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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times

Black Dahlia: ‘Horror at the Cecil Hotel’

Just a quick reminder, since Investigation Discovery aired the first episode of “Horror at the Cecil Hotel” last night. There is nothing to show that Elizabeth Short (“the Black Dahlia”) ever set foot in the Cecil Hotel. She was last … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: T.L. Tally – L.A.’s Pioneer Film Exhibitor, Part 1

  Feb. 17, 1916: Thomas “T.L.” Tally in the Los Angeles Herald Los Angeles has stood at the forefront of not only motion picture production, but the fields of exhibition and distribution as well. Former Texan T. L. (Thomas Lincoln) … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Piu Eatwell’s ‘Black Dahlia, Red Rose’ – A Name to Remember

Donald Freed in Piu Eatwell’s “Black Dahlia, Red Rose.” There are many names and many claims in Piu Eatwell’s new book, “Black Dahlia, Red Rose,” but the most important for our purposes is that of Donald Freed, a very pleasant … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – ‘Napoleon’

Photo: The trailer for the restored version of Abel Gance’s “Napoleon.” Credit: San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. In the mid-1920s, the world was looking for inspiration on how to live passionately, doggedly … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been the obscure 1939 Paramount film “The Great Victor Herbert,” with Allan Jones, Mary Martin, Walter Connolly, Lee Bowman, Susanna Foster, Judith Barrett, Jerome Cowan and John Garrick. The screenplay was by Russel Crouse … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Piu Eatwell’s ‘Black Dahlia, Red Rose’ – A Bad Beginning

Given the brevity of human life, I don’t plan to do a line-by-line debunking of Piu Eatwell’s upcoming book “Black Dahlia, Red Rose.” Longtime readers may recall my labors over Donald Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files,” which lasted for months. … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1947 Universal picture “Ride the Pink Horse,” with Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, Andrea King, Thomas Gomez, Fred Clark, Art Smith, Richard Gaines, Rita Conde, Iris Flores and Tito Renaldo. The screenplay is by … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Brand Library

“Aerodrome Replacing Country-House Garage,” Illustrated London News, Oct. 29, 1921, Courtesy of Mary Mallory   Note: This is an encore post from 2012 Unique thematic architectural homes stand out all around the Los Angeles area, like Yamashiro and Frank Lloyd … Continue reading

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L.A. Philharmonic Opens Season — Glitter and Be Gay, but With Mozart

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s opening night program with a souvenir bit of golden film, one of thousands of pieces showered on the audience at the end of the performance. Tuesday’s opening night of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2017-18 season concluded … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Asshats on South Norton Avenue — No. 3

And in our continuing coverage of people being asshats at the Black Dahlia crime scene, we have today’s entry. Really, folks, does this seem like a good idea? Also: Black Dahlia: Asshats on South Norton Avenue Black Dahlia: Asshats on … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Asshats on South Norton Avenue — No. 2

Sprawling on the ground at the Black Dahlia crime scene has apparently become a thing. Here’s another asshat. People like this are one reason I quit giving Black Dahlia tours. Also: Black Dahlia: Asshats on South Norton Avenue.

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Black Dahlia: Asshats on South North Avenue

Asshats like this are one reason I quit giving tours of the Black Dahlia crime scene. I don’t know which operator was responsible for this tour, but whoever it was, you need to do a better job riding herd on … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Studio City Goes to the Dogs

  Matchbook courtesy of Mary Mallory. Pets bring happiness to people’s lives, giving unconditional love and support, truly man’s best friend. From the beginning of time, pets have served an integral part of people’s lives, shown off and treated as … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1962 film “Advise and Consent,” starring Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith, Eddie Hodges, Paul Ford, George Grizzard, Inga Swenson “and … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Gen. Otis’ ‘Death Car’ Rides Again

Photo: Times President Gen. Harrison Gray Otis. Credit: Press Reference Library, 1912 Evidently the folks at Esotouric (nee “The Crime Bus”) have neglected their homework when it comes to the bombing of The Times, judging by a recent story. Which … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Leslie Dillon, Paul De River and the LAPD – Part 5

Dr. J. Paul De River analyzes accused killer R. Bernard Finch based on the left and right sides of his face in the Jan. 27, 1960, Herald-Express. In case you just tuned in, we’re exploring some of the topics dealt … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1931 Fox film “Don’t Bet on Women,” with Edmund Lowe, Jeanette MacDonald, Roland Young, J.M. Kerrigan, Una Merkel and Helene Millard. It was directed by William K. Howard, screenplay and dialogue by Lynn … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Mack Sennett and Studio City’s Central Motion Picture District

    Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Eighty-five years ago, the Mack Sennett Studio opened at 4024 N. Radford in Studio City. The studio functioned as a magnet in hopes of drawing other film production companies and … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Leslie Dillon, Paul De River and the LAPD – Part 4

Feb. 24, 1949: Leslie Dillon files a claim against the city of Los Angeles for the LAPD’s massive screw-up in the Dahlia case. And yes, he collected.   Dear [redacted], a Comcast user from Spokane, Wash. I’ll say it again: … Continue reading

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