Category Archives: Hollywood Heights

Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – A Perfect Villain

Photo: “Rasputin and the Empress,” with Gustav von Seyffertitz, center, with Ethel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, John Barrymore, Tad Alexander and Lionel Barrymore. Photo listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $9.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. One of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Halifax Apartments at Crossroads of Boxing and Film

6376 Yucca Ave., via Google Street View. More than 98 years old, the Halifax Apartments at 6376 Yucca Ave. exists due to boxing and the movies. Built by Leach Cross, known as the “boxing dentist,” the apartment house served as … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hugo Ballin, L.A. Muralist

Photographs by Larry Harnisch / LADailyMirror.com Mural in the Los Angeles Times Globe Lobby, dated July 19, 1934, by Hugo Ballin Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Hugo Ballin is one of the greatest muralists in Los Angeles … 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: Clare West, Early Hollywood Costume Queen

With a background as mystifying as any Hollywood whodunit, modiste Clare West exploded on the scene as a film costume designer in the mid-1910s, the first person credited as a movie costume designer. Working with film greats for just over … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Ruth Harriet Louise

Photo: Aileen Pringle, photographed by Ruth Harriet Louise, listed on EBay at $49.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Motion picture production jobs both on and off the set have mostly been held by men throughout history, and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Constantin Bakaleinikoff

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Most people today probably haven’t heard of motion picture musical conductor Constantin Bakaleinikoff, but he was instrumental in setting up theatre orchestras around Los Angeles in the 1920s, before he became music … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Native Son’ Indicts Society

Richard Wright as Bigger Thomas in “Native Son.” Black writer Richard Wright chronicled racial and class prejudice in his intense, best-selling novel “Native Son” in 1940. The work remains a lightning rod, still timely and confrontational as well as profane, … 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 – ‘Convention City’

Jan. 11, 1934: “Convention City” opens at the Warner Bros. Hollywood and Downtown. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. The early days of the talkie film industry saw plenty of life situations covered realistically and explicitly on celluloid, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Valentino Statue Aspires to Greatness

Silent film lover and superstar Rudolph Valentino commanded the screen with his intense magnetism and sensuality. His untimely, tragic death in 1926 at the age of 31 gave him instant immortality, with thousands descending on the funeral home, church, procession, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights — ‘Julius Caesar’

Photo: Beachwood Canyon in a panorama from the Library of Congress. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Throughout history, people have come together to communally celebrate.  From groups worshipping at Stonehenge, rejoicing in Times Square at the end … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Story of Dr. Jenner’ Promotes Vaccination

Matthew Boulton as the physician who develops a cure for smallpox in MGM’s 1939 “The Story of Dr. Jenner.” For centuries, smallpox infestations caused massive deaths and disfigurings to civilizations. First appearing in agricultural communities around 10,000 BC, the disease … Continue reading

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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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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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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: 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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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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