Monthly Archives: May 2014

Movieland Mystery Photo — Request Time

His Excellency wants to know if you have a request for an upcoming mystery movie. The Daily Mirror archives are spotty, so I can’t guarantee that I’ll have a copy, but if you have a request, drop me an email. … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘The First Nighter’

May 31, 1944: “The First Nighter” with a show titled “Give Up the Ship.” Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Classic Film Noir, Part 4

  In case you just tuned in, I’m using the May 15 post by Louella Parsons on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced by Otto Preminger as director of “Laura” to spend some time examining the production of the film noir classic. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, May 30, 1944

May 30, 1944 Dear younger readers, Memorial Day (created as Decoration Day, a time to place flowers on the graves of Civil War veterans) used to be May 30, until Congress decided in 1968 that a three-day weekend was more … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — Coming on TCM

I cut the cord to TCM a few months ago, partly to economize and partly because it repeats a lot of movies for having such a large archive. (What? “Torchy Runs for Mayor” Again??) I haven’t been paying much attention to … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Classic Film Noir, Part 3

In case you just tuned in, I’m using the May 15 post by Louella Parsons on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as director of “Laura” to spend some time examining the production of the film noir classic. The previous post was … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, May 29, 1944

May 29, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, May 28 — JACK WARNER has had his checkbook out all the time he’s been in New York, buying plays like mad. He paid a quarter of a million dollars for “Chicken Every Sunday,” the Phil … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, May 29, 1944

May 29, 1944 Life’s cover story features Lt. Gen Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, commander of the American air forces preparing for the invasion of Europe. Gjon Mili photographs Gene Kelly dancing. The movie of the week is “Once Upon a Time,” … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Classic Film Noir, Part 2

In case you just tuned in, prompted by Louella Parsons’ May 15 post that Rouben Mamoulian had asked to be released as director of “Laura” (later accounts will say that he was fired), I’m looking at the making of the … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, May 28, 1944

May 28, 1944 Gypsy Rose Lee says: “There are three types of strip teasers. The loud and brazen girl, who comes out on the stage and shrieks; then there is the demure kind, who acts scared to death, and finally … Continue reading

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Neon Mystery Photo (Updated)

Craby Joe’s may be gone, but it lives on in what rock video? (And no, this isn’t “Barfly.”) Answer: The video is … “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top (1983). Craby Joe’s appears at about the 2:15 mark.

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

This is “Holy Matrimony,” a rather silly movie with one of those preposterous plots in which logic is thrown out the window, but watchable because of the performances, especially if you only know Monty Woolley from “The Man Who Came … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 1

The May 15, 1944, post by Louella Parsons about Rouben Mamoulian asking to be released as the director of “Laura” made me think that it would be worth taking a closer look at the production of the 20th Century-Fox film, … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip, Louella Parsons, May 27, 1944

Carole Landis and William Eythe play cards. May 27, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, May 26 — Ingrid Bergman is one of the few actresses who has all hits, all runs and no errors to her credit, so I am not surprised that … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo — The TCM Singing Cowboy … SOLVED!

Credit to Mike Hawks. This is Joe Morrison in “La Fiesta de Santa Barbara.” I know everybody who reads the Daily Mirror has seen our friend the TCM Singing Cowboy. Whoever does the introductions for “TCM Extras” loves the singing … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sidney Bracy: Hollywood’s No. 1 Butler

Sidney Bracy in an undated photo. Courtesy of Mary Mallory. What makes one person a star, why another languishes in tiny parts or obscurity? Is it charisma, sex appeal, luck, opportunity, that pushes them over? And what about someone who … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘The First Nighter’

May 24, 1944: “The First Nighter” in a show titled “Speak Ever So Gently.” Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, May 23, 1944

May 23, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, May 22 — Fr. Flanagan’s “Boys Town” was a big money maker. So it is no surprise to hear that MGM has bought the rights to film a movie around the idea of “Boys Ranch,” the … Continue reading

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LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files: Celina Renee Manning, Missing Teenager

Jan. 23, 1974 In case you just tuned in, I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old Cop Shop at the LAPD’s Parker Center and I’m slowly going through the files. Our subject is … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, May 22, 1944

May 22, 1944 America is waiting breathlessly for the impending invasion of Europe. In Dallas, churches promised to ring their bells and open their sanctuaries for prayer as soon as the invasion was announced. With the South hit by flooding … Continue reading

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