Monthly Archives: October 2010

Matt Weinstock, Oct. 31, 1960

    Oct. 31, 1960: Gene Barry, who swings a wicked gold-headed cane as Bat Masterson, confided at an informal discussion of the subject that he frequently prevails upon his producer to delete scenes of killing and mayhem when they … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Oct. 31, 1960

    Oct. 31, 1960: Paul Coates has a different sort of Halloween story set in a cemetery. 

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Oct. 31, 1940

        Oct. 31, 1940 –  Jimmie Fidler asks: When will the men at the helm of this industry learn a lasting lesson? When will they realize that millions of Americans still resent flippant disregard of the accepted … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo — Updated

    Here’s our weekend mystery woman!

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Nixon Aides Accuse Columnist of Campaign Smear

        Oct. 27-31, 1960: Columnist Drew Pearson reports on a $205,000 loan from Hughes Tool Co. to struggling restaurant operator Donald Nixon, the vice president’s brother. Pearson is careful to say that it’s unclear whether Hughes received … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Oct. 30, 1940

        Oct. 30, 1940: Wallace Beery has really asked ex-wife Gloria Swanson to rule his roost again — and she's giving it a ponder, Jimmie Fidler says 

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Movieland Mystery Photo — Updated

      Los Angeles Times file photo       [Updated Oct. 30, 8:58 a.m. Yes, these are more photos from the William Desmond Taylor photo file. Above, a photo of Taylor from “Iconoclast.”]     [Several people have … Continue reading

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Art Exhibit Features Paul Revere Williams

      Los Angeles Times file photo   The Art Museum at the University of Memphis has opened an exhibition on the works of Los Angeles architect Paul Revere Williams, above left, with champion prizefighter Joe Louis in 1960. … Continue reading

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Fleeing Cubans Force Airliner to U.S., Oct. 29, 1960

    Oct. 29, 1960: ONLY IN ARCADIA — Mrs. Mae McClain hides these days when the garbage man comes by. Her husband recently caught a big shark off Catalina and brought it home to show the children. It was … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Oct. 29, 1940

        Oct. 29, 1940: Frank Morgan is overhauling his yacht for a repeat Alaskan jaunt, come spring, Jimmie Fidler says.

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Pages of History

    Longtime reader Jenny Lerew mentioned this recipe in a recent comment about “What Actors Eat When They Eat!” so I thought I would share it. Also on the jump, Jimmie Fidler’s recipe for Boston baked beans. Wot’s this? … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Oct. 28, 1960

    Oct. 28, 1960: ONLY IN L.A. — Another bus became lost in the big city Tuesday. It was a Beverly Boulevard express which is supposed to turn on Vermont Avenue and take the Hollywood Freeway downtown. Somehow the … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Oct. 28, 1960

    Oct. 28, 1960: Paul Coates gets an anonymous letter about teenage violence. “I was born in what you'd call the slums, I guess, but at the age of 10 I moved to a better neighborhood. Still, it's not … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Oct. 28, 1941

        Oct. 28, 1941: Did no one note the passing of the widow of once-famous star Harold Lockwood? She'd been working as a studio wardrobe woman, Jimmie Fidler says.

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L.A. Archives Bazaar

      Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times   The fifth annual L.A. Archives Bazaar on Saturday at USC’s Doheny Library. I had the pleasure of being on one of the panels at the annual L.A. Archives … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Oct. 27, 1960

    Oct 27, 1960: Matt Weinstock weighs in on Ben Hecht’s discredited claims that Paul Bern’s suicide was a “whitewash.” CONFIDENTIAL TO IGNORANT AND ASHAMED: Your question is one that troubles many people … and it is nothing to … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Oct. 27, 1960

      Oct. 27, 1960: Paul Coates digs into his mailbox and finds “Johnny Grant was once a stunt car driver … and Dick Whittinghill sang with the Pied Pipers.” Notice: Art Pepper is arrested for possession of heroin.

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Oct. 27, 1941

        Oct. 27, 1941: Already-rich Robert Stack is piling up more as prexy of a water heater factory supplying Army camps, Jimmie Fidler says.

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Death Threats Sent to Grand Jury Investigating Times Bombing

            Oct. 27-28, 1910: Threatening letters are sent to five members of the Los Angeles County Grand Jury investigating The Times bombing – or were they? The foreman of the grand jury tells the Herald … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Oct. 26, 1960

    Oct. 26, 1960: Matt Weinstock says, “When he receives a letter with the stamp cancellation ‘Report Obscene Mail to Your Postmaster,’ a troublemaker I know mails it back to the postmaster with the note, ‘What — and spoil … Continue reading

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