Category Archives: Film

Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated)

For Monday, we have a mystery gent  

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Equitable Building Double Art Deco Pleasure on Hollywood Boulevard

Superimposed photograph showing the Bank of Hollywood building as it will appear with the completion of the 12-story annex, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory.   One of Hollywood’s first height limit buildings, the lovely Equitable Building, has proudly stood at … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hats Off to Black-Foxe Military Institute

Note: This is an encore post from 2013.   Long before there were Tiger Moms, many parents stressed discipline and hard work to their school-age children. Boys were often enrolled in military prep schools to learn discipline, rigor and fortitude … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been the 1931 RKO picture “Consolation Marriage,” with Irene Dunne, Pat O’Brien, John Halliday, Myrna Loy, Lester Vail and Matt Moore.  It was produced by William LeBaron, directed by Paul Sloane, with scenery and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Character Actor Spec O’Donnell Lights up the Screen

  Spec O’Donnell and Maxine Tadacome, Exhibitors Herald, 1923.   Long a favorite of classic film fans for his infectious grin and mischievous onscreen personality, Walter Davis “Spec” O’Donnell gained fame for the explosion of freckles which covered his face. … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1951 RKO picture “The Whip Hand,” with Carla Balenda, Elliott Reid, Edgar Barrier, Raymond Burr, Otto Waldis, Michael Steele, Lurene Tuttle, Peter Brocco, Lewis Martin, Frank Darien and Olive Carey. The screenplay was … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1939 Warner Bros. picture “Women in the Wind,” with Kay Francis, William Gargan, Victor Jory, Maxie Rosenbloom, Eddie Foy Jr., Sheila Bromley, directed by John Farrow, from a screenplay by Lee Katz and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: California Sunshine Lures Filmmakers in 1910

  Downtown Los Angeles in 1906, contrasting it with the destruction in the San Francisco earthquake. While romantic stories proliferate of how early independent filmmakers in the 1910s traveled to Los Angeles to escape the patents men of the Motion … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ravished Armenia and the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

  A still from “Auction of Souls,” in the Washington Times. Note: This is a post from 2015. For more than 120 years, Armenians have seen slaughter and death at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and the Turks. In … Continue reading

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‘Smart Girls Don’t Talk’ Special Mystery Photo

  Our mystery guest from last Monday is identified in IMDB as Mike Lally. But is he? B.J. Merholz says no. B.J. writes: Monday’s Croupier is not Mike Lally. I knew Big Mike during his last thirty years and Little … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: K.O. Rahmn, Mary Pickford’s Photographer

  Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in “The Taming of the Shrew,” photo by K.O. Rahmn, from Close Up. Probably the only actor/stills photographer in early Hollywood, K. O. (Knute Olaf) Rahmn worked for Kalem Co. at its Glendale studio … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1950 MGM picture “Two Weeks – With Love,” with Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Phyllis Kirk, Carleton Carpenter, Debbie Reynolds, Clinton Sundberg. The screenplay was by John Larkin and Dorothy … Continue reading

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June 24, 1946: What Was the First Talkie You Saw?

“I thought talking pictures was a novelty that could never last — like miniature golf.” — George Karg “It was certainly an improvement over the silent pictures.” — Mrs. Edna Helsing. From the Inquiring Camera Girl, Maryon Zylstra, Chicago Tribune, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Turns 90

  The opening of “King of Kings at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Photo courtesy of Bruce Torrence. Still ready for its close-up, the TCL Chinese Theatre, originally Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, turns 90 on May 18, looking as glamorous and exotic as … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s surprisingly difficult mystery movie has been the 1948 Warner Bros. picture “Smart Girls Don’t Talk,” with Virginia Mayo, Bruce Bennett, Robert Hutton, Tom D’Andrea, Richard Rober, Helen Wescott and Richard Benedict. It was written by William Sackheim, photographed … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Classic Film Festival Salutes Preservation

  While the TCM Classic Film Festival’s official theme for 2017 saluted comedy, the underlying thread running through this year’s festival seemed to be preservation. Featuring everything from nitrate screenings to preservation talks to archivist introductions, the Festival saluted vintage … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1962 MGM picture “Billy Rose’s Jumbo,” with Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante and Martha Raye, Dean Jagger, Joseph Waring, Lynn Wood, Charles Watts, James Chandler, Robert Burton, Wilson Wood, Norman Leavitt, Grady … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Nelson Evans, Hollywood’s Early Forgotten Portrait Photographer

Photo: Nelson Evans Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Unlike the theatrical world, the early motion picture industry was slow in recognizing the importance of photographs to help publicize and sell its films. While Broadway producers hired great … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie (and sadly, a fairly poor print) has been the 1939 British film “Spy in Black,” the debut of “the Archers”: director Michael Powell and writer Emeric Pressburger. It featured Conrad Veidt, Sebastian Shaw and Valerie Hobson, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Buster Keaton’s ‘The Italian Villa’

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Buster Keaton seemed to have it all in the mid-1920s. His career was riding high, as the public loved his film comedies, making him one of America’s top film personalities. He had … Continue reading

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