Category Archives: Mary Mallory

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – The Tale of the Alden Besse

Alden Besse, photographed by Asahel Curtis, Wikipedia Commons. Surviving tempests, fires, illness, auctions, lawsuits, and salvages, the old whaling ship Alden Besse saw many an exciting adventure over more than 59 years. A magnet for disaster, accidents, and adventure, the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Josef von Sternberg’s ‘Salvation Hunters’

Georgia Hale is The Girl in “The Salvation Hunters.” Note: This is an encore post from 2012. From the very beginning of his career, director Josef von Sternberg possessed an extraordinary vision for the art, look, and feel of his … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: M.E. Firman, Lady Detective

In the early 1900s, most women in the United States lacked the right to vote. Groups such as the National American Woman Suffrage Association organized to actively campaign for enfranchisement. Winning the vote would lead to other reforms regarding child … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Douglass Dumbrille, Suave Slickster

Douglass Dumbrille, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2014 Classic Hollywood studio films employed actors with striking faces and mannerisms as recognizable character types from the 1930s to the 1960s, giving a shorthand to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 960 Vine, Hollywood Market

El Rancho Super Mercado Carniceria, 960 Vine St., via Google Street View. Los Angeles has led the way in the evolution of shopping and markets, thanks to its fascination and acquisition of vehicles. Originally simple stores in the heart of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Venice Miniature Railway, Tourist Attraction and Realty Estate Promotion

A postcard showing Venice’s miniature railway, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. In the early 1900s, Los Angeles and environs were booming. Ballyhoo from groups like the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, railroads, the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Knickerbocker Hotel – a Survivor

The Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel in an undated photo from the Security Pacific Collection, housed at the Los Angeles Public Library. A little run-down today, the Knickerbocker Hotel at 1714 Ivar has survived scandal and notoriety to endure as one of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Oviatt’s

Photo: An Oviatt clock, listed on EBay in 2010. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Thanks to the motion picture industry here in Los Angeles, fine haberdashers and designers have sold elegant, tailored clothing to the rich and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Dick Grace, Hollywood’s Daredevil Sky Pilot

  Dick Grace in action. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Hollywood and aviation took off at about the same points in history, helping to put each other on the map. Early American aviators inaugurated the fledgling field … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Deja Vu All Over Again With COVID-19

For more than a month, most of the world has lived in a state of suspended animation as we all deal with the effects of COVID-19. Many are not following guidelines or procedures, griping about the situation, etc., seeming to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – George Hurrell

Glenn Ford and Evelyn Keyes in a George Hurrell portrait for “The Desperadoes” listed on EBay at $149.95. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Recognized for his gorgeously lit, glamorous images of movie icons, photographer George Hurrell is … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: William Pereira, Entertainment Architect

Elmer Balaban, left, Mary Martin and William L. Pereira, Boxoffice, Aug. 3, 1940. Almost a year to the day after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved funding to construct a new Peter Zumthor-designed building for the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Franklin Pangborn

Photo: Franklin Pangborn and an unidentified co-star. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. When 1930s Hollywood needed a seemingly organized and efficient bank or hotel manager who quickly became nervous and rattled, who better to turn to than … Continue reading

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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 – 1938 Floods Wreak Havoc on Los Angeles Area

  Flooding in North Hollywood, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Seventy-five years ago, a deluge of rain hit Los Angeles and the surrounding area, leading to massive floods and causing millions of dollars … 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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