November 1947: ‘Ridiculous!’ Judge Throws Out Case of 3 Men Arrested for Playing Pinochle in Park

L.A. Times, 1947
L.A. Times, 1947

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.

A 91-year-old former actor named Noah Simon tried to kill himself three years later by cutting his wrists and temple with a razor, saying that “I am lonely and even my children have forgotten me.” It’s unclear whether this is the pinochle player in question. The fates of Middleman and Levin aren’t recorded. And while The Times records the colorful exploits of a Detective Lanier going back to the 1920s, it isn’t clear if it is the same officer.

L.A. Times, 1947

It’s interesting to contrast this story, with a three-column photo and two-column headline, with this:

L.A. Times, 1947

Quote of the day: “None of the 10 men will be rehired until he is acquitted or has purged himself of contempt and declared under oath that he is not a Communist.”

Eric Johnston, president of the Motion Picture Association of American, on blacklisting the “Hollywood 10.”

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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