Category Archives: Film

Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights — ‘Barbara Frietchie’

Photo: Filming “Barbara Frietchie.” Courtesy of Mary Mallory/Collections of the Margaret Herrick Library. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Thomas Ince, sadly more recognized today for his tragic, early death than for the fine films he created, was … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

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Mystery Movies 2020 in Review

Roy D’Arcy in “The Temptress,” one of 2020’s mystery movies. I used a different method in selecting last year’s mystery movies, relying on the trade papers available on Lantern in a systematic fashion. The films might seem iffy now, but … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Paris Inn Sings for Its Supper

From its beginnings, Los Angeles attracted dreamers and schemers looking to devise new, more successful lives. Early leaders practiced hucksterism and hyperbole to draw Midwesterners and others to the golden, promised land of sunny Southern California and its budding metropolis … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1931 MGM picture “The Sin of Madelon Claudet,” with Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton, Cliff Edwards, Jean Hersholt, Marie Prevost, Robert Young,  Karen Morley, Charles Wininger, Alan Hale, Halliwell Hobbes, Lennox Pawle and … Continue reading

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Mary Astor’s Lost Film ‘New Year’s Eve’

Note: This is an encore from January 2020. Since TCM is featuring Mary Astor, here’s a brief post on her lost movie “New Year’s Eve.” (A tip of the hat to Lou Lumenick, who tweeted about the movie on — … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1935 Warner Bros. film “The Florentine Dagger,” with Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay, C. Aubrey Smith, Henry O’Neill, Robert Barrat, Florence Fair, Frank Reicher, Charles Judels, Rafaela Ottiano, Paul Porcasi, Eily Malyon, Egon Brecher, Herman … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Mack Sennett’s Rose Parade Gag

Photo: “The Sleuths at the Floral Parade.” Credit: Mary Mallory, the Collections of the Margaret Herrick Library. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. The Tournament of Roses Parade is going on its 122th year, and grows more elaborate … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1934 Warner Bros. film “I Am a Thief,” with Mary Astor, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Robert Barrat, Irving Pichel, Hobart Cavanaugh, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Arthur Aylesworth, Florence Fair, Frank Reicher, John Wray and Oscar Apfel. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Christmas House Offers Simple Family Joys of Holiday Season

The Christmas House in Boyle Heights, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. Note: This is an encore post from 2019. Long before the inauguration of Instagram and trying to win social media by posting the most elaborate or flashy … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood and Poinsettias

A postcard c. 1908 of poinsettias, “California’s Christmas flower,” listed on EBay. Euphorba Pulcherrima, better known as the poinsettia plant, has been popular in Los Angeles since the late 1800s. Some call it flor de fuego (fire flower) or flor … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1939 RKO picture “The Marshal of Mesa City,” with George O’Brien, Virginia Vale, Leon Ames, Henry Brandon, Harry Cording, Lloyd Ingraham, Slim Whitaker, Joe McGuinn, Mary Gordon and Frank Ellis. Screenplay by Jack Lait … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Kills Himself

Can’t draw? You too can be a famous cartoonist. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Jan. 10, 1942:  Pearl Harbor survivor William Parks kills himself in San Francisco after going AWOL. “His note to his wife indicated that … Continue reading

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Navy Releases Accounts of Pearl Harbor

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Dec. 22, 1941: The Navy releases three personal accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack. Many acts of heroism are described, and these few lines shed more light on the presence of African … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1937 MGM picture “The Last Gangster,” with Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, Rose Stradner, Lionel Stander, Douglas Scott, John Carradine, Sidney Blackmer, Grant Mitchell, Edward S. Brophy, Alan Baxter, Frank Conroy and Louise Beavers. … 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: 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 – Max Davidson

Photo: Lillian Elliott and Max Davidson in “Call of the Cuckoo.” Note: This is an encore post from 2012. America has always been the land of immigrants. From when this part of the world was a mere colony to other … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1959 Walt Disney picture “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” with Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O’Dea, Kieron Moore, Estelle Winwood, Walter Fitzgerald, Denis O’Dea, J.G. Devlin, Jack MacGowran, Farrell Delly and … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery program was “Queen of the Orange Bowl,” which aired Jan. 13, 1960,  on the CBS anthology show “U.S. Steel Hour.” With Anne Francis, Johnny Carson, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Elizabeth Wilson and Robert Elston. Adapted for television … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1963 Universal-International picture “For Love or Money,” with Kirk Douglas, Mitzi Gaynor, Gig Young,  Thelma Ritter, Julie Newmar, William Bendix, Leslie Parrish, Richard Sargent, Elizabeth MacRae, William Windom, Willard Sage, Ina Victor, Amy Moore, … Continue reading

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