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About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times

Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated)

For Monday, we have a mystery limousine, a mystery chauffeur and mystery Back of the Head Woman.

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Franklin Pangborn

Photo: Franklin Pangborn and an unidentified co-star. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. When 1930s Hollywood needed a seemingly organized and efficient bank or hotel manager who quickly became nervous and rattled, who better to turn to than … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photos: Brain Trust Meetings on Zoom

This mystery gent emeritus, who knows how to wear a newsboy cap, is here to help promote Mystery Movie Brain Trust meetings on Zoom. I have heard from several Brain Trust members who are interested in using the new technology … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1955 MGM picture “Interrupted Melody,” with Glenn Ford, Eleanor Parker, Roger Moore, Cecil Kellaway, Peter Leeds, Evelyn Ellis, Walter Baldwin, Ann Codee, Leopold Sachse, and Stephen Bekassy. Written by William Ludwig and Sonya Levien, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Larry Edmunds Bookshop Provides Film Education for More Than 75 Years

  Jeanne Moreau shoots a scene for the 1970 film “Alex in Wonderland,” starring Donald Sutherland, right, at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, from a catalog listed on EBay  Note: This is an encore post from 2016. The Larry Edmunds Bookshop has … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1945 Twentieth Century-Fox production of “A Royal Scandal,” with Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Coburn, Anne Baxter, William Eythe, Vincent Price, Mischa Auer, Sig Ruman, Vladimir Sokoloff and Mikhail Rasumny. Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer, adapted … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: George Ali, World’s Greatest Animal Impersonator

  George Ali in “Peter Pan.” Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Best remembered for portraying Nana the dog in Herbert Brenon’s 1924 film adaptation of “Peter Pan,” George Ali excelled at playing all types of animal characters … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1934 Warner Bros. / First National picture “Gentlemen Are Born,” with Franchot Tone, Jean Muir, Margaret Lindsay, Ann Dvorak, Ross Alexander, Charles Starrett, Russell Hicks, Robert Light, Addison Richards, Henry O’Neill, Arthur Aylesworth, Marjorie … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Harriet Parsons, Hollywood’s First Female Studio Producer

The headline “Gal Producer” in Screenland reflects attitudes toward women in Hollywood. Virtually “born in a trunk” August 23, 1906, Harriet Parsons, the only child of John Dement and Louella Parsons, grew up surrounded by entertainment folk. A child performer, … Continue reading

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival: CANCELED

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is the latest movie event to cancel its plans, following the TCM Classic Film Festival and Noir City Hollywood. The festival is rescheduled for November. More information is available here.

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Noir City Hollywood: CANCELED

Eddie Muller issued the following statement today on Facebook: NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD—CANCELED. With much regret, but with a far greater concern for the safety of our loyal patrons, the Film Noir Foundation is postponing the current Noir City: Hollywood film … Continue reading

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TCM Classic Film Festival CANCELED Over Coronavirus

The Hollywood Reporter says that the TCM Classic Film Festival, scheduled April 16-19, is canceled. As of last night TCM was still advertising the festival on the air and its streaming services. TCM says it will refund all purchases of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Tsuru Aoki, Lotus Flower of the Cinema

Tsuru Aoki, in Sunset magazine. Note: This is an encore post from 2017. Though long in the shadow of her more well known husband, Tsuru Aoki achieved just as great a fame as Sessue Hayakawa, with a life story as … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1960 MGM / Andrew and Virginia Stone Production of “The Last Voyage,” with Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, Edmond O’Brien, Woody Strode, Jack Kruschen, Joel Marston, George Furness, Richard Norris, Marshall Kent, Andrew … Continue reading

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

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

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Black Dahlia: Donald H. Wolfe; ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Fraudster | 1931 – 2015

I’m five years late on this item, but for the record: Donald H. Wolfe, the fraudster who wrote “The Black Dahlia Files,” died in February 2015.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 22nd Annual Noir City Hollywood Travels the World

Take a worldwide tour through sordid back alleys and danger-filled shadows in the 22nd Annual Noir City Hollywood, kicking off Friday at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre and running through March 15. Czar of Noir Eddie Muller and Film Noir Foundation Treasurer … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1946 RKO picture “Deadline at Dawn,” with Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas, Bill Williams, Joseph Calleia, Osa Massen, Lola Lane, Jerome Cowan, Marvin Miller, Roman Bohnen, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Constance Worth and Joseph Crehan. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – 1938 Floods Wreak Havoc on Los Angeles Area

  Flooding in North Hollywood, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Seventy-five years ago, a deluge of rain hit Los Angeles and the surrounding area, leading to massive floods and causing millions of dollars … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘That’s My Baby’ Promotes Popularity of Baby Peggy

Note: This is an encore post from 2018. Diana Serra Cary died Feb. 24 at the age of 101. Film studios often employed gimmicks as ways to build word of mouth, increase box office, and promote movie stars throughout the … Continue reading

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