Category Archives: Mary Mallory

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Norman Kerry, Preservationist

Norman Kerry in 1924. 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 Toluca Lake houses, silent film star Norman Kerry … 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: First National Building Banks On Hollywood’s Future

Hollywood First National Bank Building, Courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2014 Soaring to the skies, displaying confidence in Hollywood’s unlimited future, the First National Building, constructed and opened in 1928, brought Art Deco-Gothic beauty … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Commercial Photographers and Hollywood

Thanks to the work of often uncredited talented stills photographers during the era of classic Hollywood, movie stars appeared sexy, glamorous and larger than life, gods and goddesses the moviegoing public could only aspire to. These stills men and women … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The House of Westmore Beautifies Hollywood

Ann Sheridan promotes the House of Westmore. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. Since the 1920s, the Westmore family has served the entertainment industry as some of the greatest practitioners of makeup artistry. From leading studio makeup departments … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 4634 Santa Monica Blvd., Where History Was Made

Though today the home of Union Swap Meet, 4634 Santa Monica Blvd. once served as the location for pioneering director Lois Weber’s motion picture studio from 1917 through 1925. Ranking as one of the top three directors in 1915, Weber … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Celebrates Humanity

Just as today’s immigrants search for shelter and sanctuary, the films at the 24th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival featured protagonists pursuing their own refuge and safety through the dreams of opportunity, love, and home. Spanning the globe with … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Elks’ Temple Highlights Importance of Fraternal Organizations

The Elks Temple in an undated photo. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. Long a glamorous, outstanding example of Neo-Gothic Architecture and the powerful force of fraternal organizations, Los Angeles’ Elks’ Temple #99 still stands proudly at 607 … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘The Home-Maker’ Upends Gender Stereotypes

In the early 1920s, Universal purchased many popular novels and short stories for adaptation into motion pictures. Many of these were hugely popular and possessed giant name recognition with filmgoing audiences, while also focusing their stories on intimate human relationships, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Alberto Vargas Glorifies 1940s Young American Woman

Vargas poses with Kay Aldridge in a photo published in Cine-Mundial. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. “One day I will paint a Vargas girl so beautiful, so perfect, so typical of the American Girl, that I shall … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Film Festival Walks on the Dark Side

Humphrey Bogart in a Warner Bros. ad for “All Through the Night.” TCM threw a wild party for its 25th Anniversary on air and 10 years of honoring classic films with its just concluded TCM Classic Film Festival, a packed … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘The Signal Tower’ Faces Danger

“The Signal Tower” in Picture-Play Magazine. In 1923, Universal Studios handed Clarence Brown an opportunity to return to his youth by assigning him the film “The Signal Tower” to direct. A story of a railroad man directing train traffic and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Salutes Human Connection

Many rarely seen and newly restored films from all over the globe examining relationships and the human condition will screen May 1 through 5 at the Castro Theatre as part of the 24th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival. From … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 10th TCM Classic Film Festival Celebrates Love and Romance

The TCM Classic Film Festival celebrates not only the glories of film but also the joys of romance in its 10th annual festival April 11-14, 2019 in Hollywood. Highlighting the history of cinema from silents to Cinerama to serials to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 21st Film Noir Festival Highlights Tension-Filled 1950s

Take a walk back in time to the tension-filled, conspiracy-driven world of the 1950s during the 2019 Annual Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Kicking off Friday, March 29, the 21st annual festival examines the down and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — “ ‘Nice People’ Wear Mallory Hats”

Mallory hats, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Not many companies in the United States can claim over 100 years in business, especially clothing manufacturers, who must deal with so many unique variables, and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Clarence Brown Provides Quick Shave to King Gillette Ranch

King Camp Gillette dies at the age of 77 in 1932. He gave architect Wallace Neff free rein to built an expansive ranch in Calabasas, but only lived there for a few years before his death. Tennessean Clarence Brown reigned … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Mary Pickford Day

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Los Angeles in 1923 was a bustling, growing, optimistic place.  The town recognized all sorts of interesting people and topics, saluting them with their own days.  There were Raisin Day, Prune Day, … Continue reading

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

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 for establishing Lincoln Motion Picture Company in 1916, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: UCLA Festival of Preservation Features Newly Restored Films

Continuing its long tradition, UCLA presented its popular Festival of Preservation condensed into a mini film festival over one weekend, unlike those in the past spread out over a month. The selection covered the gamut of entertainment, from film noir … Continue reading

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