Category Archives: Hollywood Heights

Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Keye Luke

Image: “Just a Little Longer,” illustrated by Keye Luke for Harold Weeks Melody Shop. Credit: Mary Mallory.   Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Keye Luke, the talented and respected Chinese American actor, is probably best known to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Central Library Murals

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Los Angeles was a growing metropolis in the 1920s, looking forward to a prosperous future. As such, newly designed municipal buildings reflected the glory and success of the West’s shining city. Griffith … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Julian Eltinge Says ‘I’m at Your Service, Girls’

Note: This is an encore post from 2016.   One of the most famous female impersonators of all time, but now also one of the most forgotten, Julian Eltinge stood as one of the most successful headliners of the early … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sada Cowan, Screenwriting Pioneer

Sada Cowan and writing partner Howard Higgin in 1925, Exhibitors Herald. Women made an integral contribution to the early silent film industry in all areas, both behind and in front of the camera. Without their presence, the field could not … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Charles Fang – Pioneering Chinese American Actor

Charles Fang, Exhibitors Herald, November 11, 1922. At a time when Chinese born in the United States could not become citizens, could be easily deported, and were prevented from immigrating to this country due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, Charles … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival at 25

After a two-year absence, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary May 5 through 11 at the Castro Theatre with a melange of films providing a feast for the eyes and the emotions. Thoughtful programming toured the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Norman Kerry, Preservationist

Norman Kerry in 1924. Note: This is an encore post from 2019. Long before billionaire investor Ron Burkle purchased and restored such historic architectural properties as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis-Brown House, Harold Lloyd’s Greenacres, and Bob Hope’s Palm Springs and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: New Books Examine Film Noir, the Mankiewicz Brothers and Women in the Movies

Over the last several months, a plethora of film books have been released, examining Golden Age Hollywood up close or at large, offering something for everyone from experienced cinephiles to new film fans. Some come from TCM hosts or others … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ida May Park Finds Direction in Films

Ida May Park in Photoplay. Note: This is an encore post from 2018. Virtually forgotten today, Los Angeles-born Ida May Park earned the distinction of being one of the first women to direct feature films in early Hollywood, as well … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Classic Film Festival Salutes Hollywood’s Golden Age

After a two-year absence due to the Covid pandemic, the TCM Classic Film Festival triumphantly returned to Hollywood, four-day nirvana for vintage film fans. The festival joyfully celebrated classic cinema, screening mostly 35-millimeter film prints on the big screen the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – ‘Auction of Souls’

Photo: June 23, 1919, “Auction of Souls.” Credit: Los Angeles Times Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Los Angeles has long been a haven for refugees and artists, particularly those fleeing political and militaristic struggles.  As early as … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Classic Film Festival Returns to the Big Screen

The TCM Classic Film Festival welcomes movie fans as it returns to Hollywood after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The festival features something for everyone, whether it’s star appearances, new film restorations, classics films, and even special programming. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Noir City Packs a Modern Punch

Noir City Hollywood, with hosts Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode, is back, hitting town with a vengeance Friday with stunning photochemical restorations and 35-millimeter prints after an almost two-year absence due to the pandemic. The hard-boiled, driving lineup features … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland Opens March 31, 1923

An ad for Hollywoodland, October 1923. On March 31, 1923, owners of a new hillside development in the Hollywood Hills called Hollywoodland announced the opening of their elaborate new tract in stories run in Los Angeles and Hollywood newspapers. For … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Crossword Mama, You Puzzle Me

“Cross Word Puzzle Mama, You Puzzle Me,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Recording of “Cross Word Puzzle Mama.” Note: This is an encore post from 2014. The 1920s were a decade of fads. Everything from mah jongg, radio, bridge, golf, solitaire … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Gladys Rosson, DeMille’s Right-Hand Woman

Gladys Rosson in the Salt Lake City Tribune, 1940. Larger than life film director Cecil B. DeMille surrounded himself with intelligent, strong women at home and work to keep his empire running. Impressed with his mother’s thoughtfulness and drive, a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Erte and the Movies

Nov. 3, 1925: Romain de Tirtoff — also known as Erte — with Carmel Myers. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. In 1925, Romain de Tirtoff, better known under the pseudonym Erte, was one of the most highly … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Mabel Fairbanks, Wonder Girl of the Ice

Mabel Fairbanks in the California Eagle, Nov. 8, 1945. Knockout African American ice skater Mabel Fairbanks wowed audiences from the 1940s through the 1960s. A true natural, she exuded joy and happiness twirling and gliding upon the ice. While extremely … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Hollywood’s Architect | The Paul R. Williams Story’ – A Moving Portrait of Renowned Black Leader

Courtesy of KCET/PBS SoCal. Note: This is an encore post from 2020. The documentary is online here. Long renowned for its excellent documentaries and intelligent programming, KCET PBS SoCal premieres another strong work with its moving portrait of pioneering African … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – United Artists Theatre

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Los Angeles and Hollywood have been the Mecca and Medina of movies, where their acolytes came to worship, work and learn in the teens and 1920s.  After making movies, reverent places of … Continue reading

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