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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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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Crossword Mama, You Puzzle Me

“Cross Word Puzzle Mama, You Puzzle Me,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Recording of “Cross Word Puzzle Mama.” The 1920s were a decade of fads. Everything from mah jongg, radio, bridge, golf, solitaire and dance steps exploded into popularity before being … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland Sign Premieres November 1923

Jan. 6, 1924: The Times publishes a photo of an Oakland car that was driven up to the Hollywood sign. Note: Here’s a post from November 2013 for those who wrongly assume that the Hollywood sign was unveiled on July … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sixth Street Chocolate Shop Offers Sweet Treats

A still from “The Hope Chest,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Serving both sweet and medicinal purposes, chocolate has been served up as a special treat since at least 1900 BC and continues as a favored gift and treat today. As … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: A Little Barn Started It All

Cecil B. DeMille on the steps of the barn, which Paramount was using it as a gym, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Most visitors to the Hollywood Bowl probably don’t realize the historic significance of the little gray barn sitting … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Richard Kline, Physical Instructor to the Stars

  “Body Building With Bar Bells and Dumbbells” by Richard Kline, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $29.99. Long before the advent of personal trainers, workout gyms, weight lifting and cross-training, some movie stars worked out to get … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Preston Duncan Shoots for Artistry

Buddy Rogers, photographed by Preston Duncan. Motion picture still photography grew rapidly from the early teens through the mid-1920s, becoming the main publicity staple of Hollywood film studios. Begun merely as a record for film scenes, shot by camera operators … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Clifton’s Cafeteria Offers Food for Thought

Clifton’s Pacific Seas, 618 S. Olive St. Long before kitschy was cool and themed restaurants like tiki bars, Planet Hollywoods and Rainforest Cafes existed, downtown Los Angeles sported eclectically decorated and festive Clifton’s Cafeterias. Over the top and lavishly theatrical, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Travels World

  A still from “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” listed on EBay at $14.95. The 2014 San Francisco Silent Film Festival acts as a mini United Nations with its smorgasbord of films and accompaniment, offering a little something for every … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Crossroads of the World Welcomes All

The interior of Crossroads of the World, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Long before the Grove or Americana on Brand, the Crossroads of the World existed as a retail center replicating simpler times and more glamorous surroundings. It sprang from tragedy … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sidney Bracy: Hollywood’s No. 1 Butler

Sidney Bracy in an undated photo. Courtesy of Mary Mallory. What makes one person a star, why another languishes in tiny parts or obscurity? Is it charisma, sex appeal, luck, opportunity, that pushes them over? And what about someone who … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Medical Arts Building

Mary went on a field trip to visit the Toluca Plaza building (formerly the Medical Arts Building) for her latest post, but some of her photos got caught in my spam filter. Here they are. This is “Aunt Nell” “trying … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — 4418 Vineland Ave. Yesterday and Today

Over the decades, towns and cities undergo great change as they evolve from agrarian societies into metropolitan areas. Multi-unit residential properties, modern office buildings and skyscrapers replace older buildings and styles of architecture, now considered too old-fashioned by some. Many … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘The Epic of Everest’ Scales New Heights

An image from “The Epic of Everest,” listed on EBay for $9.99.   Britain ruled the seas and world in the early 20th century, organizing expeditions to forlorn and distant lands like the poles and Mt. Everest to show British … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Too Much Johnson’ Introduces Orson Welles’ Talent

  Joseph Cotten, left, in “Too Much Johnson.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened their salute to Orson Welles Saturday, May 3, 2014, by screening the first films ever made … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Wiltern Theatre Jazzes Up Movie Theater Construction

The grand opening of what was then the Warner Western Theater, courtesy of Mary Mallory.     The history of one street corner can often show the growing pains of a burgeoning city. What started out as a rural location … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Alberto Vargas Glorifies 1940s Young American Woman

  Vargas poses with Kay Aldridge in a photo published in Cine-Mundial. “One day I will paint a Vargas girl so beautiful, so perfect, so typical of the American Girl, that I shall be able to show it to people … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Early Los Angeles Portrait Photographers Capture Life

    Garden City Foto Co. demonstrated its setup for high-angle shots in this ad from a Los Angeles city directory.  Long before topnotch stills photographers like Fred Hartsook and Albert Witzel began shooting high-end portraits, many early photographers captured … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — TCM Classic Film Festival Scores on Silent Movie Music Selection

  Carl Davis conducts a live orchestra in his score for “Why Worry?” at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Photograph by Tyler Golden / Turner Entertainment Networks. Just as the TCM Classic Film Festival offers a diverse selection of film … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — TCM Classic Film Festival Highlights the Glory Days of American Cinema

Carl Davis conducts an orchestra for “Why Worry?” at the TCM festival. Photograph by Tyler Golden / Turner Entertainment Networks.   Blending popular, timeless films with bountiful celebrity appearances, the TCM Classic Film Festival gloriously salutes the epoch of classic … Continue reading

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