Category Archives: Nightclubs

1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 17, 1944

March 17, 1944: New York Newsreel Faces About Town: Capt. Clark Gable and pretty Virginia Grey. Their chums say, “This is it!” … Lovely Ann Mace, Billy Rose’s tallest showgirl. Her groom, Lt. Al Downs of Westchester, has the miseries … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 15, 1944

March 15, 1944 Man About Town Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt (newspaper row hears) is fed up with the way some syndicate clients chop her column to appease local subscribers … Drew Pearson made the identical squawk. Pearson’s beef was that some … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 11, 1944

March 11, 1944 Lint From a Blue Serge Suit Dinah Shore’s headache: Her great arranger has been drafted … Barbara Stanwyck’s next film will be her 50th. Just finished Warners’ “My Reputation.” All those long-distance calls for starlet Gail Russell … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 6, 1944

March 6, 1944 Broadway Ballad The Orchid Garden: Zanuck’s newest click, “The Purple Heart.” The author is listed as Melville Crossman. That’s Zanuck … Editorial Dept. Novelette: It happened in the city room of one of the Big Town gazettes … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ March 1, 1944

March 1, 1944 Man About Town Norma Shearer is expected to resume her screen career in the role of Katy (the mother) in “Tree Grows in Brooklyn” … Franz Werfel, author of “Song of Bernadette” (after two heart attacks), is … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 29, 1944

Feb. 29, 1944 As you may have noticed from all the gags on the radio shows, 1944 was a leap year — unlike 2014. Here’s the extra Walter Winchell column. Notes of an Innocent Bystander The First Nights: In the … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 28, 1944

Feb. 28, 1944 Man With a Press Pass in His Hat At about 8:30 the other Monday night (during a heavy rainstorm) a packed Amsterdam Avenue trolley stopped at 128th Street. The conductor got out — went to a bar … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 24, 1944

Feb. 24, 1944 Portrait of a Man Reading the Newspaper An editorial attacking the presence at Tehran of Pvt. Robert Hopkins, son of Harry Hopkins, said: “If the fathers of all the other Army privates followed Harry’s example, everybody except … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 23, 1944

Feb. 23, 1944 This is curious. The end of Winchell’s column disappears in mid-sentence from the Palm Beach paper, just as he is about to refer to a situation in Palm Beach. And take more potshots at Congress. Man About … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 22, 1944

Feb. 22, 1944 Notes of an Innocent Bystander The Magic Lanterns: Warner Bros., old hands at cinematizing the news tickers, have decided that the Free French need a little attention. Vichy being a villain made to order. They’ve got it … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 21, 1944

Feb. 21, 1944 Man With a Press Pass in His Hat Midtown Vignette: They can point him out to you at the Stork Club … His recent antics there (around cocktail time) have those-in-the-know in stitches … One of those … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 18, 1944

Feb. 18, 1944 Tales of the Town Robert Ripley’s exploiter reports that Ripley is the researcher on it … That Herr Goering’s first name, Herman, came from a Jewish doctor, Herman Eppstein, of Tyrol, Austria … Goering’s father was governor … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 16, 1944

Feb. 16, 1944 Man About Town Errol Flynn was turned down for the seventh time by the Army and Navy. He is asking the latter for special service and a waiver on physical defects … Quentin Reynolds, the war correspondent, … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 15, 1944

Feb. 15, 1944: Notes of an Innocent Bystander “The Sullivans” …  This is the movies’ memorial to the five Sullivan boys who died in the same sea action. It’s tender and moving and resists the temptation to cry too much. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Feb. 14, 1944

Feb. 14, 1944: Guess where we are! Featured movie of the week: “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek.” Courtesy of Google. The Greatest Generation puzzles over women taking jobs.

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 14, 1944

Feb. 14, 1944: Walter Winchell writes a “New York Newsreel,” a long series of vignettes of the city and its people. Here’s a sample: The church for mutes, where the pastor’s sermon is delivered with his fingers and where the … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 12, 1944

Feb. 12, 1944 New York Novelette: She was a waitress in a small Midwest hotel. Loved working there … Because her feller played in the band … One day a stranger offered her a screen test chance … She spurned … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Jan. 31, 1944

Jan. 31, 1944: The cover photo shows Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur William Tedder, G.C.B., chosen as Gen. Eisenhower’s deputy commander for the invasion of Europe. The featured movie is “Lifeboat” and Life pays a visit to the Florentine Gardens. … Continue reading

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Flo Ash — The ‘Cutest Little Nudist’ — Gets a Divorce

Jan. 26, 1944: “Flo Ash” is one of my favorite names from 1940s Los Angeles.  In 1940, she sued the Florentine Gardens and producer Nils T. Granlund over use of the nickname “Cutest Little Nudist.”

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The Whisky a Go Go Opens, Jan. 15, 1964

The Whisky a Go Go at Sunset Boulevard and Clark Street via Google Street View. Trentham Roberts, the proprietor of “The ‘60s at 50” blog, has an entry on the opening of Whisky a Go Go on Jan. 15, 1964.

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