Monthly Archives: December 2014

L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — Pisco Punch

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Just in time for New Year’s, we’ll take a look at a “lost drink,” making a brief inquiry into San Francisco’s Pisco Punch, made famous by Bank Exchange saloon owner Duncan Nicol (often … Continue reading

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War Cancels Rose Parade, Dec. 14, 1941

Note: This is a post from 2011. Dec. 14, 1941: The Rose Parade is canceled and the Rose Bowl – between Duke and Oregon State – is moved to Durham, N.C. The streets of Pasadena were oddly quiet on New … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Bronx Cocktail

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Dec. 20, 1934: In case you doubted me (but you wouldn’t, would you?), here’s a recipe for the Bronx Cocktail, from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, courtesy of FultonHistory.com. In case you plan to … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 43

When we watch “Laura” today, all we see is the finished film: The fluid camera work and complex lighting, the elegant production design, the fashionable costumes, the sharp dialogue and the generally first-rate performances, especially by Clifton Webb. Nothing betrays … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Brooklyn Cocktail

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Yes, the Manhattan cocktail once had competition from drinks named for the other boroughs. Here’s a recipe for the Brooklyn Cocktail, from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 7, 1937. The Brooklyn Cocktail as … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s movie has been the 1937 Warner Bros.’ picture “Call It a Day,” with Olivia De Havilland (Friday’s guest), Ian Hunter (not shown), Anita Louise (not shown), Alice Brady (Wednesday’s guest), Roland Young (Thursday’s guest) and Frieda Inescort (not … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Bans ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ (Updated)

A still from “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from “The Movies Come From America.” Update: A reader on the film site, Nitrateville, pointed out that novelist Upton Sinclair wrote about the protest at “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” in his … Continue reading

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Not on Netflix: ‘Batman’ and ‘Day the Earth Stood Still’

The Joker isn’t kidding this time. Batman really is disappearing! “Batman” will join the Not on Netflix brigade starting Jan. 1, according to Moviefone. Also disappearing from Netflix’s streaming service are “12 Angry Men,” “Carrie,” “The Day the Earth Stood … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: The Harvey Wallbanger

A vintage 1972 iron-on transfer of Harvey Wallbanger himself, on EBay for $12. Note: This is a repost from 2013. We have been looking at some historic drinks for this holiday season. To the millennials in the audience: This is … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury’s Unrealized Opera: ‘Leviathan ‘99’

Since Ray Bradbury died in 2012, I have been rummaging around the Daily Mirror archives in a frustrating search for a copy of his libretto for an opera titled “Leviathan ’99,” which I obtained many years ago when I was … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Celebrates Christmas, 1913

Dec. 25, 1913: The Times carries a biblical passage across the nameplate (notice the artwork of the new and old Times buildings) and a Page 1 cartoon by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale. “Cartoonist Gale” frequently drew a character known as … Continue reading

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Mayor Garcetti Fires Up the Lindbergh Beacon

And yes, here is the Lindberg beacon atop City Hall, illuminating the skies over Los Angeles for Christmas Eve 2014.

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Lindbergh Beacon to Be Lit

Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that he will fire up the Lindbergh beacon atop City Hall tonight and that it will remain lit through Jan. 5. I’ll post photos later.

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: A Brief History of the Tom and Jerry

A recipe for the Tom and Jerry from the San Francisco Call, June 30, 1912. Note: This is a repost from 2013. Over on Facebook, Christopher McPherson asked whether the Tom and Jerry was named for the MGM cartoon characters. … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Final suggestion: “Missing Reels,” by Farran Smith Nehme, who writes so wonderfully about films on the Self-Styled Siren. “Missing Reels” is available from Amazon. Locally, it’s listed at Book Soup (“on our shelves now”), Skylight Books (“ships to store in … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 42

An image from the Broadway play “In Time to Come,” directed by Otto Preminger, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $32.75. In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian … Continue reading

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The L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide

A set of five Tom and Jerry mugs listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $20. Note: This is a repost from 2013. We don’t keep a bottle of Scotch in our desk in the city room of the … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Yes, “Hellzapoppin’ ” is actually out on DVD. It’s available from Amazon UK for £7.99 (about $12.50). But there’s a catch: It’s a Region-2 DVD. I’m told by someone who bought a copy that it’s a sharp print and will … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 41

Otto Preminger makes his film debut as an actor in 1942 in “The Pied Piper.” Preminger said in a 1970 interview in On Film: “Although I’m Jewish, I can look like a Nazi if I shave my head.” The film … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

If you are running a bit late in your holiday shopping, you might consider an advance order of “Dead to Me,” a YA (young adult) novel to be issued by Disney-Hyperion in March. “Dead to Me” is by Mary McCoy, … Continue reading

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