Monthly Archives: April 2016

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Film Noir Fest Shows the Dirty Side of Life

Poster by Bill Selby, courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation. The 18th Annual Noir City: Hollywood at the Egyptian Theatre just concluded after another successful run, focusing on the moral quagmires or despicable decisions of many an ethically challenged character. … Continue reading

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Raising Money for Documentary on Paul Henreid

I recently received word from Monika Henreid that she has begun a fundraising campaign to help complete a documentary on her father, Paul Henreid. She hopes to finish the film in time for the 75th anniversary of “Casablanca” in 2017. … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been the 1956 Columbia picture “Wicked as They Come,” with Arlene Dahl, Phil Carey, Herbert Marshall, Michael Goodliffe, Ralph Truman, Sidney James, David Kossoff, Faith Brook and Frederick Valk. The screenplay was by Ken … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM 2016 Classic Film Festival Celebrates Motion Pictures

  Turner Classic Movies celebrates all things movies with its upcoming Classic Film Festival Thursday, April 28 through May 1, 2016. Organized around the theme “Moving Pictures,” films that inspire, utter a call to action, rouse emotions, or take us … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: Mark A. Vieira’s ‘Into the Dark’

Mark A. Vieira writes that he will be signing advance copies of his book “Into the Dark” at the TCM Classic Film Festival. “Into the Dark,” published by Running Press and TCM, won’t be officially released until May 24, so … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

    This week’s mystery movie was the 1951 film “He Ran All the Way,” directed by John Berry, with John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Selena Royle, Gladys George, Norman Lloyd and Bobby Hyatt. The screenplay was credited to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Shaw and Lee, ‘Nut’ Comedians

A still of Shaw and Lee from “The Beau Brummels” is featured in the promotional material for a special program honoring the 90th Anniversary of Vitaphone at TCM’s Classic Film Festival. Long before the term “deadpan” described the work of … Continue reading

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Journalism in Los Angeles, 1912 – 1962, Saturday at Occidental College

I will be discussing this c. 1901 lapel button and other interesting facets of Los Angeles newspapers, 1912-1962, at the Historical Society of Southern California’s daylong conference on journalism in Southern California, on Saturday at Occidental College. More information is … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been the 1937 Warner Bros. picture “The Case of the Stuttering Bishop,” with Donald Woods, Ann Dvorak, Anne Nagel and Linda Perry. It was directed by William Clemens from a screenplay by Kenneth Gamet … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Mulholland Skyline Drive – The World’s Most Wonderful Highway

A postcard showing Mulholland Drive is listed on EBay with bids starting at 99 cents. Spanning 21 miles from Hollywood to Calabasas, Mulholland Drive provides a dramatic dividing line between Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, providing both residents … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: BuzzFeed Goes ‘Drunk History’ on an Unsolved Murder

Since “Drunk History” debuted, I have been waiting for the show to do a version of the Black Dahlia case. But BuzzFeed Videos beat them to it. Our hosts Ryan and Brent cruised L.A. and free-associated about the murder of … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been “Die Buchse der Pandora” or “Pandora’s Box,”  the 1929 Nero film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst from a screenplay by Ladislaus Vajda, photographed by Gunther Krampf, with Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ahoy Mateys! Guests Walk Plank at Pirate’s Den.

The Pirate’s Den, Radio Television Mirror. During the height of Hollywood’s Golden Age, colorful and elaborate restaurants and nightclubs filled the scene. In the 1920s, programmatic architecture flourished in California, providing automobile passengers giant iconic representations of the foodstuffs available … Continue reading

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