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About lmharnisch

I work at the Los Angeles Times

Movieland Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have this mysterious lady.

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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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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Edward A.D. Christopher Home Witnesses History

  The Edward A.D. Christopher home, photograph by Mary Mallory. With the speed of change in technology, transportation, and society, it’s often amazing that something historic survives. The Edward A. D. Christopher home at 11015 Aqua Vista Street in Studio … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Mephisto

  A postcard of Igo Sym listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $6. So I’m watching this 1927 German silent film, Café Elektric, starring Marlene Dietrich as a ne’er-do-well spoiled rich girl. And I am charmed by the … Continue reading

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Coming Events: Book Signing for ‘Hollywood at Play’

A book signing for “Hollywood at Play,” by Donovan Brandt, Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Larry Edmunds Bookshop at 6644 Hollywood Blvd.

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1931 Paramount film “The Smiling Lieutenant,” with Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Charlie Ruggles, Miriam Hopkins, George Barbier and Hugh O’Connell. The film was directed by Ernst Lubitsch, written by Ernest Vajda and Samson … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Cecil B. DeMille – Big Man on Campus

  Cecil B. DeMille meets students who will attend DeMille Junior High School, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Sept. 9, 1956. Schools are often named after historic or famous figures that offer inspiration, hope, and good examples to students of that neighborhood … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Castles on the Air

  Eve Golden’s biography of Vernon and Irene Castle. I am operating on the assumption that none of you have read my 2007 biography of Vernon and Irene Castle—that book laid an ostrich-sized egg. Three dogs and a cat bought … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1951 Twentieth Century-Fox film “Fixed Bayonets!” with Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O’Shea, Richard Hylton, Craig Hill and Skip Homeier. The film was written and directed by Samuel Fuller  from a novel by … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: S.H. Woodruff and the Electrical Adobe House

A drawing of the electrical adobe home, Journal of Electricity, Jan. 15, 1921. Real estate brokers often look for a unique hook or gimmick on which to sell their developments. Any special amenity or feature which can grab headlines and … Continue reading

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Musical-Political Theater by the Tucson Symphony in the Time of Trump

Tucson Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Markus Huber. Photo by René Achenbach. Note: This has nothing to do with Los Angeles or with history – except perhaps my own history as onetime classical music critic of the Arizona Daily Star. Feel … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Meine damen und herren, Viktor und Viktoria!

  Renate Müller in Viktor und Viktoria. I have never been a big Blake Edwards fan. The one time I encountered him he was very unpleasant, and even before that I’d never cared for most of his films—I feel his … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1965 film “Chimes at Midnight.” It is available from the Criterion collection on DVD and Blu-ray, and also released in bargain versions sold at Wal-Mart. By all means read E. Yarber’s insightful daily … Continue reading

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