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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times

L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

This is an unusual suggestion (especially a “retro” suggestion) for the holidays: Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life by James Curtis won’t be available until February. But you can pre-order it, which is what I’ve done. Yes, there is another Keaton … Continue reading

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Coming Events: Hollywood Heritage Afternoon With the Authors

On Saturday (Dec. 4), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hollywood Heritage will host its annual Afternoon With the Authors. Writers scheduled to attend include Leonard Maltin, James Curtis, Allen Ellenberger, Cari Beauchamp, Marc Wanamaker and Mary Mallory. Hollywood Heritage … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Charles Ray

A Witzel photo of Charles Ray, listed on EBay at $9.95. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Boyish actor Charles Ray ranked as one of the most popular juvenile stars of the mid 1910s, playing rural teens, schoolboys, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + ++)

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

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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: Lillian St. Cyr, ‘Indian Princess’ of Early Films

Lillian St. Cyr, who took the name Princess Red Wing (frequently rendered as Redwing), Moving Picture World, 1912. Throughout much of her life, Lillian Margaret St. Cyr felt caught between two worlds as she tried to bridge Native American and … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1936 Warner Bros. picture Brides Are Like That, with Ross Alexander, Anita Louise, Joseph Cawthorn, Kathleen Lockhart, Gene Lockhart, Richard Purcell, Mary Treen, Joseph Crehan, Frank Darien, Robert Emmett Keane and Kay Hughes.

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1947 MGM picture The Arnelo Affair, with John Hodiak, George Murphy, Frances Gifford, Dean Stockwell, Eve Arden, Warner Anderson, Lowell Gilmore, Michael Branden, Ruth Brady, Ruby Dandridge and Joan Woodbury. Screenplay by Arch Oboler, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Filming in Studio City

Photo: Mack Sennett and John A. Waldron with plans for new project. Credit: Los Angeles Times, June 26, 1927 Note: This is an encore post from 2011. North Hollywood really began growing in the mid-1920s, when farmers and ranchers began … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1929 First National picture Weary River, with Richard Barthelmess, Betty Compson, William Holden, Louis Natheaux, George Stone, Raymond Turner and Gladden James. Story by Courtney Riley Cooper. Screen version by Bradley King.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Bridge

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Though card games had been around for centuries, auction bridge was developed in 1904 as an alternative to whist. In 1925, Harold Stirling Vanderbilt developed rules, particularly for scoring, creating contract bridge. … 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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George Hodel: ‘Wings of Evil’

I’m told that Steve Hodel has published the last two volumes in his life’s work of accusing his father, George Hodel, of every unsolved killing between 1907 and 1999. The Black Dahlia Avenger has gone through countless revisions and updates … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ferragamo’s Hollywood Days

Long before becoming synonymous as one of the world’s top designers of haute couture footwear, Salvatore Ferragamo gained fame as shoe designer to Hollywood stars. Creating gorgeous and unique designs that also comfortably fit the wearer’s foot, Ferragamo put Hollywood … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1951 Twentieth Century-Fox picture Take Care of My Little Girl, with Jeanne Crain, Dale Robertson, Mitzi Gaynor, Jean Peters, Jeffrey Hunter, Betty Lynn, Helen Westcott, Lenka Peterson, Carol Brannon, Natalie Schafer, Beverly Dennis, Kathleen … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Steve Hodel’s Lies, Some Old, Some New

  To the Oct. 26, 2021, audience at the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Public Library who attended Duffy Hudson’s performance delivering the words of Steve Hodel: You should know that virtually everything you heard was a lie. The fault is not … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1951 Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger production of Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, with Moira Shearer, by permission of the Covent Garden Opera Trust, Ludmilla Tcherina, Ann Ayars, Pamela Brown, Leonide Massine, Robert Helpmann, Frederick … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Einar Petersen, Forgotten Artist

Image: Lobby of the New Rosslyn Hotel, showing murals by Einar Petersen. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Fame is an odd thing. An artist might be successful and popular in his lifetime and forgotten with the decades, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Crossword Puzzle

If you’re missing the mystery movie, here’s something to occupy your time. It’s a movie crossword puzzle. From 1933! If the clues are too small, here’s a link to the original. Good solving to you!

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