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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times

March 1977: Body of Boxing Manager Howard Steindler Found on Ventura Freeway

Note: I’m still catching up with posts from the blog when it was at latimes.com. This post about the unsolved killing of Howard Steindler originally appeared in 2009 and is available via Archive.org.  

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March 5, 1959: Blinded by Bullet, Officer Shoots Gunman Who Killed Partner

Note: I’m way behind on revisiting old blog posts but here’s one I especially like. It’s a little story about  LAPD artist Ector A. Garcia. Garcia also published a paperback “Portraits of Crime” in 1977. It’s a bit hard to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Salutes Human Connection

Many rarely seen and newly restored films from all over the globe examining relationships and the human condition will screen May 1 through 5 at the Castro Theatre as part of the 24th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival. From … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1973 American Film Theatre production of “The Iceman Cometh,” with Lee Marvin, Fredric March, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges, Bradford Dillman, Sorrell Booke, Hildy Brooks, Nancy Juno Dawson,  Evans Evans, Martyn Green, Moses Gunn, Clifton … Continue reading

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April 3, 1957: Matt Weinstock

And here’s what the Daily Mirror looked like when debuted at the latimes in 2007. Matt Weinstock’s complete column is here.

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1932 Warner Bros. film “Big City Blues” with Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Jobyna Howland, Ned Sparks, Guy Kibbee, Grant Mitchell, Walter Catlett, Inez Courtney and Thomas Jackson, based on a play by Ward Morehouse, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Open Secret’ a Timely Tale of Tolerance

TCM tackles a vital subject with its screening of the motion picture “Open Secret” during the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival April 11-14. 2019. As timely now as when it was first released in 1948,“Open Secret” promotes religious and racial … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Steve Hodel’s Lies on ‘Dr. Phil’; A Case Study

Would you like to see how Steve Hodel lies about things that can be easily checked? Of course you would. This is a graphic that appeared during Steve Hodel’s appearance on “Dr. Phil.” It’s helpful, at least for me, for … Continue reading

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 7

In case you just tuned in, I’m slowly going through a set of photos of the wedding of two men in Philadelphia in 1957. The film was left at a shop to be developed and the store manager refused to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 10th TCM Classic Film Festival Celebrates Love and Romance

The TCM Classic Film Festival celebrates not only the glories of film but also the joys of romance in its 10th annual festival April 11-14, 2019 in Hollywood. Highlighting the history of cinema from silents to Cinerama to serials to … Continue reading

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Hollywood Photography at Auction: George Hurrell and Cecil Beaton

Gary Martin of the Brain Trust passes along word of several lots of photos being auctioned by Swann Auction Galleries. The auction is April 18. He notes Lot 91, a set of 10 signed photographs by George Hurrell, including Anna … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1959 film “The Last Angry Man,” with Paul Muni, David Wayne, Betsy Palmer, Luther Adler, Claudia McNeil, Joby Baker, Joanna Moore, Nancy R. Pollock, Billy Dee Williams, Robert F. Simon and Dan Tobin. Screenplay … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 21st Film Noir Festival Highlights Tension-Filled 1950s

Take a walk back in time to the tension-filled, conspiracy-driven world of the 1950s during the 2019 Annual Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Kicking off Friday, March 29, the 21st annual festival examines the down and … Continue reading

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 6

If you just tuned in, I’m digging into the 1957 photos of a wedding of two men in Philadelphia. The film was left at a photo shop and the manager refused to return the pictures, which were saved by a … Continue reading

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 5

This is the last interior shot accompanying the photos of the 1957 wedding of two men in Philadelphia. Let’s see if we can detect anything that may shed some light on our mystery guests. Previously: Part 1 | Part 2 … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + + +)

Last week’s mystery movie was the 1940 MGM picture “Dulcy,” with Ann Sothern, Ian Hunter, Roland Young, Reginald Gardiner, Billie Burke, Lynne Carver and Dan Dailey Jr. Screenplay by Albert Mannheimer, Jerome Chodorov and Joseph A Fields, based on a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — “ ‘Nice People’ Wear Mallory Hats”

Mallory hats, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Not many companies in the United States can claim over 100 years in business, especially clothing manufacturers, who must deal with so many unique variables, and … Continue reading

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 4

Here is another interior shot from the film showing the wedding of two men in 1957. This image, alas, doesn’t seem to have as much information. Let’s take a closer look. Previously: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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Black Dahlia: Did George Hodel Kill His Secretary? Another Steve Hodel Lie

Steve Hodel claims repeatedly in his “Black Dahlia Avenger” franchise that his father, George Hodel, killed his secretary, Ruth Spaulding. It’s even in Wikipedia.

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 3

In case you just tuned in, I’m exploring a series of photos taken in 1957 of a wedding between two men. The photo shop refused to return the photos, which were saved by a store employee and sold on EBay … Continue reading

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