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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Masquers Laugh to Win, Part Three: Support From Others

The fraternal organization, the Masquers Club, founded in Hollywood in 1925 by eight actors, prided itself on love, loyalty, and support. They lived by the motto: “We Laugh to Win,” a rallying cry whenever a brother was in need. They … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Masquers Laugh to Win, Part II: Giving Support To Others

“The Bride’ “The Bride’s Bereavement or the Snake in the Grass” and “Stolen by Gypsies,” two Masquers presentations. Organized in 1925, the Masquers Club was a social/fraternal organization founded by actors but open to others in the entertainment industry. As … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Masquers Club Laughs to Win

The Masquers reliving Keystone Kops days after shooting “Stout Hearts and Willing Hands,” from left, Roscoe Arbuckle, Bobby Vernon, Ford Sterling, Chester Conklin, Clyde Cooke, Mack Swain, Jimmy Finlayson and Hank Mann. Since the beginning of time, people have joined … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Bimini Baths’ Curing Waters Heal the Soul

A postcard showing the Bimini Baths, courtesy of Mary Mallory. For centuries, those looking for healing of mental or physical ailments visited therapeutic spas and springs at such places as Bath, England, and Baden Baden in Germany. By the 1860s, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Do Something for Uncle Sam

“Do Something” via the Library of Congress. One hundred years ago on July 28, 1914, World War I erupted after Austria-Hungary fired the first shots invading Serbia in response to Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip’s shooting and killing of Archduke Franz … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: First National Building Banks On Hollywood’s Future

Hollywood First National Bank Building, Courtesy of Mary Mallory. Soaring to the skies, displaying confidence in Hollywood’s unlimited future, the First National Building, constructed and opened in 1928, brought Art Deco-Gothic beauty to Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Operating as … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Douglass Dumbrille, Suave Slickster

Douglass Dumbrille, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Classic Hollywood studio films employed actors with striking faces and mannerisms as recognizable character types from the 1930s to the 1960s, giving a shorthand to understanding the story as well as a way … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Crossword Mama, You Puzzle Me

“Cross Word Puzzle Mama, You Puzzle Me,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Recording of “Cross Word Puzzle Mama.” The 1920s were a decade of fads. Everything from mah jongg, radio, bridge, golf, solitaire and dance steps exploded into popularity before being … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland Sign Premieres November 1923

Jan. 6, 1924: The Times publishes a photo of an Oakland car that was driven up to the Hollywood sign. Note: Here’s a post from November 2013 for those who wrongly assume that the Hollywood sign was unveiled on July … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sixth Street Chocolate Shop Offers Sweet Treats

A still from “The Hope Chest,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Serving both sweet and medicinal purposes, chocolate has been served up as a special treat since at least 1900 BC and continues as a favored gift and treat today. As … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: A Little Barn Started It All

Cecil B. DeMille on the steps of the barn, which Paramount was using it as a gym, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Most visitors to the Hollywood Bowl probably don’t realize the historic significance of the little gray barn sitting … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Richard Kline, Physical Instructor to the Stars

  “Body Building With Bar Bells and Dumbbells” by Richard Kline, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $29.99. Long before the advent of personal trainers, workout gyms, weight lifting and cross-training, some movie stars worked out to get … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Preston Duncan Shoots for Artistry

Buddy Rogers, photographed by Preston Duncan. Motion picture still photography grew rapidly from the early teens through the mid-1920s, becoming the main publicity staple of Hollywood film studios. Begun merely as a record for film scenes, shot by camera operators … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Clifton’s Cafeteria Offers Food for Thought

Clifton’s Pacific Seas, 618 S. Olive St. Long before kitschy was cool and themed restaurants like tiki bars, Planet Hollywoods and Rainforest Cafes existed, downtown Los Angeles sported eclectically decorated and festive Clifton’s Cafeterias. Over the top and lavishly theatrical, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Travels World

  A still from “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” listed on EBay at $14.95. The 2014 San Francisco Silent Film Festival acts as a mini United Nations with its smorgasbord of films and accompaniment, offering a little something for every … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Crossroads of the World Welcomes All

The interior of Crossroads of the World, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Long before the Grove or Americana on Brand, the Crossroads of the World existed as a retail center replicating simpler times and more glamorous surroundings. It sprang from tragedy … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sidney Bracy: Hollywood’s No. 1 Butler

Sidney Bracy in an undated photo. Courtesy of Mary Mallory. What makes one person a star, why another languishes in tiny parts or obscurity? Is it charisma, sex appeal, luck, opportunity, that pushes them over? And what about someone who … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Medical Arts Building

Mary went on a field trip to visit the Toluca Plaza building (formerly the Medical Arts Building) for her latest post, but some of her photos got caught in my spam filter. Here they are. This is “Aunt Nell” “trying … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — 4418 Vineland Ave. Yesterday and Today

Over the decades, towns and cities undergo great change as they evolve from agrarian societies into metropolitan areas. Multi-unit residential properties, modern office buildings and skyscrapers replace older buildings and styles of architecture, now considered too old-fashioned by some. Many … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘The Epic of Everest’ Scales New Heights

An image from “The Epic of Everest,” listed on EBay for $9.99.   Britain ruled the seas and world in the early 20th century, organizing expeditions to forlorn and distant lands like the poles and Mt. Everest to show British … Continue reading

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