War Cancels Rose Parade, Dec. 14, 1941

Dec. 14, 1941, Tournament of Roses
Dec. 14, 1941, Comics

Dec. 14, 1941, Comics  Dec. 14, 1941, Comics

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 Year’s Day as millions reviewed memories of previous parades in all their glory, The Times said.

The comics of the “Greatest Generation”: flogging a woman who won’t cook. And this is “Brenda Starr,” drawn by Dale Messick.

Tom Treanor writes that until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America had been suffering “a mania of superiority.”

Jimmie Fidler talks with Laird Cregar.

Fidler asks: “Why, if I may pry, are you not married?”

Cregar: “I’ve never felt I could afford it. Now that I am making a movie salary I–well, I am looking around.”

Dec. 14, 1941, Tom Treanor

Dec.14, 1941, Jimmie Fidler

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4 Responses to War Cancels Rose Parade, Dec. 14, 1941

  1. beachgal says:

    Remember well there being no Rose Bowl or Parade in 1942 – but hardly seemed that big of a deal at the time since all the news and pretty much everything we talked about was about WWII and who was going off to join what branch and if Japan would land on the local beaches. All of Long Beach and much of Santa Monica and some of the other areas were really starting to transform into war efforts already. I don’t think we had planned to go to the parade that year anyway and of course it was before TV coverage so the parade was not what it became to many later by the mid 50s when it was such an event to get up and watch the pre-prarade coverage even and the entire parade on TV (a great reason to drink Ramos Fizzes all AM!) — those were some kind of interesting times – special fittings for headlights – being told don’t drive at night around LA unless you really have to – blackout curtains in every window – the start of rationing – collection of everything from tin to rubber to grease – and not too long after NY that year the removal and internment of Japanese – that was really a shock to many of us living in LA. No parade/bowl game was of little newsworthiness considering everything else going on.


    • lmharnisch says:

      Thanks for sharing your recollections! As for cancellation of the game and parade being newsworthy, the Los Angeles Times carried the story on the front page.


  2. Wayne Selover says:

    Laird Cregar only lived 3 years past this interview. He died in December 1944 after losing 100 pounds on a crash diet, precipitating a heart attack.


    • lmharnisch says:

      Yes, he was up for the role of Waldo Lydecker in “Laura” (1944) but then the studio was thinking of Monty Woolley before finally casting Clifton Webb.


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