Category Archives: Hollywood Heights

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Larry Edmunds Bookshop Provides Film Education for More Than 75 Years

  Jeanne Moreau shoots a scene for the 1970 film “Alex in Wonderland,” starring Donald Sutherland, right, at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, from a catalog listed on EBay  Note: This is an encore post from 2016. The Larry Edmunds Bookshop has … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: George Ali, World’s Greatest Animal Impersonator

  George Ali in “Peter Pan.” Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Best remembered for portraying Nana the dog in Herbert Brenon’s 1924 film adaptation of “Peter Pan,” George Ali excelled at playing all types of animal characters … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Harriet Parsons, Hollywood’s First Female Studio Producer

The headline “Gal Producer” in Screenland reflects attitudes toward women in Hollywood. Virtually “born in a trunk” August 23, 1906, Harriet Parsons, the only child of John Dement and Louella Parsons, grew up surrounded by entertainment folk. A child performer, … Continue reading

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

Tsuru Aoki, in Sunset magazine. Note: This is an encore post from 2017. 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 … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 22nd Annual Noir City Hollywood Travels the World

Take a worldwide tour through sordid back alleys and danger-filled shadows in the 22nd Annual Noir City Hollywood, kicking off Friday at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre and running through March 15. Czar of Noir Eddie Muller and Film Noir Foundation Treasurer … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘That’s My Baby’ Promotes Popularity of Baby Peggy

Note: This is an encore post from 2018. Diana Serra Cary died Feb. 24 at the age of 101. Film studios often employed gimmicks as ways to build word of mouth, increase box office, and promote movie stars throughout the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: J.B. Rapp, Hollywood Pineapple Man

Long before the movie industry came to town, the little farming community of Hollywood grew crops that helped feed the state of California as well as the nation. Thanks to the climate and fertile soil, farms and ranches produced a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Newhallywood Film Festival Shines a Light on Silent Films

Over the Presidents Day weekend, Santa Clarita, the county Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum hosted the inaugural Newhallywood Silent Film Festival at the William S. Hart Museum, allowing people of all ages … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. Restoration Summit

An image from a Georges Melies film presented by Serge Bromberg at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s Restoration Summit. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.,  best known for hosting the Golden Globes, presented its second annual Restoration Summit February 15 and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Noble Johnson Emancipates African Americans With Lincoln Film Co.

Note: This is an encore post from 2019. Recognized for playing Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and Latinos in “King Kong,” “The Mummy,” “The Ten Commandments” and many others throughout his long film career, African American Noble Johnson achieved greater renown … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Case of the Clicking Heels, Part 2

  Hazel Glab In later life as Hazel Stoddard Note: In an encore post from 2015, this is Part 2 of the story of Hazel Glab, flamboyant flapper, whose husband, John, died under mysterious circumstances June 18, 1928, at 12744 … 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. Long renowned for its excellent documentaries and intelligent programming, KCET PBS SoCal premieres another strong work with its moving portrait of pioneering African American architect Paul R. Williams in “Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story.” … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Case of the Clicking Heels, Part 1

Hazel Glab’s mug shot. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. This story arises from Linda Hammonds asking for further information regarding a 1920s Spanish home that sits at 12744 Ventura Blvd. on the Facebook page SoCal Historic Architecture. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: L.A. Master Chorale’s ‘Sunrise’ Soars

Composer Jeff Beal provided new voice to F.W. Murnau’s lyrical silent film “Sunrise” on Sunday, Jan. 26, with a mystical, otherworldly score for chamber orchestra and the 40 voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Emphasizing the mysterious alchemy of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Oh Doctor’ Welcomes Prohibition

Popular culture often comments on social and political issues of the day when citizens have no other way to voice opinions, change policy, or confront government. During the early years of the 20th century, sheet music provided a running commentary … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Athletic Club Trains Filmdom’s Elite

The Hollywood Athletic Club, Photoplay, 1924. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. In the 1910s and 1920s, social clubs were all the rage in Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Many people immigrated to Southern California’s sunny shores pursuing … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Mack Sennett, Theater Owner

The Woodley Theatre, from Motography, July 14, 1917. Comedy king Mack Sennett recognized the self-promotion power of owning his own movie theater long before film studios owned theater chains or Netflix looked to acquire the Egyptian Theatre. In 1917, savvy … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Teddy the Dog, Mack Sennett’s Best Friend

Teddy the dog with a Mack Sennett bathing beauty, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. Guide, guard, and constant companion, the friendly dog is man’s best friend. Unswervingly loyal and supportive, canines give much … 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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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Pickford Headlines 1933 Rose Parade

Photo: Mary Pickford in the 1933 Rose Parade. Courtesy of Mary Mallory Note: This is a 2012 post with a slight update. The 131st Rose Parade is on Wednesday. Tomorrow sees the 124th annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena,  … Continue reading

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