Category Archives: Hollywood

Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Castles on the Air

  Eve Golden’s biography of Vernon and Irene Castle. I am operating on the assumption that none of you have read my 2007 biography of Vernon and Irene Castle—that book laid an ostrich-sized egg. Three dogs and a cat bought … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated)

For Monday, we have a mystery guest.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: S.H. Woodruff and the Electrical Adobe House

A drawing of the electrical adobe home, Journal of Electricity, Jan. 15, 1921. Real estate brokers often look for a unique hook or gimmick on which to sell their developments. Any special amenity or feature which can grab headlines and … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Meine damen und herren, Viktor und Viktoria!

  Renate Müller in Viktor und Viktoria. I have never been a big Blake Edwards fan. The one time I encountered him he was very unpleasant, and even before that I’d never cared for most of his films—I feel his … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1965 film “Chimes at Midnight.” It is available from the Criterion collection on DVD and Blu-ray, and also released in bargain versions sold at Wal-Mart. By all means read E. Yarber’s insightful daily … 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. Originally constructed as a publicity gimmick and branding symbol to help generate sales for a real estate development, the Hollywood Sign is now a … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1934 Vitaphone short “Movie Memories,” one of many films to use that title. The film is a compilation of silent clips accompanied by a rather maudlin narration about deceased movie stars. It is not … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 6600 Hollywood Blvd. Then and Now

    Armstrong’s Cafe at 6600 Hollywood Blvd., courtesy of the California State Library. The evolution of one address can reveal the revitalization and resurgence of a growing neighborhood or the mass commercialization and bland homogeneity of a district. 6600 … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — The Gibbons-Del Rio House: Like Stepping Into a Dream

The Cedric Gibbons home, via Google Street View. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Celebrity has often been the cachet for creating style, fashion and cultural trends, especially with the advent of films. Stars wearing a particular designer’s … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1945 (copyright 1944) Paramount Pictures film “Murder, He Says,” with Fred MacMurray, Helen Walker, Marjorie Main, Jean Heather, Porter Hall, Peter Whitney, Mabel Paige and Barbara Pepper, making it a mini “Double Indemnity” … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Poor Judy Tyler. Poor ambitious, talented, dead Judy Tyler

  Los Angeles Times, July 5, 1957, Judy Tyler and her husband are killed in a car accident. There have been a lot of careers cut short just as they were starting: from Clarine Seymour to James Dean to the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Nirvana Apartments

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. A few months ago, a friend and I were walking up Orange Drive from the El Capitan Theatre to the Hollywood Heritage Museum and noticed a striking Japanese looking apartment building at … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1938 Twentieth Century-Fox film “Mr. Moto Takes a Chance.” The film is available on DVD from Amazon.

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Who Knew Dick Shawn Could Sing?

  A still of Dick Shawn and Renee Taylor in “The Producers,” listed as Buy It Now on EBay for $10. Note: Eve has discontinued her YouTube Theater, but has consented to have me post the entries she has already … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Paramount Pictures’ School of Acting Trains Junior Stars

  An ad for “Fascinating Youth.” How do you make a movie star? Can you mold virgin and unproven talent into respected and popular screen performers, or is stardom just a result of some undefinable yet unique charm, personality, or … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1956 film “The Wild Party,” with Anthony Quinn, Carol Ohmart, Arthur Franz, Jay Robinson, Kathryn Grant,  Nehemiah Persoff, Paul Stewart, Nestor Paiva, Maureen Stephenson, Michael Ross, James Bronte, William Phipps, Joe Green, Barbara Nichols … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Does 1971 Count As An ‘Old Movie?’

A scene from The Boy Friend. Note: Eve has discontinued her YouTube Theater, but has consented to have me post the entries she has already written. I hope so, because this is one of my half-dozen very favorite movie musical … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie – which turned out to be one of the most difficult I have ever posted – was the 1934 British musical “Evergreen.” The film stars Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Betty Balfour, Barry Mackay, Ivor Maclaren, Hartley … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood National Bank Watches History Go By

  Carol Hughes as photographed by Schuyler Crail, with Hollywood and Cahuenga in the background, courtesy of Mary Mallory. One of the most important and busiest intersections in Hollywood has always been that of Hollywood and Cahuenga Boulevards. The location … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  This week’s mystery movie has been the 1957 RKO film “All Mine to Give,” with Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, Rex Thompson, Patty McCormack, Ernest Truex, Hope Emerson, Alan Hale, Sylvia Field, Royal Dano, Reta Shaw, Stephen Wootton, Butch Bernard, … Continue reading

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