Monthly Archives: June 2013

L.A. County Jail’s New Piano Should Be an Instrument of Torture!

Jun2 28, 1921: Mrs. K.T. Lindy of Inglewood thinks jails are for punishment. Now that someone has given women prisoners a piano, she hopes they have to practice chromatic scales and not that evil jazz! Lindy says: “I hope this … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Silent Film Festivals, Then And Now

  Northern California plays host to two wonderful silent film festivals in the next few weeks, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum’s Bronco Billy Silent Film Festival, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Both celebrate the art of silent … Continue reading

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C.C. Pierce — Found on EBay

C.C. Pierce, one of our favorite photographers, not only sold photos and glass lantern slides – he also produced postcards, like this one, which has been listed on EBay. It’s listed as Buy It Now for $5.99.

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Teen Convicted in Bloody Killing of Girl, 12

June 27, 1943: The “Greatest Generation” isn’t getting enough “bulk.” Let’s rename Bunker Hill as Angels’ Terrace. Or not. The Courtemanche family lived in the old Sepulveda place at 751 N. Palos Verdes St., on a hill above the Wilmington-San … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Stands in for London

Spring Street and 4th in downtown Los Angeles is one of the most popular film locations in the city. It recently stood in for New York, complete with an NYC bus and a subway entrance. Last night, we had the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia — L.A. Magazine Gets It Wrong

The Black Dahlia crime scene in Leimert Park gets a visit from Denise Hamilton for Los Angeles magazine. Los Angeles magazine does its “first-ever” crime issue. I’m curious about several statements (Did Harold Lloyd really cling to the “Italianate columns” … Continue reading

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Stonewall Jackson Dies! Los Angeles Star, June 20, 1863

The Los Angeles Star, from the Huntington Library and scanned by USC, is available on USC’s website. June 20, 1863: The Star, a strong advocate for the Confederacy, puts the Richmond Whig’s account of Stonewall Jackson’s death on the front … Continue reading

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

The opening credits for our mystery film have … newsboy caps! How to Wear a Hat — Newsboy Cap Edition How to Wear a Hat — ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Edition Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition I Movieland Mystery … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Ivan Mosjoukine, the Man With the Piercing Eyes

Ivan Mosjoukine, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Not as well known as other silent film stars like Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Buster Keaton or Rudolph Valentino, the recently rediscovered Russian motion picture actor Ivan Mosjoukine ranks among the greats for his … Continue reading

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Einar Petersen Mural From the Rosslyn Hotel — Found on EBay

An Einar Petersen mural from the Rosslyn Hotel. A vendor on EBay has listed what is apparently one of Einar Petersen’s long-lost murals from the Rosslyn Hotel — in rather sorry condition. The price is Buy It Now for $5,000. … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 15

Dec. 28, 1937: Betty Braun Healy meets with Dist. Atty. Buron Fitts over her allegations about the death of Ted Healy. At the conclusion of the conference, she agreed that Healy had died of natural causes. (Los Angeles Examiner, Dec. … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 14

Dec. 28, 1937: Dist. Atty. Buron Fitts has a conference with Betty Braun Healy and her attorney to answer her allegations about Ted Healy’s death. (Los Angeles Herald-Express) In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 13

Dec. 24. 1937: Betty Braun Healy disputes the autopsy results in the death of Ted Healy. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 12

Dec. 23, 1937: Ted Healy’s funeral, as reported in the Daily News. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a Wikipedia entry claiming that … Continue reading

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Research by Mary Mallory

Dear friends, By now you are familiar with the writing and research abilities of Mary Mallory (not to mention her skill at identifying mystery guests!) I occasionally receive requests for help with research and I am pleased to say that … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated ++++ )

Here’s Monday’s mystery photo.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The city of Pasadena will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the gorgeous Colorado Street Bridge on Saturday, June 22, 2013, one of the outstanding historic cultural monuments of the city. Built to serve a basic utilitarian purpose, the bridge … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo – Clara Bow Edition

What really got me wondering about “It” is the mystery department store. We have seen that the “The Public Enemy” and “Employees’ Entrance” used the May Co. Let’s take a look.

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Movieland Mystery Photo – DTLA Edition (Updated +)

What is the mystery downtown Los Angeles landmark in this mystery film? Update: OK… Everybody (nearly) has recognized this building. It’s a landmark. Now… What is the movie? C’mon silent film fans!

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 11

Dec. 25, 1937: Ted Healy “never learned to save money.” (Los Angeles Examiner) In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a Wikipedia entry claiming … Continue reading

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