Category Archives: 1937

L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Brooklyn Cocktail

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Yes, the Manhattan cocktail once had competition from drinks named for the other boroughs. Here’s a recipe for the Brooklyn Cocktail, from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 7, 1937. The Brooklyn Cocktail as … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Senor Wences and ‘History Is Made at Night’

  I received a couple of comments about my statement on the mystery movie “History Is Made at Night” regarding the appearance (or non-appearance) of ventriloquist Senor Wences – or at least the appearance/non-appearance of his left hand. So I … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ – The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 47

Jay Dratler in a photo from the jacket of his novel “The Pitfall,” listed on EBay at $245. In his discussion of the making of “Laura” in “Behind the Scenes,” film scholar Rudy Behlmer quickly dispenses with Jay Dratler, who … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Brooklyn Cocktail

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Yes, the Manhattan cocktail once had competition from drinks named for the other boroughs. Here’s a recipe for the Brooklyn Cocktail, from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 7, 1937. The Brooklyn Cocktail as … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 12

The fur coat — all that remains of Vera Caspary’s original story “Easy Living” — lands on Jean Arthur in Preston Sturges’ script. In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Brooklyn Cocktail

Yes, the Manhattan cocktail once had competition from drinks named for the other boroughs. Here’s a recipe for the Brooklyn Cocktail, from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 7, 1937. The Brooklyn Cocktail as made by Brad Dewey consisted of Two … Continue reading

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Christmas on the Radio — Fred Allen and Jack Benny

A photo of Jack Benny, left, and Fred Allen from “Love Thy Neighbor,” listed on EBay at $14.80. Christmas with Fred Allen and guest Jack Benny, from 1937, courtesy of Archive.org.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Nostalgic View Of Hollywood’s Santa Claus Lane

Carol Hughes as photographed by Schuyler Crail, courtesy of Mary Mallory. For decades, motion picture studios churned out thousands of motion picture still photographs — candids, scene stills, off-camera shots, and portraits — to employ as free advertising for films … Continue reading

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Vice Cop Kills Robber in Botched Holdup at the Roost

June 26, 1953: A big, screamer headline in The Times. Glenn Elbert Kingsbury, shot in the chest by an LAPD vice officer, staggered backward into the Roost Cafe, which he had just robbed, and collapsed on the floor, moaning: “Oh … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 15

Dec. 28, 1937: Betty Braun Healy meets with Dist. Atty. Buron Fitts over her allegations about the death of Ted Healy. At the conclusion of the conference, she agreed that Healy had died of natural causes. (Los Angeles Examiner, Dec. … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 14

Dec. 28, 1937: Dist. Atty. Buron Fitts has a conference with Betty Braun Healy and her attorney to answer her allegations about Ted Healy’s death. (Los Angeles Herald-Express) In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 13

Dec. 24. 1937: Betty Braun Healy disputes the autopsy results in the death of Ted Healy. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 12

Dec. 23, 1937: Ted Healy’s funeral, as reported in the Daily News. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a Wikipedia entry claiming that … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 11

Dec. 25, 1937: Ted Healy “never learned to save money.” (Los Angeles Examiner) In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a Wikipedia entry claiming … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 10

Dec. 22, 1937: Ted Healy in the Los Angeles County morgue, photographed by the Daily News. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 9

Dec. 23, 1937: The Los Angeles Examiner gets an exclusive interview with Albert Broccoli about his encounter with Ted Healy at the Trocadero. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 8

Dec. 22, 1937: “Beating of Ted Healy Told in Death Probe,” in the Los Angeles Daily News. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 7

Sept. 20, 1934: The Cafe Trocadero opens at “8610 Boulevard de la Sunset.” Before going further into the death of Ted Healy, I thought it would be interesting to look at the club where the incident occurred,  The Trocadero, which … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 6

After the breakup: Betty Braun Healy with Stan Laurel in “Our Relations” (1936). In case you just tuned in: We have been focusing on the life of Betty Braun Healy, Ted Healy’s first wife. She is the only one to … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 5

Dec. 28, 1937: A photo of Betty Braun Healy in the Daily News. In case you just tuned in, I have spent a long time dissecting the death of comedian Ted Healy, starting with the yarn about him being beaten … Continue reading

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