Author Archives: lmharnisch

About lmharnisch

I work at the Los Angeles Times

Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Do not Get Me Started With Marion Davies and Orson Welles

“American Heiress” via Amazon.com. Rush out and get Jeffrey Toobin’s new book about the Patty Hearst kidnapping, American Heiress. It’s really one of the best-written, best-researched books I’ve read lately, and is actually laugh-out-loud funny at points. I am quite … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated) + + + +

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1958 film “Equinox Flower.” Original story by Ton Santomi, screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu and Kogo Noda, produced by Shuzuo Yamauchi, cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta, music by Kojun Saito. Directed by Ozu. Vincent Canby … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Barney Oldfield Sets Up Shop in Downtown Los Angeles

  A postcard showing the interior of Barney Oldfield’s saloon on South Spring Street, courtesy of Mary Mallory.   ‘Mile a minute” Barney Oldfield, the first automobile racer to achieve that feat while racing, was quick when it came to … Continue reading

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Voices: Curtis Hanson

In honor of Curtis Hanson, who died yesterday at the age of 71, here is a recording I made of him on May 23, 2007, with Eva Marie Saint and Patricia Hitchcock before a showing of “North by Northwest” by … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Because You Can’t Have Too Much Lupe Velez

Lon Chaney and Lupe Velez in a still from “Where East Is East,” listed on EBay with bids starting at $35. For my money, Lupe Velez has it all over Garbo—she was just as beautiful, and not only a great … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been the 1952 MGM picture “The Devil Makes Three,” with Gene Kelly, Pier Angeli, Richard Rober, Richard Egan, Claus Clausen, Wilfried Seyferth, Margot Hielscher and Annie Rosar. The screenplay was by Jerry Davis, based … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Esther Ralston and Hollyridge Drive

The Esther Ralston home on Hollyridge Drive, via Hollywood Vagabond. California saw a renaissance of Spanish Revival architecture in the wake of World War I, as it both saluted the life and culture of the Mediterranean and paid homage to … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: I Have Such a Crush on Bill Goodwin

  A still of Bill Goodwin, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $17.50. Among my unlikely crushes is Bill Goodwin, an actor whose name is pretty much forgotten today. He was good-looking in an ordinary-guy sort of way; … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Silver Screen Revue Salutes Silent Days

  A matchbook from the Wilshire Bowl, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $9.95. Within just a few years of sound motion pictures becoming the approved film format, silent films became a virtual pariah in popular culture. They … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1949 MGM picture “Intruder in the Dust,” with David Brian, Claude Jarman Jr., Juano Hernandez, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Kemper and Will Geer, from a screenplay by Ben Maddow based on the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 52nd Cinecon Offers Something for Everyone

  A DVD of “None Shall Escape,” listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $12.75.   Offering both something for the esoteric cineaste as well as the general film fan, the 52nd Cinecon Film Festival just concluded at Hollywood’s … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: The Struggle for Superlatives

Seriously.

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Mystery Manuscript

If you think the mystery movies are tough – try the British Library’s mystery manuscript.

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: John Gilbert in Living Color

“John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars” by Eve Golden, listed on Amazon.com. Now that you have all read my 2013 biography of John Gilbert [meaningful pause as you all guiltily order your copies on Amazon], you are … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1942 Charter Film production “Thunder Rock,” an unusual British film that deals with a lighthouse on Lake Michigan north of Milwaukee, with Michael Redgrave, Barbara Mullen, James Mason and Lilli Palmer, from a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — The Selig Zoo, Motion Pictures’ First Theme Park

The Selig Zoo, in Cement and Engineering News. Note: This is an encore of a 2014 post. From its humble beginnings as merely a boarding home for William Selig’s wild animal film stars, the Selig Zoo at 3800 Mission Road … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: ‘Vote for Gracie’

    Listen to “Vote for Gracie.” Listen to “Gracie Wins Wisconsin” from April 20, 1940. No matter if you’re voting for Clinton or Trump or Stein or Johnson—I think we can all agree that Gracie Allen would be this—or … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1963 Allied Artists release “Soldier in the Rain,” with Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld, Tony Bill, Tom Poston, Ed Nelson, Lew Gallo, Rockne Tarkington, Paul Hartman, John Hubbard, Chris Noel, Sam Flint, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sojin Kamiyama

Photo: Sojin Kamiyama in “The Road to Mandalay,” listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $23.95. Note: This encore post on Sojin Kamiyama coincides with a showing of one of his films: “Diplomacy” at Cinecon 52 at 10:45 a.m. … Continue reading

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The L.A. Public Library’s Thriving Authors

The Los Angeles Public Library seems to be a thriving hub of book authorship these days, and if you wonder how the library contributed to their writing, you can hear them explain at a panel at 1 p.m. Friday Aug. … Continue reading

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