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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1932 Paramount picture “Million Dollar Legs,” with Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, Andy Clyde, Lyda Roberti, Susan Fleming, Ben Turpin, Hugh Herbert, George Barbier and Dickie Moore. By Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Henry Myers, … Continue reading

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Kissing, the Old-Fashioned Way

Note: This is an encore post from 2006.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 23rd San Francisco Silent Film Festival Salutes World Cinema

  “The Man Who Laughs” will screen May 30 at the Castro Theatre as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Image courtesy of the SFSFF. Bigger and better than ever, the 23rd Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1934 Soviet film “Jolly Fellows,” also known as “Moscow Laughs.” I chose it because it was shown last Sunday at the George Eastman Museum as part of its Nitrate Picture Show. “Jolly Fellows” … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Salutes the Written Word With Unique Programs

Martin Scorsese is presented with the first Robert Osborne Award for film preservation. In its ninth year of celebrating classic film, the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival highlighted the written word and how film speaks to audiences through a wide … Continue reading

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Time Clock

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1932 MGM picture “Polly of the Circus,” with Marion Davies, Clark Gable, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Hatton, David Landau, Ruth Selwyn, Maude Eburne, Little Billy, Guinn Williams, Clark Marshall and Lillian Elliott. From … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – ‘Letty Lynton’

  Image: May 18, 1932, “Letty Lynton” is opening in Los Angeles. Credit: Los Angeles Times Note: This is an encore post from 2011. In the novel “Letty Lynton” and the play “Dishonored Lady,” the heroine gets away with murder, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘None Shall Escape’ Is a Powerful Look at Justice

“None Shall Escape” in The Film Daily, 1944. On Friday, April 27, the TCM Classic Film Festival presents the rarely screened 1944 film “None Shall Escape,” a thoughtful film ahead of its time, as relevant today as when it was … Continue reading

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Alexa Foreman and ‘Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor’ Premieres at the TCM Classic Film Festival

Alexa Foreman, who was TCM’s head researcher for many years, will be featured in a Q&A session on her new movie, “Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor,” at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Blvd., on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been Shirley Clarke’s 1961 film “The Connection.” It features Freddie Redd on piano, Jackie McLean on saxophone, Michael Mattos on bass, Larry Richie on drums, Warren Finnerty, Jerome Raphael, Garry Goodrow, Jim Anderson, Carl Lee, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Erich von Stroheim’s ‘Paprika’

A copy of Erich von Stroheim’s “Paprika” inscribed to Hugo Ballin has been listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $875. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Famed director/actor Erich von Stroheim faced financial disaster in the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 20th Annual Hollywood Film Noir Festival Salutes L.A.

Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in “The Blue Dahlia,” which launched the festival.  Dark dives, shady dames, and sleazy P.I.s populate the sordid underbelly of the sunny City of the Angels in Noir City: Hollywood, the Film Noir Foundation’s 20th … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1956 MGM picture “Bhowani Junction,”  with Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger, Bill Travers, Abraham Sofaer, Francis Matthews, Marne Maitland, Peter Illing, Edward Chapman, Freda Jackson and Lionel Jeffries. The screenplay was by Sonya Levien … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 9th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival Salutes the Written Word

For the ninth consecutive year, the TCM Classic Film Festival returns to Hollywood, April 26 through 29, 2018, as it salutes “Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen.” The festival showcases classic films and stars on the big screen as they were … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’ at the Alex Theatre With John Bengtson

Charlie Chaplin, as Adenoid Hynkel, performs a balletic routine with a globe in “The Great Dictator.” John Bengtson, who has performed fabulous detective work in tracking down movie locations in early films, will introduce Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator”  at … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1941 RKO picture “Father Takes a Wife,” with Adolph Menjou, Gloria Swanson, John Howard, Desi Arnaz, Helen Broderick, Florence Rice, Neil Hamilton, Grady Sutton, George Meader, Mary Treen and Ruth Dietrich. The screenplay was … Continue reading

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1907: Eugen Sandow, Early Bodybuilder, Suggests Exercises for Women

Note: This is an encore post I wrote in 2006. In a 1907 article in the Los Angeles Times, Eugen Sandow offers this advice to women seeking to retain their youthful appearance, noting: “At first I thought it might seem … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland Opens

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. By the early 1920s, real estate development was booming all around Los Angeles. For decades, the city had boldly advertised itself as a mecca in which average citizens could earn their share … Continue reading

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