Monthly Archives: January 2014

1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Jan. 31, 1944

Jan. 31, 1944: The cover photo shows Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur William Tedder, G.C.B., chosen as Gen. Eisenhower’s deputy commander for the invasion of Europe. The featured movie is “Lifeboat” and Life pays a visit to the Florentine Gardens. … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Random Harvest’ on ‘Lux Radio Theater,’ Jan. 31, 1944

Jan. 31, 1944 Today we have: —“Random Harvest” with Ronald Colman and Greer Garson on Lux Radio Theater. Courtesy of Archive.org.

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1944 on the Radio — ‘The Jack Benny Show,’ Jan. 30, 1944

Jan. 30, 1944 It’s a Sunday in 1944 and today we have: — “Marjorie the Actress” on “The Great Gildersleeve,” starring Harold Peary. Courtesy of Archive.org. —Mark Hellinger is the guest on a program promoting “The Horn Blows at Midnight” … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia and the Cecil Hotel — Another Good Story Ruined

I don’t know how this nonsense gets started. There is nothing to show that Elizabeth Short ever set foot in the Cecil Hotel, as claimed by KABC-TV Channel 7.

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The Oviatt Tie

Leave it to Marc Chevalier to come up with this. Marc took the image of one of the glass panels from the Oviatt Building and turned it into a custom necktie, via Zazzle. The tie is $29.95. You can even … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Nick Carter, Master Detective,’ Jan. 29, 1944

Jan. 29, 1944 It’s Saturday in 1944 and today we have — “The Unwilling Accomplice” on “Nick Carter, Master Detective.” Courtesy of Archive.org

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Sinatra Makes Film Debut, Jan. 29, 1944

Jan. 29, 1944: The Times reports Frank Sinatra’s film debut in “Higher and Higher”: A generous quota of young girls attended the first showings and their ecstatic whinnyings recorded each and every appearance of their hero. In one house, at … Continue reading

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A Pete Seeger Song Bag

Here’s a few Pete Seeger songs I pulled together in his memory. “Frankie and Johnny” sung by Pete Seeger. Courtesy of Archive.org. “John Henry” with Big Bill Broonzy and Pete Seeger. Courtesy of Archive.org. “Pete Seeger Marathon” from 1969. Courtesy … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Los Angeles — The Melrose

March 9, 1936: Times artist Charles Owens and columnist Timothy Turner visit the Melrose tourist hotel on Grand between 1st and 2nd streets, which was connected to the old Rowan mansion. Turner paints wonderful portraits of life in Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Concrete Ideas on Architecture in Pasadena

After watching a crew build the forms and a couple of cement trucks pouring the concrete, I finally saw the completed concrete house at 747 S. Los Robles Ave. in Pasadena. Unfortunately, it’s not clear who designed the house. And … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

And for Monday, we have a mystery gent. Update: One of the many things that is notable about Akira Kurosawa’s “I Live in Fear” (1955) is how much the actors disappear into their characters. Burt Lancaster, for all his talent, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — The Gibbons-Del Rio House: Like Stepping Into a Dream

The Cedric Gibbons home, via Google Street View. Celebrity has often been the cachet for creating style, fashion and cultural trends, especially with the advent of films. Stars wearing a particular designer’s couture, driving a certain car, or a female … Continue reading

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Flo Ash — The ‘Cutest Little Nudist’ — Gets a Divorce

Jan. 26, 1944: “Flo Ash” is one of my favorite names from 1940s Los Angeles.  In 1940, she sued the Florentine Gardens and producer Nils T. Granlund over use of the nickname “Cutest Little Nudist.”

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Orson Welles’ Almanac,’ Jan. 26, 1944

Jan. 26, 1944 It’s Wednesday in 1944 and today we have: — “The Adventures of Mr. and Mrs. North,” sponsored by Woodbury’s Facial Soap, for “the skin you love to touch.” Courtesy of Archive.org. — Groucho Marx on the first … Continue reading

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World War II on the Radio — Fighting at Anzio, Jan. 26, 1944

Jan. 26, 1944: A brief BBC excerpt, courtesy of Archive.org.

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Fibber McGee and Molly’ and ‘Duffy’s Tavern,’ Jan. 25, 1944

Jan. 25, 1944 It’s Tuesday in 1944 and today we have: — “The Adventures of the Sea Hound” with Capt. Silver and Jerry. Seems that everybody knows the “secret death hold.” Courtesy of Archive.org. — “Dining Out to Celebrate” on … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Jan. 24, 1944

Jan. 24, 1944: Margaret Sullavan gets the cover photo this week. Inside is Margaret Bourke-White’s feature on the rehabilitation of Naples and the movie is “Destination Tokyo.” Courtesy of Google.

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Casablanca’ on ‘Lux Radio Theater,’ Jan. 24, 1944

Jan. 24, 1944 It’s Monday in 1944 and today we have: —“Information Please,” hosted by Clifton Fadiman, with John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, Elizabeth Janeway — author of the bestseller “The Walsh Girls” — and music critic Deems Taylor. I … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Reader Survey — Part 4

These were the most popular words in the final comments of the reader survey.   OK, here are some final comments and responses:

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How to Run Musicmatch Jukebox on Windows 8

I can’t be the only one who is frustrated that Musicmatch Jukebox won’t run on Windows 8. At least version 10 won’t run. But As you can see, Version 7.1 will install if you run the installation program in Windows … Continue reading

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