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I work at the Los Angeles Times

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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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1932 MGM film “The Beast of the City,” with Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Peterson, Tully Marshall, John Miljan, Emmett Corrigan, Warner Richmond, Sandy Roth and J. Carroll Naish, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hillview Apartment Building Graces Hollywood Boulevard

  A postcard of the Hillview Apartment Building, from the California State Library. Long an elegant sight on Hollywood Boulevard, the Hillview Apartment Building’s (now the Hollywood Hudson Apartments) central location in Hollywood and its graceful look attracted entertainers of … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1952 RKO film “Blackbeard, the Pirate,” with Robert “Yarr” Newton, Linda Darnell, William Bendix, Keith Andes, Torin Thatcher, Irene Ryan, Alan Mowbray, Richard Egan, Skelton Knaggs, Dick Wessel, Anthony Caruso, Jack Lambert, Noel … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 940 N. Highland Ave. Salutes Animals

  940 N. Highland Ave. via Google Street View. Long a striking icon on Highland Avenue, 940 N. Highland Avenue’s attractive facade highlights the building’s original use as a dog and cat hospital. Simple and elegant, its sleek modernistic look … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Some People . . .

Ethel Merman in Gypsy on the cover of Playbill. So Barbra Streisand is still talking about playing Mama Rose in Gypsy. Now, I love Babs, but she is 74, and when Dainty June and Rose Louise went into vaudeville in … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1931 RKO picture “Millie,” based on the novel by Donald Henderson Clarke, directed by John Francis Dillon, produced by Charles R. Rogers, adapted by Charles Kenyon, with dialogue by Charles Kenyon and Ralph … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Hollywoodland’s Kanst Art Gallery

  Note: This is an encore post from 2013. The Hollywoodland housing development possessed many unique features when it opened in 1923. The neighborhood was the first themed housing development built on hillsides, the first to include a shopping center … Continue reading

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L.A. Times Recants 1942 Editorials on Internment of Japanese Americans

Feb. 21, 1942: The Times reports President Roosevelt’s executive order on the evacuation of Japanese Americans. Note the byline: Future Nixon booster Kyle Palmer. Feb. 19, 2017: The Los Angeles Times recants its 1942 editorials on the internment of Japanese … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Remembering ‘Severed’ Con Man John Gilmore

I promised I would tell a few tales about the late John Gilmore, author of “Severed.” It’s on L.A. Review of Books. (Though prone to exaggeration, Gilmore actually had a few small roles as an actor, including this 1960 appearance … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Theresa Harris

  An image of Theresa Harris from PM magazine, Oct. 29, 1949, listed on EBay for $60. Lena Horne was an angry, angry woman—she felt that if she’d been white she’d have had the career of Rita Hayworth or Doris … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Several members of the Brain Trust identified this week’s mystery movie as the 1946 film “The Verdict,” and with four good reasons: Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring and Rosalind Ivan. (And I could have thrown in Arthur Shields and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — AMPAS Awards Stills Photographers

“A close second as the Best Production Still Out-of-Doors, is this beautifully composed and lighted scene from “Song of Bernadette,” 20th-Century-Fox production, by Stax Graves,” Courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore of a post from 2014. Over … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Blossom Seeley — The Other Sophie Tucker

  Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields in a Vitaphone short.   TCM recently showed the fascinating pre-Code Broadway Thru a Keyhole, with an amazing cast including poor Russ Columbo Texas Guinan, and Blossom Seeley. Bizarrely, Blossom was not given a … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1973 film “Bad Charleston Charlie,” released by International Cinema Corporation, presented by Reno Carell, in association with Bad Charleston Charlie Associates. It was produced by Ross Hagen, directed by Ivan Nagy, with Ross … Continue reading

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