The Times marks the end of Prohibition with a front page cartoon by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale, who quit in 1934 and went to the Examiner in a dispute over The Times’ editorial policies.
Dec. 5, 1933: With the passage of the 21st Amendment by Utah, the 18th Amendment is repealed, ending Prohibition. The Paris Inn offered lunch for 75 cents “with a big glass of wine” and the Bowery, Grand at 9th, advertised “Eastside Beer on tap.” The Times reported that WCTU speaker Justice Fidus E. Fish, 79, dropped dead after completing a speech.
Beverly Hills screenwriter Sidney Lazarus and his wife, Maud, 522 Palm Drive, are found dead in the back seat of their car, which was left running in the garage with a hose from the exhaust through the floor board and into the vehicle.
“The writer had placed his arm about his life mate and she nestled her head on his shoulder as they died,” The Times said. Authorities were alerted when Mrs. Sol Schiff, 2005 La Salle Ave., received a note. According to friends, the couple had been having health problems.
Lazarus was 43.
In the Theaters: “Roman Scandals” at Grauman’s Chinese; “Elysia” at Tally’s Criterion, Grand and 7th.
Joan Crawford and Franchot Tone deny rumors that they are engaged.
A nationwide effort targets the “itinerant unemployed” from sneaking rides on trains or hitchhiking. Los Angeles’ notorious “bum blockade” was attempted in 1936.