For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
“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.
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.
10952 Wilmington Ave., Watts, in 2012, as shown in Google Street View. Two two-story residences were built on the property in 2014.
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.
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.