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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times

Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1924 MGM picture “The Red Lily.” The new credits list “an original story written and directed by Fred Niblo.” Modern credits: Ramon Novarro, Enid Bennett (note: Niblo’s wife), Frank Currier, Mitchell Lewis, Risita Marstini, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Yamashiro

Photo: A postcard of the Bernheimer house, listed on EBay at $6. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. In Japanese, Yamashiro means castle on the hill. Standing in its original 1914 location, Yamashiro restaurant, the elegant dowager at … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Halloween Is Coming – Rethink Your Choices

Seriously. Dressing up like the victim of a grotesque murder doesn’t honor Elizabeth Short – or you.

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1966 Proteus Films release “The Shooting,” with Will Hutchins, Millie Perkins, Jack Nicholson, Warren Oates, Charles Eastman, Guy El Tsosie, Brandon Carroll, B.J. Merholz, Wally Moon, William Mackleprang and James Campbell. Photography by Gregory … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — A. L. ‘Whitey’ Schafer Simplifies Portraits

“Thou Shalt Not,” “Whitey” Schafer’s most famous image. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. In the very early days of the motion picture industry, stills photographers meant nothing to the moving picture companies. They asked their feature cameramen … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Halloween Costumes – Rethink Your Choices

Time for my annual reminder: Dressing up like the victim of a gruesome murder isn’t cool. It isn’t hip, not even ironically. Reconsider your choices; you still have time to be Harley Quinn or Mad Moxxi. Or for a change, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1932 RKO picture “State’s Attorney,” with John Barrymore, Helen Twelvetrees, Jill Esmond, Ralph Ince, William Boyd, Albert Conti, Mary Duncan, Frederick Burton, C. Henry Gordon, Paul Hurst and Oscar Apfel. Associate producer James Kevin … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: North Hollywood Federal Savings and Loans Funds Business and Housing

North Hollywood Federal Savings and Loan, 1961, Valley Times Collection, L.A. Public Library. Originally designed to serve as a combination bank and office building, the former North Hollywood Federal Savings and Loan building at Riverside Drive and Lankershim Boulevard in … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1933 (copyright 1934) Universal picture “Counsellor at Law,” with John Barrymore, Bebe Daniels, Doris Kenyon, Isabel Jewell, Melvyn Douglas, Onslow Stevens, Thelma Todd, Clara Langsner, J. Hammond Dailey, Mayo Methot, Bobby Gordon, Malka Kornstein, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Cinecon 55 Gets Hep to Fun Entertainment

A post for “Get Hep to Love,” listed on EBay at $17.98. The recently concluded 55th Annual Cinecon Film Festival featured a little something for every type of film lover, playing everything from silents to documentaries, television kinescopes, Vitaphone shorts, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Committee for the First Amendment Defends Free Speech

Herbert Biberman, one of the Hollywood 10, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. In times of social uncertainty and economic malaise, those in fear often turn to discriminating, finger pointing, blame and stonewalling, claiming … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1949 Twentieth Century-Fox picture “The Fan,” with Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll, George Sanders, Richard Greene, Martita Hunt, John Sutton, Hugh Dempster, Richard Ney and Virginia McDowall. Screenplay by Walter Reisch, Dorothy Parker and Ross … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Samuel S. Hinds, Pasadena Playhouse Founder, Movie Actor

Samuel S. Hinds, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Some people are lucky enough to work in a profession doing something they love, offering both pleasure and satisfaction. Others work at jobs that allow … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1952 promotional film “Flight to the Future … to the World of Plastics,” or “The Wonderful World of Plastic,” as we’ve been calling it around the Daily Mirror HQ. With Noel Neill, Robert Lowery, … Continue reading

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‘Cobra Woman’ Is a Man, Autopsy Reveals

This is one reason I love the old newspapers. From the April 16, 1946, the Wilmington Daily Press Journal..

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s movie was the 1949 Warner Bros. picture “Flaxy Martin,” with Virginia Mayo, Zachary Scott, Dorothy Malone, Tom D’Andrea, Helen Wescott, Douglas Kennedy, Elisha Cook Jr., Douglas Fowley and Monte Blue. Written by David Lang, photographed by Carl Guthrie, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Chateau des Fleurs Provides Elegant French Style

6626 Franklin Ave., via Google Street View. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. Hollywood, California, exploded in population during the late 1910s and early 1920s with the influx of moving picture companies arriving in town and people looking … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1956 MGM picture “The Opposite Sex,” with June Allyson, Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan,  Ann Miller, Leslie Nielsen, Jeff Richards, Agnes Moorehead, Charlotte Greenwood, Joan Blondell, Sam Levene, Harry James, Art Mooney, Dick … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Shaw and Lee, ‘Nut’ Comedians

A still of Shaw and Lee from “The Beau Brummels” is featured in the promotional material for a special program honoring the 90th Anniversary of Vitaphone at TCM’s Classic Film Festival. Note: This is an encore post from 2016. Long … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Asshats on South Norton Avenue — No. 4

Still another person thinks it’s fun to sprawl in the grass near the Black Dahlia crime scene, demonstrating a remarkable lack of taste but also complete lack of information: She’s in the wrong spot. Previously: Asshats on South Norton Avenue … Continue reading

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