Monthly Archives: June 2014

1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, June 18, 1944

June 18, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 17 – On June 21, Leo the Lion will have roared for 20 years, carrying many glamorous and popular stars to fame. When I came to Hollywood 19 years ago, this company was making itself … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, June 17, 1944

June 17, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 16 — My old friend Ralph Wheelright, whom I have known since he was in the MGM publicity department and before that, when he was one of the Los Angeles Examiner’s star reporters, takes another … Continue reading

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People Who Write in Library Books Should Be Shot

I mean really.

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This is “Shield for Murder,” requested by Julie Merholz, who says that she watched some of the filming when she was a student at Beverly Hills High (scene of the swimming pool sequence). Thanks, Julie!  

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Preston Duncan Shoots for Artistry

Buddy Rogers, photographed by Preston Duncan. Motion picture still photography grew rapidly from the early teens through the mid-1920s, becoming the main publicity staple of Hollywood film studios. Begun merely as a record for film scenes, shot by camera operators … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Gloria Swanson Photo Inscribed to Mark Hansen on EBay

Here’s another item that is tangentially related to the Black Dahlia case: A photograph of Gloria Swanson inscribed to Florentine Gardens business manager Mark Hansen. Hansen was a small-time operator of movie theaters and news accounts of the Black Dahlia … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Joseph G. Fickling Memorabilia on EBay

An EBay vendor has listed the pilot wings that belonged to Joseph G. Fickling, Elizabeth Short’s onetime boyfriend. Apparently these items were in a storage unit. The vendor has posted a photo of Fickling’s dog tags (not included in the … Continue reading

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U.S. Troops Report Nazi Atrocities During Invasion, June 13, 1944

June 13, 1944 The Times reports the death of pilot Maj. Joseph D.R. Shaffer, 26, of Long Beach, who received the Silver Star and the  Distinguished Service Cross for shooting down a Nazi bomber near Reykjavik — the first German … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip By Louella Parsons, June 13, 1944

June 13, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 12 — There isn’t a chance of MGM making the same mistake with 14-year-old Jane Powell they made with Deanna Durbin. Deanna slipped through their fingers and then made “Three Smart Girls” for Charles Rogers … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 12, 1944

June 12, 1944 Life’s cover photo shows 500-pound bombs falling on an oil refinery in Leghorn, Italy. Where does Al Capp get ideas for his characters? Would you believe Veronica Lake? A feature on Humphrey Bogart says that while filming … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, June 12, 1944

June 12, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 11 — Right out of New York comes word Jack Warner has added “The Two Mrs. Carrolls” to his list of New York plays. Jack, who has spent money unstintingly for New York hits, is … Continue reading

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ on Heritage Square

I was underwhelmed by “Saving Mr. Banks,” but look what I found! It’s Heritage Square, which (for out-of-town readers) is just off the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Here’s Heritage Square as shown on Google Street View.

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, June 10, 1944

June 10, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 9 — There has been so much talk that Joan Fontaine would take her troubles to court and ask to have her David Selznick contract canceled that I did a little investigating. I talked to … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: My Photos of Elizabeth Short Get Around

Some folks on the Internet are quite casual about where they get images. I always watermark mine so that even if someone swipes it, the url is still visible — unless someone crops it out. Here’s a case in point.

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Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + + )

This week’s mystery movie was “Black Angel,” as requested by B.J. Merholz. Thanks, B.J. And if you have a mystery movie request, email me here.  

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Clifton’s Cafeteria Offers Food for Thought

Clifton’s Pacific Seas, 618 S. Olive St. Long before kitschy was cool and themed restaurants like tiki bars, Planet Hollywoods and Rainforest Cafes existed, downtown Los Angeles sported eclectically decorated and festive Clifton’s Cafeterias. Over the top and lavishly theatrical, … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘The First Nighter’

June 7, 1944: “The First Nighter” with an episode titled “Susan Stepped Out.” Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, June 6, 1944

June 6, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 5 — When Harriet Parsons (a young producer I know very well — in fact she used to put the bite on me for ice cream sodas) finishes “The Enchanted Cottage” she takes over her … Continue reading

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ALLIES INVADE FRANCE! JUNE 6, 1944; Complete Radio Coverage

The headline and map by Charles Owens from The Times. June 6, 1944: Complete radio coverage of the D-Day Invasion. This was pool coverage using correspondents from various news organizations. By 10 a.m., CBS had resumed regular programming with news … Continue reading

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D-Day Invasion: Full Radio Coverage of the Invasion of Europe Coming Tomorrow

Just a reminder that I will be posting full radio coverage from 1944 of the D-Day invasion starting at 12:37 a.m. Eastern Time (9:37 p.m. Pacific Time), precisely when the first radio announcement was made on June 6, 1944, citing … Continue reading

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