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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

“Sherlock Holmes” starring William Gillette, courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Conceived by Melissa Chittick and Stephen Salmons as a way to share the beauty of early cinema with the world, The San Francisco Silent Film Festival celebrates … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Griffith Observatory Celebrates 80 Years of Reaching for the Stars

The cover of an undated brochure about Griffith Observatory, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Originally a dream of Los Angeles benefactor and convicted murderer “Colonel” Griffith J. Griffith, Griffith Observatory now stands as one of the city’s preeminent … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Colleen Moore’s Dollhouse Supports Children’s Charities

Colleen Moore’s doll house in a frame grab from CBS “Sunday Morning.” From the beginning of time, people have been collectors. Objects as diverse as paintings, stamps, shells, rocks, postcards, photographs, baseballs, or even furniture have been compiled for the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: L.J. Burrud: Hollywoodland Publicity Man and Western Adventurer

Jan. 6, 1924: The Times publishes a photo of an Oakland car that was driven up to the Hollywood sign. Southern California and Los Angeles exploded into the public zeitgeist thanks to imaginative advertising and publicity from area supporters and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood’s Pig’n Whistle Draws Film Fans

A souvenir postcard for the Pig’n Whistle, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Famous for decades as an upscale destination for sweet treats and light bites, Hollywood Blvd.’s Pig’n Whistle soda fountain and candy shop featured elegant surroundings and lighthearted family atmosphere, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ravished Armenia and the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

  A still from “Auction of Souls,” in the Washington Times. For more than 120 years, Armenians have seen slaughter and death at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and the Turks. In 1894, Sultan Abdul-Hamid II ordered the first … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Woman’s Club of Hollywood Celebrates 110 Years

  Community beautifier, social service agent, educator, historian, and protector, the Woman’s Club of Hollywood has served its community for 110 years, working to make Hollywood a better place. Following the dictums of the City Beautiful movement, the organization worked … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Fred Archer, Master of Artistic Photography

  Joan Bennett photographed by Fred Archer, Modern Screen Magazine. As stillsmen Elmer Fryer and Fred Archer wrote in the 1928 article for “Transactions of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers,” “In the advertising field, the still picture is used … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Film Festival Screens the Classics

For the sixth straight year, the TCM Classic Film Festival has delighted fans of Golden Age cinema from around the world. Based in the film lovers’ paradise of Hollywood, California, the 2015 Festival, based on the theme, “History According to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Norvell, Astrologer to the Stars

  Novell and Hedy Lamarr in Screenland. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines astrology as “the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their positions and aspects.” For thousands of years, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Houdini’s ‘The Grim Game’ Scares Up Thrills

Harry Houdini in “The Grim Game.”   Long considered mostly lost, Harry Houdini’s second film, “The Grim Game,” re-premieres in its entirety Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the TCM Classic Film Festival, 96 years after it was released. A suspense … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Second Universal City Celebrates Its Centennial

Universal City in the Washington Times, Feb. 10, 1915. In an age where businesses come and go, bought up by larger competitors or going under due to bad financial decisions, finding one in business for decades and at the same … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Japanese Gardens Bring Serenity to Los Angeles

A postcard showing a Japanese garden at the Huntington Hotel, courtesy of Mary Mallory.   Throughout its history, Los Angeles has been blessed with an abundance of beautiful parks and gardens in which to relax. In the early twentieth century, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: George E. Stone, Hollywood’s Two-Bit Hood

George E. Stone in a photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Velvet Smith, Sparrow, Slinky, Dippy, Johnnie the Shark, Spats, Tough Tony, Ropes, McGonigle, Toothpick Charlie: just a few of the wise guy characters that made diminutive character actor George E. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘The Road Is Open Again’ Promotes Optimism

  “The Road Is Open Again,” via YouTube.   In times of adversity and challenge, catchy songs or phrases have captured Americans’ imaginations, rallying spirits and action. Though written in 1929, the tune, “Happy Days Are Here Again,” was first … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Alex Kahle Shoots the Angles

Virginia Bruce, courtesy of Mary Mallory. When most people think of motion picture stills photographers, they think of such renowned portraitists as George Hurrell, Ruth Harriet Louise, Clarence Sinclair Bull, and Eugene Richee, who created the glamour and iconography of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Studio City Nightclubs Jazz Up San Fernando Valley

The Zomba Cafe in “The Loved One,” about the 1:38 mark. Thanks to its geographic location and its proximity to entertainment industry businesses, Studio City has served as the home for eclectic restaurants and nightclubs providing a variety of amusement … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Marc McDermott, Man of Dignity

Marc “MacDermott” on the cover of Motion Picture News. Cultured and dignified whether playing lecherous aristocrats or burdened family men, Marc McDermott and his subtle acting drew accolades from critics and the public throughout his almost twenty year film career. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The House of Westmore Beautifies Hollywood

Ann Sheridan promotes the House of Westmore. Since the 1920s, the Westmore family has served the entertainment industry as some of the greatest practitioners of makeup artistry. From leading studio makeup departments to creating unique makeup effects, the Westmores have … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Venice Miniature Railway, Tourist Attraction and Realty Estate Promotion

A postcard showing Venice’s miniature railway, courtesy of Mary Mallory. In the early 1900s, Los Angeles and environs were booming. Ballyhoo from groups like the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, railroads, the Automobile Club, realtors, and civic groups promoting Southern … Continue reading

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