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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Slavko Vorkapich

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Many people come from all over the world to try and make a new start in Hollywood, particularly in the film industry. Among these over the years have been many artists from … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Myrtle Gonzalez – Early Latina Movie Star

An autographed photo of Myrtle Gonzalez by the Martel-Carruthers studio, inscribed to Jean Herscholt, listed on EBay at $250 Mostly forgotten today because of her untimely death in the 1918 influenza epidemic, Los Angeles native Myrtle Gonzalez began singing and … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1947 Twentieth Century-Fox film The Brasher Doubloon, with George Montgomery, Nancy Guild, Conrad Janis, Roy Roberts, Fritz Kortner, Florence Bates and Marvin Miller. Screenplay by Dorothy Hannah. Adaptation by Lenoard Praskins. Based on a … Continue reading

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Found on EBay: ‘What Actors Eat (When They Eat!)’

A copy of the Lymanhouse cookbook “What Actors Eat (When They Eat!)” by Kenneth Harlan and Rex Lease has been listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $79.88. This book, by the L.A.-based publishing house, features recipes by movie … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Cinecon 57 – Brightening Days With Classic Film2

For the second year in a row, the Cinecon Classic Film Festival occurred virtually, bringing a respite from ongoing COVID struggles with entertaining and informative movies and television kinescopes. Overflowing with music, heart-tugging animals, and even issues society is wrestling … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1960 film Tunes of Glory, with Alec Guinness, John Mills, Dennis Price, Kay Walsh, John Fraser, Gordon Jackson, Duncan Macrae, Percy Herbert, Allan Cuthbertson, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Richard Leech, Gerald Harper and Peter McEnery. Introducing … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – the Photoplayer

Photo: Joe Rinaudo with his Fotoplayer.  Credit: Joe Rinaudo. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. For a short time in the 1920s, 8,000-10,000 photoplayers ruled the roost at medium-sized motion picture theaters. Basically organs with player piano rolls … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Cinecon 57 Opens Labor Day Weekend

Sequences from William S. Hart’s “Blue Blazes Rawden” will be shown at Cinecon 57. For those missing attending classic film screenings in person, the 57th Cinecon Classic Film Festival, the granddaddy of American vintage film fests, presents over 20 hours … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1956 film Patterns, with Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Beatrice Straight, Elizabeth Wilson, Joanna Roos, Valerie Cossart, Eleni Kiamos, Ronnie Welsh, Shirley Standlee, Andrew Duggan, Jack Livesy, John Seymour, James Kelly, John Shelly, … 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 studios to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Vice Raid and Early TV in Hollywood’s Biggest Storehouse

The Hollywood Storage Building as seen in Google Earth. Originally Los Angeles’ tallest building when opened in 1926, the Hollywood Storage Building at the southwest corner of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard towered over the rapidly expanding film city. … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1922 film Beyond the Rocks, with Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, Edythe Chapman, Alec B. Francis, Robert Bolder, Gertrude Astor, June Elvidge, Mabel Van Buren (which I’ve been reading as “Martin Van Buren” all week, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1944 Twentieth Century-Fox film Four Jills in a Jeep, with Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye, Mitzi Mayfair, Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, John Harvey and Phil Silvers. “Introducing Dick Haymes in his first … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Norvell, Astrologer to the Stars

Novell and Hedy Lamarr in Screenland. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines astrology as “the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1952 MGM comedy Young Man With Ideas, with Glenn Ford, Ruth Roman, Denise Darcel, Nina Foch, Donna Corcoran, Ray Collins, Mary Wickes, Bobby Diamond, Sheldon Leonard, Dick Wessel, Carl Milletaire, Curtis Cooksey, Karl Davis, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: How the Walk of Fame Was Born

Gigi Perreau and Linda Darnell, center, at the groundbreaking for the Walk of Fame, with Francis X. Bushman and Charles Coburn, right, in an L.A. Times photo. “Everyone needs a gimmick” goes a lyric in the musical “Gypsy,” and the … Continue reading

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‘Breakfast in Hollywood’ – Behind the Scenes

Mary Mallory sends along a promotional brochure from last week’s mystery movie Breakfast in Hollywood. Thanks, Mary!!

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1955 film The Big Knife, with Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen, Rod Steiger, Ilka Chase, Everett Sloane, Wesley Addy, Paul Langton, Nick Dennis, Bill Walker and Mike Winkelman. And Miss Shelley … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Brazil Touches Off Riot at 1932 L.A. Olympics

The Xth Olympiad hosted by Los Angeles from July 31 through August 14, 1932, overflowed with drama and intrigue in everything from finances to competition. None was as striking as the Brazilian team’s adventure in making it to California, using … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1946 film Breakfast in Hollywood, with Tom Breneman, Bonita Granville, Ray Walburn, Beulah Bondi, Billie Burke, Edward Ryan, Zasu Pitts, Hedda Hopper, Andy Russell,  Spike Jones and His City Slickers and the King Cole … Continue reading

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