Monthly Archives: December 2016

Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Poor Judy Tyler. Poor ambitious, talented, dead Judy Tyler

  Los Angeles Times, July 5, 1957, Judy Tyler and her husband are killed in a car accident. There have been a lot of careers cut short just as they were starting: from Clarine Seymour to James Dean to the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Nirvana Apartments

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. A few months ago, a friend and I were walking up Orange Drive from the El Capitan Theatre to the Hollywood Heritage Museum and noticed a striking Japanese looking apartment building at … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1938 Twentieth Century-Fox film “Mr. Moto Takes a Chance.” The film is available on DVD from Amazon.

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Christmas 1966: No Bad News at the Tucson Citizen

I finally tracked down the front page from the Tucson Citizen for Dec. 24, 1966, in which it followed the tradition of no bad news on Page 1. And a sample of the Citizen’s weather poem.

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Black Dahlia: ‘Heaven Is Here!’ Progress Report

A little over a year ago, on Dec. 18, 2015, I walked out the doors of the Los Angeles Times after 27 years, having asked a security guard to take this picture of my farewell. And yes, I’m wearing my … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Who Knew Dick Shawn Could Sing?

  A still of Dick Shawn and Renee Taylor in “The Producers,” listed as Buy It Now on EBay for $10. Note: Eve has discontinued her YouTube Theater, but has consented to have me post the entries she has already … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Paramount Pictures’ School of Acting Trains Junior Stars

  An ad for “Fascinating Youth.” How do you make a movie star? Can you mold virgin and unproven talent into respected and popular screen performers, or is stardom just a result of some undefinable yet unique charm, personality, or … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1956 film “The Wild Party,” with Anthony Quinn, Carol Ohmart, Arthur Franz, Jay Robinson, Kathryn Grant,  Nehemiah Persoff, Paul Stewart, Nestor Paiva, Maureen Stephenson, Michael Ross, James Bronte, William Phipps, Joe Green, Barbara Nichols … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Does 1971 Count As An ‘Old Movie?’

A scene from The Boy Friend. Note: Eve has discontinued her YouTube Theater, but has consented to have me post the entries she has already written. I hope so, because this is one of my half-dozen very favorite movie musical … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie – which turned out to be one of the most difficult I have ever posted – was the 1934 British musical “Evergreen.” The film stars Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Betty Balfour, Barry Mackay, Ivor Maclaren, Hartley … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Richfield Building Jazzes Up Los Angeles’ Skyline

  The Richfield Building in an undated postcard. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. After years of deprivation, darkness and worry during World War I and its aftermath, America was ready to look toward a shining future of … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: ‘Ghostland’ and Another Good Story Ruined (Updated)

“Ghostland” by Colin Dickey, Page 136. OK, who can spot the mistake in the highlighted passage? (And yes, Dickey is about to invoke the name of Kenneth Anger, who has caused more grief for historians than any other writer). This … Continue reading

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A Firsthand History Lesson on Pearl Harbor

In 1962, I was a seventh-grader at Washington Junior High School in Naperville, Ill. On Dec. 7, Mr. Humbert, our social studies teacher, put aside the regular curriculum to give his young pupils a firsthand account of Pearl Harbor. Many … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Any Movie Would Have Been Better if it Starred Jimmy Durante and Lupe Velez

Lupe Velez and Jimmy Durante in Hollywood Party. I’ve already written here about the great Lupe Velez, but my friend Stephen reminded me that we have a theory that any movie would have been better if it had starred Lupe … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood National Bank Watches History Go By

  Carol Hughes as photographed by Schuyler Crail, with Hollywood and Cahuenga in the background, courtesy of Mary Mallory. One of the most important and busiest intersections in Hollywood has always been that of Hollywood and Cahuenga Boulevards. The location … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been the 1957 RKO film “All Mine to Give,” with Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, Rex Thompson, Patty McCormack, Ernest Truex, Hope Emerson, Alan Hale, Sylvia Field, Royal Dano, Reta Shaw, Stephen Wootton, Butch Bernard, … Continue reading

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1957 Club Mecca Firebombing in South L.A. Kills 6

5841 S. Normandie, the site of the Club Mecca bombing, as photographed in 2007. April 7, 1957, the Los Angeles Times publishes an extra on the Club Mecca firebombing.   The tragic warehouse fire in Oakland, which has killed at … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror Christmas Shopping Guide: Scaccomatto Chess Set

A Scaccomatto chess set has been listed on EBay. The set, designed by Franco Rocco, is one of the more unusual ones you may encounter. All the pieces fit together to make two cubes, one brass and the other chrome. … Continue reading

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