Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated +)

April 23, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘None Shall Escape’ Is a Powerful Look at Justice

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“None Shall Escape” in The Film Daily, 1944.


On Friday, April 27, the TCM Classic Film Festival presents the rarely screened 1944 film “None Shall Escape,” a thoughtful film ahead of its time, as relevant today as when it was produced. The first film to depict the Holocaust as well as to examine post World War II and the punishment of Nazis for their war crimes, it features an appearance by its legendary star Marsha Hunt, who has fought for justice and honor for all for decades. Sadly, it depicts many of the same hateful attitudes once again on the rise.

In 1943, Columbia Studios hired German exile writer Alfred Neumann, author of historical novels and the 1928 silent “The Patriot,” as a scriptwriter. Neumann’s writings had been banned in Germany by the Nazis, forcing him to flee to America, where he arrived in 1941. Following the maxim of writing what you know, Neumann created a story detailing the Nazis mistreatment of those it overpowered, and their ultimate punishment for it, the first to predict American victory and the triumph of good over evil. Screenwriter Lester Cole, one of the Hollywood Nine blacklisted for his beliefs, adapted the story for the screen.

Mary Mallory’s latest book, “Living With Grace: Life Lessons from America’s Princess,” will be released June 1.

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 85 — Request Line XIX

Large ImageNote: This is an encore post from 2006.

I have ceased blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” Wolfe uses the “Laura” format, in which the anonymous, butchered body is found and the narrative proceeds in flashbacks.

Now, I am taking a few requests before wrapping up the project. Today, we’ll look at Pages 277-281 at the request of Mary Pacios and then finish off Page 284. Say your prayers, because I hope to conclude the Wolfe project this week.

First: Note that the Los Angeles Police Department summary of the case, included in the district attorney’s files (recall, this book is titled “The Black Dahlia Files” rather than “What I Pasted Together From the Black Dahlia Files” or the more appropriate “Severed: 2006”) states that Elizabeth Short was:


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April 25, 1907: Man Kicks Pregnant Wife Out of House for Not Cooking Pigs’ Feet

Note: This is an encore post from 2006.

Anthony Kallan likes pigs’ feet more than he cares for his wife and proved it by kicking her out of the house because she refused to cook his favorite meal for dinner—a day before their baby was to be born.

Kallan, who lives at 66th St. and Figueroa, was charged with failing to provide for his family


PENALTY PAID
BY MOTORMAN


FLOURISHES REVOLVER AND
THREATENS CHAUFFEUR


Charles M. Fleming, a motorman in the employ of the Los Angeles Railway Company, was convicted of battery yesterday in Justice Rose’s court. Fleming was at the controller of a streetcar which collided with the automobile of W.H. Carlson at First Street and Broadway. Carlson’s three children were in the auto, which was driven by Fred Seigert.

 

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 84 — Request Line XVIII

Note: This is an encore post from 2006.

I have ceased blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” Wolfe uses the “Laura” format, in which the anonymous, butchered body is found and the narrative proceeds in flashbacks.Now, I am taking a few requests before wrapping up the project. Today, we’ll look at Pages 277-281 at the request of Mary Pacios.

The two-minute executive summary:

 

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Alexa Foreman and ‘Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor’ Premieres at the TCM Classic Film Festival

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Alexa Foreman Alexa Foreman, who was TCM’s head researcher for many years, will be featured in a Q&A session on her new movie, “Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor,” at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Blvd., on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

The movie deals with Astor’s sensational 1936 trial to regain custody of her 5-year-old daughter, Marilyn, following Astor’s divorce from Dr. Franklyn Thorpe. Seeking to show that Astor was an unfit mother, Thorpe’s attorneys released portions of the actress’ diary containing hundreds of pages of what the Los Angeles Times called  “intimate secrets concerning Miss Astor’s private life, written painstakingly in lavender ink.”

In 1952, the diary was burned page by page in a county-owned incinerator under the observation of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stanley N. Barnes, who ordered its destruction. Astor later claimed that the diary was a forgery.

The film is narrated by Lee Grant. It features interviews with Astor’s daughter, Marilyn; David Wyler, son of William Wyler, who was directing the actress in “Dodsworth” at the time of the trial; former Los Angeles Times film critic Kevin Thomas; and film historians Molly Haskell and Leonard Maltin.

It will be premiered during the TCM Classic Film Festival at 8 p.m. Friday at Club TCM at the Hollywood Roosevelt.

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 83 — Notes on L.A. Abortions in the 1940s

Note: This is an encore post from 2006.

Let’s have some fun, shall we?

Since we’re talking about abortion and abortion rings, protection, etc., here are all the news stories involving arrests or patients’ deaths in Los Angeles between 1940 and 1949 for abortions listed in the Los Angeles Times.


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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 82 — Request Line XVII

Note: This is an encore post from 2006.

I have ceased blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” Wolfe uses the “Laura” format, in which the anonymous, butchered body is found and the narrative proceeds in flashbacks.

Now, I am taking a few requests before wrapping up the project. Today, we’ll look at Pages 277-281 at the request of Mary Pacios.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Erich von Stroheim’s ‘Paprika’

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A copy of Erich von Stroheim’s “Paprika” inscribed to Hugo Ballin has been listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $875.


Note: This is an encore post from 2012.

Famed director/actor Erich von Stroheim faced financial disaster in the mid-1930s. After directing such visual powerhouses as “Foolish Wives,” “Greed,” “The Merry Widow,” “The Wedding March,” and “Queen Kelly” in the 1920s, as well as others, and sometimes stealing films in which he co-starred, the Austrian auteur couldn’t land a job. Fox had savagely re-cut and remade his 1932 film “Walking Down Broadway” and changed the title to “Hello, Sister!” Directing opportunities vanished. Von Stroheim found acting roles in low-budget/poverty row films, but found himself frozen out of big budget studio films.

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 81 — Request Line XVI

Large ImageNote: This is an encore post from 2006.

I have ceased blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” Wolfe uses the “Laura” format, in which the anonymous, butchered body is found and the narrative proceeds in flashbacks.Now, I am taking a few requests before wrapping up the project. Today, we’ll look at Pages 239-258 at the request of ColScott.

Wow, almost 20 pages. I won’t be able to do all 20, but let’s crack open “Mogul” and see what we’ve got. I believe this is the Leslie Dillon fiasco.

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 80 — Request Line XV

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Note: This is an encore post from 2006.

I have ceased blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” Wolfe uses the “Laura” format, in which the anonymous, butchered body is found and the narrative proceeds in flashbacks.

Now, I am taking a few requests before wrapping up the project. Today, we’ll look at Pages 226-227 at the request of Regular Anonymous Correspondent.

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 79 — Request Line XIV

Large ImageNote: This is an encore post from 2006.

I have ceased blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” Wolfe uses the “Laura” format, in which the anonymous, butchered body is found and the narrative proceeds in flashbacks. Now, I am taking a few requests before wrapping up the project. Today, we’ll continue with Page 219 at the request of Regular Anonymous Correspondent.

Interested parties have made inquiry as to whether I’ve heard from Wolfe regarding my little note about the faked document on Page 198. Well, “faked” is such an ugly, loaded term. Maybe I should say it has submaximized factuality. No, I haven’t.

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Black L.A. 1947: Killers Restage Deadly Robbery of Watts Liquor Store for LAPD Movie

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10952 Wilmington Ave., Watts, in 2012, as shown in Google Street View. Two two-story residences were built on the property in 2014.


L.A. Sentinel, 1947

April 17, 1947: LAPD detectives have three men reenact the killing of liquor store owner Louis de Ciodda, who was killed March 1. Although it may sound unusual, having suspects reenact crimes was a typical procedure in the 1940s.

Ultimately, five men were charged as part of ring that killed Di Ciodda, shot two LAPD officers outside the Rum Boogie Club at 1751 1/3 E. 103rd Place and robbed two taxi drivers, the Sentinel said. In August 1947, Campbell and Harrison were sentenced to death in the killing and Dabb was given a life sentence. According to the Sentinel, Di Ciodda was shot in the back during a robbery and again in the chest after he collapsed on the floor.

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 78 — Request Line XIII

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Note: This is an encore post from 2006.

I have ceased blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” Wolfe uses the “Laura” format, in which the anonymous, butchered body is found and the narrative proceeds in flashbacks. Now, I am taking a few requests before wrapping up the project. Today, we’ll continue with our examination of Page 218 at the request of Mary Pacios.

Recall that we were dissecting this paragraph. (I notice that blogger renumbered the paragraphs in transferring it from Microsoft Word. How weird. There are times when Word’s automatic formatting causes more trouble than it’s worth when it can’t guess what you want to do).

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‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’: Michelle McNamara, the Golden State Killer and a Portrait of Obsession

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I generally avoid “true” crime books, as longtime Daily Mirror readers know, but I picked up “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” at the library out of passing interest.  LADailyMirror.com gets a small but steady amount of traffic from earonsgsk.proboards.com, which is devoted to the “Golden State Killer,” previously known as the “East Area Rapist” or “Original Night Stalker,” and naturally, I have wondered why.

The post drawing the traffic is from the “Parker Center Cop Shop Files” and concerns the unsolved killings of William C. Harber and Constance Thorn in June 1976. The general view on the board seems to be that the killings are unrelated to the “EAR/ONS/GSK” attacks, and I would agree, based on what little information I have.

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 77 — Request Line XII

Large ImageNote: This is an encore post from 2006.

I have ceased blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” Wolfe uses the “Laura” format, in which the anonymous, butchered body is found and the narrative proceeds in flashbacks.Now, I am taking a few requests before wrapping up the project. Today, we’ll continue with our examination of Page 218 at the request of Mary Pacios.

I hope Wolfe doesn’t lean so heavily on Vincent A. Carter’s “Rogue Cops” today. Yesterday’s go-round was quite time-consuming. Poking holes in one bad book is hard enough; poking holes in two bad books is even worse.

Page 218

Oh, thanks a lot, Mary!

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 20th Annual Hollywood Film Noir Festival Salutes L.A.

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Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in “The Blue Dahlia,” which launched the festival. 


Dark dives, shady dames, and sleazy P.I.s populate the sordid underbelly of the sunny City of the Angels in Noir City: Hollywood, the Film Noir Foundation’s 20th anniversary Film Festival screening noir at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre now through Sunday, April 22. In honor of the occasion, all films feature major location work in and around Hollywood and the City of the Angels, highlighting such iconic structures as Los Angeles City Hall and the Hollywood Sign and preserving on film such lost treasures as Bunker Hill.

The festival has already screened such iconic films as “The Blue Dahlia” and “Kiss Me Deadly,” and the 1992 celebration of the genre, “L. A. Confidential,” featuring an appearance by the profane devil dog himself, James Ellroy. Such diverse places as Bunker Hill, Angels Flight, City Hall, Hollywood Athletic Club, Venice Pier, Westwood, and the industrial area of Hollywood played important locations and metaphors in these films.

Ticket information is available here.

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 76 — Request Line XI

Note: This is an encore post from 2006.

I have ceased blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” Wolfe uses the “Laura” format, in which the anonymous, butchered body is found and the narrative proceeds in flashbacks.

Now, I am taking a few requests before wrapping up the project. Today, we’ll continue our examination of Pages 213-215 at the request of Regular Anonymous Correspondent.

Here’s the two-minute executive summary. We caught Wolfe in a nasty bit of business, in which he faked a crucial document. In fairness, I e-mailed him and asked if he cared to defend himself. So far, he hasn’t responded. We also discovered a rather bad distortion of Los Angeles geography, and what should be an embarrassing confusion between two sets of prominent people named Murphy. Even worse, Wolfe presents himself as knowing these folks.

In all, a pretty ripe week.

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Black L.A. 1947, Jackie Robinson Joins Dodgers

 

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April 17, 1947: Jackie Robinson’s signing with the Dodgers is Page 1 news in the Sentinel….

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… And on the cover of the sports section in the Los Angeles Times – and no picture or even a Page 1 index item.

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