Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Death of Ted Healy — Part 4

Jan 28, 1932: Betty Braun Healy sues Mary Brown Warburton for alienation of affection, via the Milwaukee Journal. The most interesting person in the whole Ted Healy drama is his first wife, Betty Braun, his former vaudeville partner. Everyone else … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 3

Dec. 23, 1937: The funeral of Ted Healy as reported by the Daily News. Today’s installment was supposed to be a look at Jack Marcus, Ted Healy’s manager. Marcus picked up Healy and took him home after he was treated … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 2

Dec. 22, 1937: Ted Healy’s death is reported in the Los Angeles Examiner. Before we get into Healy’s last days, let’s take a look at some of the people who were involved in the story. There’s Jack Marcus, his manager, … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Theatre — Business and Preservation

In passing the Los Angeles Theatre last night, I saw a notice of June 6 hearing on several business being proposed for the structure. The big question is what exactly would be done to the interior and how much the … Continue reading

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A Note on Music for Silent Films

A Blackhawk film in all its low-tech glory is for sale on EBay with bids starting at $9.99. Note the lack of a ZIP Code in the address, which would peg the film as dating from the 1950s or early … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 1

Dec. 22, 1937: Ted Healy’s death is reported in the Los Angeles Examiner. In the days leading up to his death, comedian Ted Healy had been under continuous observation  by his sister, Marcia, and manager, James Marcus, to keep him … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated +++)

Here’s our mystery chap for Monday!

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood’s Little Country Church – Emblem of Bygone Days

Throughout its history, the city of Hollywood has seen much come and go in the name of “progress.” Instead of remodeling and reusing a historic structure, as is done in Europe or the East Coast, most builders simply tear down … Continue reading

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Harold Lloyd — ‘Now or Never’

Harold Lloyd’s “Now or Never,” directed by Hal Roach and Fred Newmeyer, includes a memorable sequence in which he appears to be caught on top of a train. The final impression is stunning and we might pass it off as … Continue reading

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Women’s History — Gertrude S. Reynolds McMullen

This postcard of the Southwest Turquoise Co., 113 N. Broadway, has been listed on EBay. The shop would have been roughly across the street from the old Times Building at 1st and Broadway. Bidding on the postcard starts at $8. … Continue reading

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Harold Lloyd on Location: Santa Fe Station

John Bengston emailed the other day to mention his research on Harold Lloyd’s filming locations in conjunction with the recent Lloyd festival on TCM. John pointed out that “Safety Last” and “Cops” used the same alley. I DVR’d just about … Continue reading

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‘What Is the Jewish Experience in Los Angeles?’

My latest column is in The Times this morning. I visited the Autry National Center’s new exhibit “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” and attended a daylong symposium on some aspects of the Jewish experience in Los Angeles. Books could … Continue reading

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Anne Knudsen — Photographer

Note: Herald Examiner photographer Anne Knudsen’s sister shared this obituary with the Daily Mirror. Anne Baldwin Knudsen, 57, passed away on Mothers’ Day, May 12, following a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo — EBay Edition

An EBay vendor has posted this “mystery photo”  and is looking for help in identifying a certain “sexy, leggy” actress. Notice the code at the lower right: 1451-118. I’m sure Daily Mirror readers can help out our vendor, who thinks … Continue reading

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Dining With Jerry Lewis — Found on EBay

Longtime Daily Mirror readers may recall that Jerry Lewis briefly operated a restaurant on the Sunset Strip in the early 1960s. A menu from his business has been listed on EBay. Notice “Chili and Beans, Jerry Lewis” for $1.75. The … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Murder and Myth — Part 19

In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery — alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy — as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Murder and Myth — Part 18

In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery — alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy — as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Murder and Myth — Part 17

In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery — alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy — as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition VIII (Updated +++)

Once again, we find newsboy caps in nefarious surroundings — note the presence of a slot machine in the background. Mary Mallory sends along a glass slide from her collection. Thanks, Mary! How to Wear a Hat — Newsboy Cap … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ned Sparks — Hollywood Grouch

Ned Sparks in “George White’s 1935 Scandals.” Photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Throughout the history of film, many supporting players have functioned as the spine or safety chord upon which motion pictures have been built. Making the most of sometimes … Continue reading

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