Category Archives: 1932

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: Clarence Brown Provides Quick Shave to King Gillette Ranch

King Camp Gillette dies at the age of 77 in 1932. He gave architect Wallace Neff free rein to built an expansive ranch in Calabasas, but only lived there for a few years before his death. Tennessean Clarence Brown reigned … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1932 Warner Bros. film “Lawyer Man” with William Powell, Joan Blondell, David Landau, Helen Vinson, Claire Dodd, Alan Dinehart and Allen Jenkins. Screenplay by Rian James and James Seymour, based on the novel “Lawyer … Continue reading

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Feb. 29, 1932: Body Found in Closet of Vacant Home

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Nailed up in the closet of an unoccupied house at 2318 Pontius Ave.., West Los Angeles, the body of Tomas Moreno, 43-year-old Japanese, was discovered yesterday … Continue reading

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From 1937: A Rape Victim’s ‘Night of Horror’

And here’s where we go down the research rabbit hole from the L.A. Sentinel, 1947: The California Venereal Disease Control Act of 1937. Which brings us to “California and Western Medicine,” July to December 1937.

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – ‘Letty Lynton’

  Image: May 18, 1932, “Letty Lynton” is opening in Los Angeles. Credit: Los Angeles Times Note: This is an encore post from 2011. In the novel “Letty Lynton” and the play “Dishonored Lady,” the heroine gets away with murder, … Continue reading

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Olympics: Scenes From the 1932 Los Angeles Games

Several years ago, I bought a group of German images showing the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and the 2016 Rio Games seemed like a good time to share them.

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L.A. Becomes New York: ‘Three on a Match’ (1932)

After I posted a photo of Ann Dvorak’s Duesenberg in the 1932 film “Three on a Match,” John Bengtson noted that the school scenes were filmed at Los Angeles High School on Fort Moore Hill. “Three on a Match” is, … Continue reading

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‘Three on a Match’ — Ann Dvorak’s Duesenberg

I finally saw “Three on a Match,” which was on TCM yesterday. And I’m crazy about Ann Dvorak’s Duesenberg town car. What a set of wheels. In this shot, Joan Blondell and Bette Davis are drooling over it.

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Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + + )

The world turns while the RKO Pathe rooster stands still. Go figure. This is “Panama Flo,” with Helen Twelvetrees, Robert Armstrong and Charles Bickford. The movie opened Jan. 19, 1932, in New York. The New York Times said: “The story … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 4

Jan 28, 1932: Betty Braun Healy sues Mary Brown Warburton for alienation of affection, via the Milwaukee Journal. The most interesting person in the whole Ted Healy drama is his first wife, Betty Braun, his former vaudeville partner. Everyone else … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – ‘Los Angeles in Blockprint’

Here’s a stunning discovery. You may recall the saga of Everett Ruess, the young vagabond artist, photographer and poet who vanished in 1935 while exploring southern Utah and whose life remains an inspiration for people intoxicated with the romance of … Continue reading

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Sex Mysteries Demonstrated With Living Artist Models

  July 24, 1932: Cartoonist Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale puts Miss Los Angeles in the midst of a dazzling array of national stereotypes for the 1932 Olympics (note that Mexico is in a sombrero … and is Japan wearing a … Continue reading

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Tip Poff, July 17, 1932

        July 17, 1932: I’ve been meaning to post some of the Tip Poff  gossip columns that The Times used to run in the movie/drama pages of the 1930s. The Times experimented with the column and by … Continue reading

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Remembering Elizabeth Taylor: 1932 – 2011

    Feb. 6, 1945: “National Velvet” opens in Los Angeles.       Photograph by John Malmin/Los Angeles Times   March 27, 1957: Michael Todd poses with Elizabeth Taylor after “Around the World in 80 Days” won the Academy … Continue reading

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Google — Don’t Be Annoying

    Last summer, I posted an item about “Los Angeles in 7 Days,” a guidebook written for the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. I was happy to discover that the book had been scanned by Google and placed online. … Continue reading

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Spring Street revisited

Above, the Nadeau Hotel (sometimes called the Hotel Nadeau) at Spring and 1st streets (now the site of The Times Building), in an undated drawing. An early ad for a business in the Nadeau, 1889. Photograph by the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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