Category Archives: Film

Movieland Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have the friendly folks at a pleasant little pub.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Sign Built and Illuminated November-December 1923

The Hollywoodland Sign, in a photo published in the Los Angeles Evening Herald, Dec. 8, 1923. Note: This is an encore post from 2017. Originally constructed as a publicity gimmick and branding symbol to help generate sales for a real … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Ivan Mosjoukine, the Man With the Piercing Eyes

Ivan Mosjoukine, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2013 featuring the star of last week’s mystery movie. Not as well known as other silent film stars like Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Buster Keaton or Rudolph … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1934 Vitaphone short “Art Trouble,” with Harry Gribbon, Shemp Howard, Beatric Blinn and Leni Sengel. Writted by Jack Henley and Dolph Singer, photographed by E.B. DuPar, directed by Ralph Staub. According to the trades, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – ‘I Lost My Girlish Laughter’

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. The book is being republished Nov. 5, 2019, by Vintage. Stories about Hollywood have always been popular among American readers. Early fan magazines included fictional stories about the crazy and glamorous life … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1926 Albatros Cinegraphic film “Feu Mathias Pascal” (“The Late Mathias Pascal”), story by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Marcel l’Herbier, interpreted by Ivan Mosjoukine, Marcelle Pradot, Lois Moran, Marthe Belot, Pauline Carton, Irma Perrot, M. … Continue reading

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A Reminder From Pier Angeli and Friend

Pier Angeli and her little friend remind Daily Mirror readers to turn back their clocks this Sunday.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Spooky, Ooky Witch’s House Haunts Beverly Hills

A sketch of the “The Witch’s House” by Charles Owens from “Nuestro Pueblo,” courtesy of Mary Mallory Note: This is an encore post from 2013.   Once upon a time, home design and architecture saluted fantasy and make-believe, and not … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sixth Street Chocolate Shop Offers Sweet Treats

A still from “The Hope Chest,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2014 Serving both sweet and medicinal purposes, chocolate has been served up as a special treat since at least 1900 BC and continues … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1959 film “The Devil’s Disciple,” with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Janette Scott, Eva Le Gallienne, Harry Andrews, Basil Sydney, George Rose, Neil McCallum, Mervyn Johns, David Horne, Erik Chitty, Allan Cuthbertson, Percy … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1956 film “The King and Four Queens,” with Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols, Sara Shane, Roy Roberts, Arthur Shields and Jay C. Flippen. Also starring Jo Van Fleet. Photographed in CinemaScope, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: David O. Selznick and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek

Madame Chiang in a film clip at the Hollywood Bowl, beginning at the 4:22 mark on a newsreel posted on YouTube. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Seventy years ago, film producer David O. Selznick staged an over-the-top … Continue reading

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Scotty Bowers 1923 – 2019 | Liar to the Stars

Scotty Bowers has left the building. Reminder: Everything he said is a lie. An encore post from 2018. Scotty Bowers’ mountain of lies is not the hill I care to die on. But be assured that he has told a … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1942 Twentieth Century-Fox film “The Man Who Wouldn’t Die,” with Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Helen Reynolds, Henry Wilcoxon and Richard Derr. Executive Producer Sol M. Wurtzel. Screenplay by Arnaud d’Usseau, based on a novel … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1959 Twentieth Century-Fox film “The Man Who Understood Women,” with Leslie Caron, Henry Fonda, Cesare Danova, Myron McCormick, Marcel Dalio, Conrad Nagel, Edwin Jerome, Harry Ellerbe, Frank Cady, Bern Hoffman and Ben Astar. Screenplay … Continue reading

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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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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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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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