Category Archives: Film

Sept. 21, 1907: 26 Men Deported to China

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 21, 1907 Los Angeles It is one thing to know in the abstract about racial intolerance at the turn of the 20th century and quite another to have to read it … Continue reading

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Sept. 20, 1947: Marie ‘The Body’ McDonald Marries Karl the Shoe Man

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Marie (The Body) McDonald, 23-year-old film actress, last night was married to Harry Karl, 33, shoe merchant, in a quiet civil ceremony at the home of … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

For Monday, we have a mystery gent. He does not approve of such goings-on.

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Brian De Palma’s ‘The Black Dahlia’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Further note: Rotten Tomatoes, gives this film 32% on the Tomatometer. “The Black Dahlia,” directed by Brian De Palma, screenplay by Josh Friedman based on the novel by James Ellroy. Starring Josh … Continue reading

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On Location in Los Angeles: ‘The Unfaithful’ (1947)

Here’s the sequence of shots in “The Unfaithful” showing Angels Flight, photographed by Ernest Haller, edited by Alan Crosland Jr. In image No. 1, we have a news vendor and the upper entrance to the funicular.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 54th Annual Cinecon Goes to the Movies

A fascinating look at what middle America saw at the movies from the 1910s through the 1950s, the 54th Annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival provided an excellent slate of films running the gamut from silents to sound, musicals to westerns, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1948/1950 Warner Bros. film “Backfire,” with Viveca Lindfors, Dane Clark, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O’Brien, Gordon MacRae, Ed Begley, Frances Robinson, Richard Robert, Sheila Stephens and David Hoffman. Screenplay by Larry Marcus, Ivan Goff … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Charlie Ruggles, Dog Lover

Befuddled and often tongue-tied onscreen, beloved character actor Charlie Ruggles possessed sharp business and organizational skills off screen. He parlayed a love of dogs into a profitable kennel business for several years in the 1930s and 1940s, working to ensure … Continue reading

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Sept. 10, 1907: Horoscope — ‘A Very Uncertain Day’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 10, 1907 Los Angeles A very uncertain day. No evil omens glare anywhere but in all aspects there lies a heavy veil, defying those who would peer into this day. Beware, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sessue Hayakawa, Author

Sessue Hayakawa in Cine Mundial. Long renowned as one of the most mesmerizing, exotic actors of the silent screen, Sessue Hayakawa and his piercing eyes and sensual mouth stole women’s attentions and minds. Born in Japan, the son of aristocratic … Continue reading

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Sept. 4, 1947: Red Influences in Hollywood!

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Among the celebrities declining an invitation to discuss Communists in Hollywood was Hedda Hopper, and her column expands on the number of Red-influenced films in Hollywood … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1947 Warner Bros. picture “The Unfaithful,” with Ann Sheridan, Lew Ayres, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Jerome Cowan, Steven Geray and John Hoyt. Original screenplay by David Goodis and James Gunn, photography by Ernest … Continue reading

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Aug. 31, 1947: Herbert Kline Shoots ‘Palestine’s First Feature Film Drama’

Note: My original post from 2005 on the 1947project was essentially a transcription of the 1947 L.A. Times story. Kline died in 1999. The film was released as “Beit Avi.” More on the film here.

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Raymond Chandler Was 5-9, in Case You Ever Need to Know

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 54th Annual Cinecon Celebrates the Movies

For filmgoers looking for the rare and unusual, the 54th Annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival opens Thursday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, with a cornucopia of silent and sound films, many unseen since their original release. Featuring newly restored … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1954 MGM picture “Betrayed,” with Clark Gable (his last film at MGM), Lana Turner, Victor Mature, Louis Calhern, O.E. Hasse, Wilfrid Hyde White, Ian Carmichael, Niall MacGinnis, Nora Swinburne and Roland Culver. Screenplay … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: A Guide to the Homes of Famous Black Entertainers

Hattie McDaniel’s home at 2203 S. Harvard. Ethel Waters lived almost across the street, the Sentinel said. Via Google Street View.   The home of composer William Grant Still, 3670 Cimarron St., via Google Street View. Aug. 21, 1947: Sentinel … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Heavyweight Fighter George Godfrey, ‘The Black Shadow of Leiperville,’ Dies at 50

Aug. 21, 1947: In the newspapers, he was “The Black Shadow of Leiperville,” “The Black Baron of Leiperville,” “The Black Giant of Leiperville,” “The Black Shadow of Los Angeles,” or just “Giant Negro.” Born in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 25, 1897, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been 1958/59 film “Das Indische Grabmal” or “The Indian Tomb.”  With Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Claus Holm, Walther Reyer, Sabine Bethmann, Rene Deltgen, Inkijinoff, Jochen Brockmann, Richard Lauffen, Jochen Blume and Helmut Hildebrand. From the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Bert Longworth and ‘Hold Still, Hollywood’

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. In the last forty years, movie collectors and photography connoisseurs have recognized the art and value of Hollywood still photography, most particularly in the gloriously lit and composed portraits of glamorous stars. … Continue reading

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