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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 32

  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 … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Sept. 18, 1944

Sept. 18, 1944 After spending Labor Day in Pawling, Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey drove to New York for conferences with John Foster Dulles, his adviser on foreign affairs, and Herbert Brownell, Republican National Committee chairman. The next day, on … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 18, 1944

Sept. 18, 1944 Walter Winchell and Danton Walker refer to the Aug. 5 fight between Jon Hall and Tommy Dorsey in the so-called Battle of the Balcony at Dorsey’s apartment on the Sunset Strip. Walter Winchell says: Norma Shearer is … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 31

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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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 17, 1944

Sept. 17, 1944 Bestsellers: “Green Dolphin Street,” “Leave Her to Heaven,” “History of Rome Hanks,” “Strange Fruit,” “I Never Left Home,” “The Time for Decision,” “Yankee From Olympus,” “Anna and the King of Siam” and “Invasion!” Louella Parsons says: All … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 30

New York critic, columnist and radio pundit Alexander Woollcott makes an endorsement for Pullman in 1940. Courtesy of the Illinois Digital Archives. In Vera Caspary’s novel “Laura,” New York columnist Waldo Lydecker endorses the Byron pen, renamed the “Wallace Flow-Rite … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 16, 1944

Sept. 16, 1944 Danton Walker says: Frank Sinatra’s father has just been made chief of the Fire Department of Hoboken, N.J., in case you care. Louella Parsons says: A scout in New York telegraphed that Sidney Kingsley, the playwright, has … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + +)

And for Monday, we have a mystery gent with a bow tie.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘What Happened to Mary’ Introduces Cross-Promotions

  “What Happened to Mary” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Distinct and beautiful advertising often sells products better than the actual item, its story or its usefulness. Early film, music and book publishing companies quickly realized the value of beautiful hand-drawn … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Jazzes Up Fall

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival spices up the fall with a presentation of silent films Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the glorious Art Deco Castro Theatre for its Autumn Film Festival. The one-day event highlights the glories of what … Continue reading

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Wife Stabs Venice Man to Death, Sept. 12, 1944

Sept. 12, 1944 Charles Holdren, 45, lived at 1515 Trolleyway, Venice, with his wife, Ellen, and daughters from a previous marriage: Virginia, 20, Peggy, 18, and Lois, 13. He worked as a fish cutter and after Charles and Ellen had … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 12, 1944

Sept. 12, 1944 Danton Walker says: Huge orders for railroad cars, motors, trucks, etc., have already arrived here from France, first indication of U.S. industry’s bite of postwar business. Louella Parsons says: Hunt Stromberg’s plan to make “Blood and Guts” … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 11, 1944

Sept. 11, 1944 You needn’t be surprised if you find Mervyn LeRoy producing pictures in Bulgaria, setting up shop in Italy or moving into France. Mervyn has formed an independent producing company to be known as the Arrowhead Productions. When … Continue reading

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TCM Viewer Poll: What Is Your Favorite Tribute?

So after bashing Melanie Griffith’s annoying tribute to Jean Harlow, I thought I would ask the Brain Trust: What’s your favorite? As far as I can tell, there is no complete list of TCM tributes (not even on Wikipedia!), so … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 29

The famous portrait of Laura Hunt in “Laura” by the fictional artist Stuart Jacoby. For the film, a large photo of Gene Tierney was heavily retouched to appear to be a painting. In case you just tuned in, I’m using … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 10, 1944

Sept. 10, 1944 The influence of Andre de Toth, the director, has been very important in the life of Veronica Lake. She is no longer the girl who doesn’t care. She cares very much now what people think of her, … Continue reading

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Dear TCM

Dear TCM: Once again, you are airing Melanie Griffith’s “tribute” to Jean Harlow, which is dreadful in every way. I suppose it seemed like a good concept to have a “modern” (well sort of) blond bombshell discuss Harlow. But it … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 28

Detective Mark McPherson, played by Dana Andrews in the film version of “Laura.” 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 … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Why Be Good?’ Celebrates the Jazz Age

  “I’m Thirsty for Kisses” from “Why Be Good?” listed on EBay at $8.49. A pulsating, dynamic salute to the jazz-mad, anything goes generation, the restored Colleen Moore feature, “Why Be Good?” features entertaining performances and gorgeous design set to … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 9, 1944

Sept. 9, 1944 Danton Walker says: Jackie Gleason (“Follow the Girls”), who originally got his start in burlesque, will play the role of a press agent for a burlesque company in his first picture for 20th Century-Fox. Louella Parsons says: … Continue reading

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