Monthly Archives: February 2014

1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 21, 1944

Feb. 21, 1944 Man With a Press Pass in His Hat Midtown Vignette: They can point him out to you at the Stork Club … His recent antics there (around cocktail time) have those-in-the-know in stitches … One of those … Continue reading

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Running the CanoScan 9950F on Windows 8

If you have the misfortune to “upgrade” to Windows 8, you have discovered that it doesn’t play well with some of your software and peripherals, even in what Microsoft jokingly calls “compatibility mode.” The biggest disaster at the Daily Mirror … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Groucho Marx on ‘The Jack Benny Show’

Feb. 20, 1944 It’s Sunday in 1944 and today we have: — Groucho Marx is the guest on the “Jack Benny Show.” Rochester sings a bit of the hit song “My Heart Tells me.” Groucho is top form.  Courtesy of … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 20, 1944

Feb. 20, 1944 We are clearly working up to Walter Winchell’s clash with Congress next month (that is, March 1944). The Private Papers of a Cub Reporter Winchell quotes a piece from Princeton Republican, an Illinois paper. “Last Thursday, the … Continue reading

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Irene Lentz From the Archives

This was supposed to be a quick item linking to The Times piece by Vincent Boucher on Irene Lentz and brief blog posts I did about her years ago. But as I dug into The Times clips about her 1962 … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Loretta Young and Frances Langford on ‘Command Performance’

Feb. 19, 1944 It’s Saturday in 1944 and today we have: — Jungle Jim tries to rescue his friend from a Japanese prison camp. Ethnic stereotype alert. Courtesy of Archive.org. — “Britain Has Become a Fortress.” If you haven’t noticed … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices — David Lewis, Part 3

There was one wonderful scene, not in the book, that Casey wrote. It contained scraps of things from the book, but it became one of the finest love scenes l ever saw in any film. It takes place on a … Continue reading

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Architectural Ramblings

Note: This is a repost of a regular feature I did for the 1947project in 2007 in which I tried to find homes listed in The Times’ Sunday real estate section in 1907. Architectural Ramblings was one of my favorite … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Amos ‘N’ Andy’ and ‘The Lone Ranger’

Feb. 18, 1944 It’s Friday in 1944 and today we have: — “Amos ‘N’ Andy.” Courtesy of Archive.org. —  “The Lone Ranger.” Courtesy of Archive.org — Pianist Vera Brodsky is featured on the “House of Squibb.” Brodsky, known in later … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices — David Lewis, Part 2

When we were ready to start the script, Casey, his wife Audrey, and I went to the Phoenix Biltmore to get away for a few days and start conferences on the script. But we had only been there three or … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 18, 1944

Feb. 18, 1944 Tales of the Town Robert Ripley’s exploiter reports that Ripley is the researcher on it … That Herr Goering’s first name, Herman, came from a Jewish doctor, Herman Eppstein, of Tyrol, Austria … Goering’s father was governor … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

And for Monday, a mystery woman.

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices — David Lewis, Part 1

David Lewis, courtesy of James Curtis. Editor’s note: The Daily Mirror is pleased to present an excerpt from James Curtis’ 1993 book “The Creative Producer,” a fascinating memoir by David Lewis, edited by Curtis.  It seemed timely to run the … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Dorothy Lamour on ‘Abbott and Costello’

Feb. 17, 1944 It’s Thursday in 1944 and today we have: — Dorothy Lamour is the guest on “Abbott and Costello.” Abbott has been elected mayor of Sherman Oaks! (Sherman Oaks is so small the motorcycle cops go around on … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Marion Davies’ Santa Monica Beachside Cottage

Marion Davies’ beach house, courtesy of Mary Mallory.   Newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst inherited and erected lavish estates for himself around California like Wyntoon, his Northern California retreat, and Hearst Castle, his main residence on the Central Coast, but … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 17, 1944

Feb. 17, 1944 Note: If you haven’t noticed already, start keeping track of the number of times Walter Winchell takes a blast a certain members of Congress, particularly Rep. John Rankin (D-Miss.). Next month (that is, March 1944), Rep. Martin … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Bing Crosby on ‘Mail Call’

Feb. 16, 1944 It’s Wednesday in 1944 and today we have: — Bing Crosby in “Mail Call.” And we have the hit song “My Heart Tells Me” plus “Stardust” and “Oh! What a Beautiful Morning,” sung by Connee Boswell. And … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 16, 1944

Feb. 16, 1944 Man About Town Errol Flynn was turned down for the seventh time by the Army and Navy. He is asking the latter for special service and a waiver on physical defects … Quentin Reynolds, the war correspondent, … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Fred Astaire on ‘Burns and Allen’

Feb. 15, 1944 It’s Tuesday in 1944 and today we have: — Fred Astaire is the guest star on “Burns and Allen.” Courtesy of Archive.org. — Fibber has his handwriting analyzed in “Fibber McGee and Molly.” Listen for a bit … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 15, 1944

Feb. 15, 1944: Notes of an Innocent Bystander “The Sullivans” …  This is the movies’ memorial to the five Sullivan boys who died in the same sea action. It’s tender and moving and resists the temptation to cry too much. … Continue reading

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