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Books From the Slush Pile: ‘River of Angels,’ by Alejandro Morales

The reject pile! Aspiring authors, avert thine eyes! In case you just tuned in, this is one of the books I retrieved from the piles of review copies put out for the staff. I’m not familiar with Alejandro Morales, a … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Lily DuTertre and Wikipedia

Unless you prowl the outer fringes of the publishing industry, you may have never heard of Lily DuTertre, who is an avid compiler of “high quality Wikipedia articles” into books. Like this one on unsolved murders, selling for $26.68.

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Books From the Slush Pile: ‘Kitty Genovese’ by Catherine Pelonero

The reject pile! Aspiring authors, avert thine eyes! This is a sample of review copies that are cast aside in bins to be rummaged through by the staff. Usually they are contemporary genre fiction (“50 Shades of Stealing Maps for … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Not for Young Readers

Imagine my surprise to find this little gem floating around on the Internet, and I see that I’m a couple of years late. According to Amazon, it’s a 2011 account of the Black Dahlia case for middle school students, although … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘I Hate Actors’ by Ben Hecht

April 1, 1944 This is the article by Ben Hecht mentioned in Sidney Skolsky’s column. If you’re patient, you can dig it out of the files at unz.org. It starts on Page 24 and continues to Page 43 and you’ll … Continue reading

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Books From the Slush Pile: ‘Charlie Chaplin, Director’

The reject pile! Aspiring authors, avert thine eyes! This is a sample of review copies that are cast aside in bins to be rummaged through by the staff. Usually they are contemporary genre fiction (“50 Shades of Stealing Maps for … 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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‘The Fountainhead’ Comics

Here’s a little sample of what I found while going through the Police Commission and Police Department materials from the 1940s at the city archives. Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”  was serialized and accompanied by these illustrations by Frank Godwin.

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1944 in Print — ‘Amazing Stories,’ March 1944

March 1944: “Amazing Stories,” featuring “It’s a Small World” by Robert Bloch. courtesy of Archive.org.

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices — David Lewis, Part 3

There was one wonderful scene, not in the book, that Casey wrote. It contained scraps of things from the book, but it became one of the finest love scenes l ever saw in any film. It takes place on a … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices — David Lewis, Part 2

When we were ready to start the script, Casey, his wife Audrey, and I went to the Phoenix Biltmore to get away for a few days and start conferences on the script. But we had only been there three or … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices — David Lewis, Part 1

David Lewis, courtesy of James Curtis. Editor’s note: The Daily Mirror is pleased to present an excerpt from James Curtis’ 1993 book “The Creative Producer,” a fascinating memoir by David Lewis, edited by Curtis.  It seemed timely to run the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: ‘I Killed the Black Dahlia’

Just when I thought I had seen every sort of lunacy that’s possible about the Black Dahlia case, I found this in my local paper yesterday. Did someone finally confess to the “grusome” murder? Look! It’s a saga of “explotation!” … Continue reading

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No Carole Lombard Death Photos Here or Anywhere Else!

No Google search drives more traffic to the L.A. Daily Mirror than some permutation of “Carole Lombard Death Scene” or “Carole Lombard’s Head” or “Carole Lombard Decapitated” or “Did They Ever Find Carole Lombard’s Wedding Ring?” And as I have … Continue reading

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Fact-Checking ‘City of Nets’ — Uh-Oh

Back in the 1990s, when I began scrounging and scouring for everything I could find on Los Angeles in the 1940s in my research on the Black Dahlia case, I got a copy of Otto Friedrich’s 1986 book “City of … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Daily Mirror Newsstand, Jan. 15, 1944

Top songs on the Hit Parade. No wonder all the radio shows are talking about “Paper Doll” and “Shoo-Shoo, Baby.” Via Billboard. Jan. 15, 1944 It’s Saturday in 1944 and therefore we have a new issue of the Saturday Review … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — The Daily Mirror Newsstand, Jan. 8, 1944

Jan. 8, 1944: This issue has reviews of Gene Fowler’s biography of John Barrymore, “Good Night Sweet Prince” and James Thurber’s “Men, Women and Dogs.”  Also: Collier’s Weekly, Jan. 8, 1944 Courtesy of Unz.org

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Coming Attractions — Mark A. Vieira on Hollywood Photographer George Hurrell

I had the great good fortune of spending several hours Saturday with Mark A. Vieira, a regular commenter on the mystery photos and author of several books, including the current release “George Hurrell’s Hollywood.” I will post more about our … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — The L.A. Daily Mirror Newsstand, January 1944

January 1944 Weird Tales, for sale on EBay at $49.99. I had so much fun adding radio broadcasts for Christmas 1943 that I thought I would add radio shows throughout the year, on the days that they aired in 1944 … Continue reading

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Nothing Says ‘I Love You’ Like Hollywood Deaths and Scandals

I found this inscription last night at the Last Book Store in a copy of “Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites” by our old nonsense-slinging friend E.J. Fleming of “Wallace Beery beat Ted Healy to death in the parking lot of … Continue reading

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