s that would affect the production of “Laura.” In March 1943,  Ring Lardner Jr., … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ – The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 47

Jay Dratler in a photo from the jacket of his novel “The Pitfall,” listed on EBay at $245. In his discussion of the making of “Laura” in “Behind the Scenes,” film scholar Rudy Behlmer quickly dispenses with Jay Dratler, who … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been the 1934 RKO picture “Bachelor Bait,” with Stu Erwin (Friday’s mystery guest), Rochelle Hudson (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Pert Kelton (Thursday’s mystery guest), Skeets Gallager (Friday’s mystery guest) and Burton Churchill (not shown). It … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Dale Fuller, Comic Cutup to Von Stroheim Drama Queen

Dale Fuller, Exhibitors Herald, June 24, 1922. Best remembered today for her melodramatic character parts in Erich von Stroheim films, actress Dale Fuller possessed a wide range of skills, displaying talent singing, mugging, and performing dramatic roles. Not beautiful in … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 46

Joseph “Jay” Dratler in a photo from the cover of his 1947 novel “The Pitfall,” listed on EBay at Buy It Now for $245.   Joseph “Jay” Dratler, who received the first screenwriting credit on “Laura,” is a somewhat obscure … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 45

The cover of the shooting script for “Laura,” with the names of screenwriters Jay Dratler, Ring Lardner Jr., Samuel Hoffenstein and Betty Reinhardt.  Although he did not receive credit, Jerome “Jerry” Cady rewrote the last portion of the script with … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 44

Let’s begin this series of posts on the making of “Laura” with the sale of the screen rights to Twentieth Century-Fox in June 1943 and check in with all our major figures. The Making of “Laura” Part 1 | Part … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s movie has been the 1949 film “Obsession,” or as it is sometimes known “The Hidden Room.” It was directed by Edward Dmytryk in England while he was blacklisted in Hollywood and stars Robert Newton (Friday’s mystery chap), Sally … Continue reading

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Alexa Foreman: Available for Research

Alexa Foreman, an early member of the L.A. Daily Mirror brain trust, writes that after 20 years at TCM, she is now available to do research projects. Alexa, a researcher and producer at TCM since it began in 1994,  writes … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Elks’ Temple Highlights Importance of Fraternal Organizations

The Elks Temple in an undated photo. Long a glamorous, outstanding example of Neo-Gothic Architecture and the powerful force of fraternal organizations, Los Angeles’ Elks’ Temple #99 still stands proudly at 607 S. Park View St. across from MacArthur Park. … Continue reading

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Holocaust Denial at Archive.org

“The Director of the Holocau$t – Khazar Expatriate Billy Wilder” at Archive.org.   For years, I have been looking for the early Billy Wilder film “Menschen am Sonntag.” I finally found it on Archive.org, but along with the film, I … Continue reading

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War Cancels Rose Parade, Dec. 14, 1941

Note: This is a post from 2011. Dec. 14, 1941: The Rose Parade is canceled and the Rose Bowl – between Duke and Oregon State – is moved to Durham, N.C. The streets of Pasadena were oddly quiet on New … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 43

When we watch “Laura” today, all we see is the finished film: The fluid camera work and complex lighting, the elegant production design, the fashionable costumes, the sharp dialogue and the generally first-rate performances, especially by Clifton Webb. Nothing betrays … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s movie has been the 1937 Warner Bros.’ picture “Call It a Day,” with Olivia De Havilland (Friday’s guest), Ian Hunter (not shown), Anita Louise (not shown), Alice Brady (Wednesday’s guest), Roland Young (Thursday’s guest) and Frieda Inescort (not … Continue reading

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