June 27, 1942: James D. Hannah liked orchids. He liked them so much that he usually gave several of them to his girlfriends to put in their hair, a habit that led to his arrest when robbery victim Elva Sieburg identified him from a mug shot.
Sieburg told police that Hannah was the man who held up the Postal Telegraph office at Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue. Unfortunately, The Times failed to follow up on the tale of the orchid bandit, although a photographer managed to take a very strange picture of him with several alleged victims.
Hedda Hopper has an amusing tale — possibly true– of Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland going bowling in Monterey, Calif., during a vacation in Carmel.
Jessie Beck, ex-commissary girl at Metro, wrote “Other People.” It’s a candid view of the screen great from a waitress’ angle, Hopper says.
“Orchid Bandit” James Hannah and his alleged victims in one of the more bizarre news photos I have seen in a long time.