Category Archives: Film

Movieland Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

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Movieland Mystery Photo – Special Edition

Alan K. Rode sends along this undated mystery photo taken at the Warner Bros. commissary, showing Michael Curtiz, right, Howard Hawks, center, and a mystery fellow on the left. Any help in identifying our mystery chap would be much appreciated.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Don’t Be a Sucker’ Promotes American Values

  “Don’t Be a Sucker” is on YouTube.   Still as relevant today as when it was first produced over 70 years ago, the United States Army Signal Corps’ short “Don’t Be a Sucker” describes the founding principles of the … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1952 RKO film “At Sword’s Point,” with Cornel Wilde, Maureen O’Hara, Robert Douglas, Gladys Cooper, June Clayworth, Dan O’Herlihy, Alan Hale Jr., Blanche Yurka, Nancy Gates, Edmond Breon, Peter Miles, George Petrie and Moroni … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1943 RKO film “Seven Days Ashore,” with Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Marcy McGuire, Dooley Wilson, Gordon Oliver, Virginia Mayo, Amelita Ward, Elaine Shepard, Marjorie Gateson, Alan Dinehart, Miriam LaVelle, Margaret Dumont, Freddie Slack … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1943 MGM picture “Assignment in Brittany” with Pierre Aumont, Susan Peters, Richard Whorf, Margaret Wycherly, Signe Hasso, Reginald Owen, John Emery, George Coulouris, Sarah Padden, Miles Mander, George Brest, Darryl Hickman, Alan Napier, … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Another Entry in the George Hodel ‘Black Dahlia Avenger’ Franchise

Variety announces “One Day She’ll Darken.” While the rest of the world was consumed with the Senate vote on a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, my inbox exploded with news of a purported “Black Dahlia TV series.” Oh dear. This one … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1935 RKO film “She,” with Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack and Nigel Bruce, directed by Irving Pichel and Lansing C. Holden. With adaptation, continuity and dialogue by Ruth Rose, additional dialogue by … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Junius Estep and Alfred Lindstedt, Early but Forgotten Stills Photographers

Bessie Eyton by Junius Estep, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2015 In the early days of silent film production, moving picture companies promoted their brand names to consumers, selling films around the quality and … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1933 MGM picture “Fast Workers,” with John Gilbert, Robert Armstrong, Mae Clarke, Muriel Kirkland, Vince Barnett, Virginia Cherrill, Muriel Evans, Sterling Holloway, Guy Usher, Warner Richmond and Robert Burns, based on the play … Continue reading

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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: Today (July 13) is commonly mistaken for the “birthday” of the Hollywood Sign. An encore post from Mary Mallory sets the record straight. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Garden Court Apartments Offer Luxurious Living on Hollywood Boulevard

A postcard of the Garden Court Apartments, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $9.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2014 For decades, the elegant Garden Court Apartments represented high-class living for both aspiring and successful residents … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1945 Michael Powell – Emeric Pressberger film “I Know Where I’m Going!” Unfortunately, I cant do justice to the ingenious opening title sequence, but it should settle once and for all the recent … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘I’m the Guy’ – Rube Goldberg as Comic Performer

  The cover of “I’m the Guy” as a refrigerator magnet, available on EBay for $4.99. Long before newspaper humorists like Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry came on the scene, there was Rube L. Goldberg, Renaissance Man of entertainment. Cartoonist, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1935 MGM film “Mad Love,” based on the Maurice Renard novel “Les Mains d’Orlac,” translated and adapted by Florence Crewe-Jones, with Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive, Ted Healy, Sarah Haden, Edward Brophy, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1958 Anthony Mann film “God’s Little Acre,” starring Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Buddy Hackett, Jack Lord, Fay Spain, Vic Morrow, Helen Westcott, Lance Fuller, Rex Ingram, Michael Landon, Russell Collins, Davis Roberts, Janet … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Tsuru Aoki, Lotus Flower of the Cinema

  Tsuru Aoki, in Sunset magazine. Though long in the shadow of her more well known husband, Tsuru Aoki achieved just as great a fame as Sessue Hayakawa, with a life story as fascinating as any novel. Born in Japan … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1957 MGM film “Until They Sail,” with Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, Charles Drake, Sandra Dee, Wally Cassell, Alan Napier, Ralph Votrian, John Wilder, Tige Andrews, Adam Kennedy and Mickey … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Tennis Club, Society Racket

  The Los Angeles Tennis Club, Modern Screen, 1931-32.     Long a favorite activity of high society, tennis has been a way to fashionably exercise and enjoy time with friends for centuries. Los Angeles “in crowd” flocked to tennis, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery film has been the 1916 picture “The Half-Breed,” with Douglas Fairbanks, Frank Brownlee, George Beranger, Sam De Grasse, Jewel Carmen, Tom Wilson, Alma Rubens, Winifred Westover and Elmo Lincoln. It was directed by Allan Dwan, production supervisor … Continue reading

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