Monthly Archives: November 2020

L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books on Los Angeles, my first recommendation is “Nuestro Pueblo,” a selection of features by Times artist Charles Owens and writer Joseph Seewerker that appeared in The … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Max Davidson

Photo: Lillian Elliott and Max Davidson in “Call of the Cuckoo.” Note: This is an encore post from 2012. America has always been the land of immigrants. From when this part of the world was a mere colony to other … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1959 Walt Disney picture “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” with Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O’Dea, Kieron Moore, Estelle Winwood, Walter Fitzgerald, Denis O’Dea, J.G. Devlin, Jack MacGowan, Farrell Delly and … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide: ‘Bunker Hill Los Angeles’

Time to start the Daily Mirror’s holiday gift suggestions and there’s no better way to begin than with “Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Essence of Sunshine and Noir” by my Crime Buddy Nathan Marsak, published by Angel City Press ($40). The … Continue reading

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L.A. Celebrates a Wartime Thanksgiving, 1943

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. A wartime Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, with many service personnel welcomed into people’s homes for a holiday meal. The Times published cooking tips for war workers, advising cooks who were otherwise engaged … Continue reading

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An 1890s Thanksgiving in the Kitchen

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Here’s a traditional roast turkey recipe from the “Every-Day Cook-Book and Family Compendium,” written about 1890 by Miss E. Neill. Be sure your fire is bright and clear and watch out for … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: L.A.’s Vegetarian Roots More Than a Century Old

A vegetarian restaurant opened near Angeles Flight in 1900. From earliest recorded history, many people have searched for a clean and healthy diet that benefited society as well as their health. Prehistoric persons originally survived on a meatless diet since … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery program was “Queen of the Orange Bowl,” which aired Jan. 13, 1960,  on the CBS anthology show “U.S. Steel Hour.” With Anne Francis, Johnny Carson, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Elizabeth Wilson and Robert Elston. Adapted for television … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1963 Universal-International picture “For Love or Money,” with Kirk Douglas, Mitzi Gaynor, Gig Young,  Thelma Ritter, Julie Newmar, William Bendix, Leslie Parrish, Richard Sargent, Elizabeth MacRae, William Windom, Willard Sage, Ina Victor, Amy Moore, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: T.L. Tally – L.A.’s Pioneer Film Exhibitor, Part 2

“The Great Corbett Fight” at Tally’s theater. Note: This is an encore post from 2017. Former Texan T. L. (Thomas) Tally pioneered early film exhibition practices in the film metropolis of Los Angeles, catering to the needs of his audiences. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: T.L. Tally – L.A.’s Pioneer Film Exhibitor, Part 1 (Updated)

T.L. Tally, Moving Picture World, 1915. Note: This is an encore post from 2017. Los Angeles has stood at the forefront of not only motion picture production, but the fields of exhibition and distribution as well. Former Texan T. L. … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: Nathan Marsak Discusses Bunker Hill With Mary Mallory and Brian Judd

My old Crime Buddy Nathan Marsak has written a book on Bunker Hill in his informed yet freewheeling style and will be appearing Wednesday at 7 p.m. PST in a virtual event hosted by Hollywood Heritage in its “Evening @ … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Elsie Janis Rallies the Troops for World War I

Note: This is an encore post from 2019. World War I, the “War to End All Wars,” concluded 100 years ago at the 11th minute of the 11th hour, November 11, 1918. A bloody conflagration involving such countries and republics … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1955 Columbia film “The Crooked Web,” with Frank Lovejoy, Mari Blanchard, Richard Denning, John Mylong, Harry Lauter, Steven Ritch and Louis Merrill. Story and screenplay by Lou Breslow. Photography by Henry Freulich, art direction … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1932 Columbia film “Washington Merry-Go-Round,” with Lee Tracy, Constance Cummings, Walter Connolly, Alan Dinehart, Arthur Vinton, Arthur Hoyt, Burton Churchill, Frank Sheridan, Clay Clement and Clarence Muse. Screenplay by Jo Swerling, story by Maxwell … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – ‘Peter the Hermit’

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Like Blanche Dubois, Peter depended upon the kindness of strangers to augment his spare existence working odd jobs and living in a shack in the Hollywood hills. He wore simple white shirts … Continue reading

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A Reminder From Pier Angeli and Friend

Pier Angeli and her little friend remind Daily Mirror readers to turn back their clocks this Sunday.

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