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I work at the Los Angeles Times

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ravished Armenia and the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

  A still from “Auction of Souls,” in the Washington Times. Note: This is a post from 2015. For more than 120 years, Armenians have seen slaughter and death at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and the Turks. In … Continue reading

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‘Smart Girls Don’t Talk’ Special Mystery Photo

  Our mystery guest from last Monday is identified in IMDB as Mike Lally. But is he? B.J. Merholz says no. B.J. writes: Monday’s Croupier is not Mike Lally. I knew Big Mike during his last thirty years and Little … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: K.O. Rahmn, Mary Pickford’s Photographer

  Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in “The Taming of the Shrew,” photo by K.O. Rahmn, from Close Up. Probably the only actor/stills photographer in early Hollywood, K. O. (Knute Olaf) Rahmn worked for Kalem Co. at its Glendale studio … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + +)

For Monday, we have a mystery chap. His mystery companion at the right will appear later in the week.

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June 24, 1946: What Was the First Talkie You Saw?

“I thought talking pictures was a novelty that could never last — like miniature golf.” — George Karg “It was certainly an improvement over the silent pictures.” — Mrs. Edna Helsing. From the Inquiring Camera Girl, Maryon Zylstra, Chicago Tribune, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Turns 90

  The opening of “King of Kings at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Photo courtesy of Bruce Torrence. Still ready for its close-up, the TCL Chinese Theatre, originally Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, turns 90 on May 18, looking as glamorous and exotic as … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s surprisingly difficult mystery movie has been the 1948 Warner Bros. picture “Smart Girls Don’t Talk,” with Virginia Mayo, Bruce Bennett, Robert Hutton, Tom D’Andrea, Richard Rober, Helen Wescott and Richard Benedict. It was written by William Sackheim, photographed … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Classic Film Festival Salutes Preservation

  While the TCM Classic Film Festival’s official theme for 2017 saluted comedy, the underlying thread running through this year’s festival seemed to be preservation. Featuring everything from nitrate screenings to preservation talks to archivist introductions, the Festival saluted vintage … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1962 MGM picture “Billy Rose’s Jumbo,” with Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante and Martha Raye, Dean Jagger, Joseph Waring, Lynn Wood, Charles Watts, James Chandler, Robert Burton, Wilson Wood, Norman Leavitt, Grady … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Nelson Evans, Hollywood’s Early Forgotten Portrait Photographer

Photo: Nelson Evans Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Unlike the theatrical world, the early motion picture industry was slow in recognizing the importance of photographs to help publicize and sell its films. While Broadway producers hired great … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie (and sadly, a fairly poor print) has been the 1939 British film “Spy in Black,” the debut of “the Archers”: director Michael Powell and writer Emeric Pressburger. It featured Conrad Veidt, Sebastian Shaw and Valerie Hobson, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Buster Keaton’s ‘The Italian Villa’

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Buster Keaton seemed to have it all in the mid-1920s. His career was riding high, as the public loved his film comedies, making him one of America’s top film personalities. He had … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1952 Columbia picture “Affair in Trinidad,” with Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby, Valerie Bettis, Torin Thatcher, Howard Wendell, Karel Stepanek, George Voskovec, Steven Geray, Walter Kohler, Juanita Moore. The screenplay was by … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Classic Film Festival Returns to Hollywood

The TCM Classic Film Festival returns to Hollywood for its seventh year April 6-9, 2017, dedicated to the late genial host Robert Osborne. It opens Thursday afternoon with a tribute by Osborne’s colleagues and friends, with all programs that day … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Second Universal City Celebrates Its Centennial

Universal City in the Washington Times, Feb. 10, 1915. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. In an age where businesses come and go, bought up by larger competitors or going under due to bad financial decisions, finding one … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Week 2 — Updated + + + +)

The two weeks’ mystery movie has been the 1945 Warner Bros. film “Roughly Speaking,” with Rosalind Russell, Jack Carson, Robert Hutton, Jean Sullivan, Donald Woods, Alan Hale, Andrea King, Ann Doran, Mona Freeman, Robert Arthur, Ray Collins, John Qualen, Kathleen … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Heart of California Offers Intriguing Look at Cowboy Life

  A poster for “Heart of California,” courtesy of Dwight Manley. In honor of Brea, California’s Centennial Celebration, a fraction of Dwight Manley’s stunning silent motion picture poster collection is currently on exhibit in that city. Containing everything from one-sheets … Continue reading

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Daylight Saving Time: A Reminder From Pier Angeli and the Daily Mirror

Pier Angeli and her little friend remind Daily Mirror readers that Daylight Saving Time begins today and to set your clocks forward one hour.

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Google Fail: This Woman Is Not Tabitha Babbitt

  Does this woman look like a Quaker who died in the 19th century? Probably not. But Google thinks so. Here’s the story.

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RIP Robert Osborne (1932 – 2017)

  Robert Osborne, the always affable TCM host, has died at 84 after years of declining health. TCM Remembers Robert Osborne (video). Los Angeles Times. Variety. Washington Post. New York Times profile.

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