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

Vera Caspary’s second attempt to turn “Laura” into a play, in  collaboration with George Sklar.     In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as the director of … Continue reading

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

The fur coat — all that remains of Vera Caspary’s original story “Easy Living” — lands on Jean Arthur in Preston Sturges’ script. In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian … Continue reading

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Books From the Slush Pile: ‘The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magon’

If I hadn’t written the posts about Los Angeles in 1907 for the 1947project in 2006, I would have never heard of Ricardo Flores Magon, who was arrested in Los Angeles, along with Librado Rivera, Antonio Villareal and L. Gutierrez … Continue reading

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

In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as the director of “Laura” to take a meandering look at the making of the film, which was released in Los … Continue reading

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

In case you just tuned in, I am using Louella Parson’s May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as the director of “Laura” to take a meandering detour into the making of the film. Most recently, we have … Continue reading

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

In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being removed as the director of “Laura” to take a long and meandering look at the making of the film. In examining Caspary’s … Continue reading

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

In case you just tuned in, I am using Louella Parson’s May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as the director of “Laura” to take a detour into the making of the film. We have looked at the … Continue reading

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‘Boom’ and Busted: Author Admits Amazon Reviews Are Fake

“Boom” for sale on Amazon. As if you didn’t already know the truth about Amazon’s “reviews.” Author Tony Horwitz writes in the New York Times. Except there didn’t seem to be a “team,” just an outside publicist who was busy … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Donald Wolfe, ‘The Black Dahlia Files’ and a Faked Document (Revisited)

Page 198 of Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files.” Someone asked about the fake a document in Donald Wolfe’s “The Black Dalia Files.” Here’s a post I wrote about it on April 14, 2006. Eight years later, I’m still … Continue reading

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People Who Write in Library Books Should Be Shot

I mean really.

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

Oh dear. Here we are at the sixth installment on the making of the film “Laura” and novelist Vera Caspary is barely out of diapers. Be assured that the actors will eventually be cast, the sets will be built, the … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — People Who Write in Library Books Should Be Shot

In researching “Laura,” I borrowed Gerald Pratley’s “The Cinema of Otto Preminger” from the Los Angeles Public Library, only to discover that some idiot had scrawled through the entire book. The individual who committed this crime spent lots of time … Continue reading

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

In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944,  item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as director of “Laura” to do a bit of digging into the production of this film noir classic – however one … Continue reading

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

  In case you just tuned in, I’m using the May 15 post by Louella Parsons on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced by Otto Preminger as director of “Laura” to spend some time examining the production of the film noir classic. … Continue reading

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

In case you just tuned in, I’m using the May 15 post by Louella Parsons on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as director of “Laura” to spend some time examining the production of the film noir classic. The previous post was … Continue reading

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

In case you just tuned in, prompted by Louella Parsons’ May 15 post that Rouben Mamoulian had asked to be released as director of “Laura” (later accounts will say that he was fired), I’m looking at the making of the … Continue reading

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Neon Mystery Photo (Updated)

Craby Joe’s may be gone, but it lives on in what rock video? (And no, this isn’t “Barfly.”) Answer: The video is … “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top (1983). Craby Joe’s appears at about the 2:15 mark.

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

The May 15, 1944, post by Louella Parsons about Rouben Mamoulian asking to be released as the director of “Laura” made me think that it would be worth taking a closer look at the production of the 20th Century-Fox film, … Continue reading

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Phlange Welder Lives Again

When the Daily Mirror was at latimes.com, I did some digging into the many adventures of “Phlange Welder,” a fictitious name that was slipped into The Times beginning in 1961. The Los Angeles Examiner had its own fictitious person, Victor … Continue reading

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Books From the Slush Pile: ‘Carsick’ by John Waters

Rejected review copies molder in bins. Avert thine eyes, aspiring authors! I have a millennial friend who thinks hitchhiking is a fine idea. Having lived through the 1970s, when thumbing a ride was considered cool, I told her about my … Continue reading

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