Category Archives: Television

Black Dahlia: ‘Horror at the Cecil Hotel’

Just a quick reminder, since Investigation Discovery aired the first episode of “Horror at the Cecil Hotel” last night. There is nothing to show that Elizabeth Short (“the Black Dahlia”) ever set foot in the Cecil Hotel. She was last … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Keye Luke

Image: “Just a Little Longer,” illustrated by Keye Luke for Harold Weeks Melody Shop. Credit: Mary Mallory.   Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Keye Luke, the talented and respected Chinese American actor, is probably best known to … Continue reading

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RIP Robert Osborne (1932 – 2017)

  Robert Osborne, the always affable TCM host, has died at 84 after years of declining health. TCM Remembers Robert Osborne (video). Los Angeles Times. Variety. Washington Post. New York Times profile.

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Black Dahlia: Remembering ‘Severed’ Con Man John Gilmore

I promised I would tell a few tales about the late John Gilmore, author of “Severed.” It’s on L.A. Review of Books. (Though prone to exaggeration, Gilmore actually had a few small roles as an actor, including this 1960 appearance … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: ‘Green Acres’ was genius. I will not entertain counter-arguments

Arnold the Pig in a musical moment. Too many people think of Green Acres as just another hick sitcom, like Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies (though to be fair, The Beverly Hillbillies could sometimes be genuinely funny). But Green … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror Christmas Buying Guide: Scary Clown Clock to Terrify Baby Boomers

Photo of the Abbotwares Bozo clock via EBay. If you are tired of misty-eyed Baby Boomer nostalgia, this may be for you. I have written before about Abbotwares radios (often rendered as Abbotware). You may recall “Atwater Kent’s Love Child … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: I Have Such a Crush on Bill Goodwin

  A still of Bill Goodwin, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $17.50. Among my unlikely crushes is Bill Goodwin, an actor whose name is pretty much forgotten today. He was good-looking in an ordinary-guy sort of way; … Continue reading

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‘Mad Men’ Props Auction June 1

Props from “Mad Men,” including Peggy Olson’s moving box, are going up for auction June 1. More info here.

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How I Almost Killed Garry Shandling

This would be a much funnier story if Garry Shandling were still alive, but if he were, I wouldn’t be telling it. I was partially responsible — in a roundabout way — for nearly killing Garry back in the 1970s. … Continue reading

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Gary Shandling: A Tour of L.A. Comedy Clubs in 1981

I rarely dig into my old clips, but here is my feature on Garry Shandling, who died today at the age of 66, from the Arizona Daily Star, Nov. 24, 1981. The ending isn’t exactly mine; it was altered  by … Continue reading

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Jan. 16 in L.A. History

Jan. 16, 1910: The Times recaps Aviation Week.   A Week of Aviation Triumphs, Jan. 16, 1910 Library Officials May Remove Books on Making Alcohol, Jan. 16, 1920  TV Writers Go on Strike Over Residuals, Jan. 16, 1960 Matt Weinstock, … Continue reading

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‘Valley of Gwangi’ on TCM Dec. 29!

Set your DVRs! TCM is airing “The Valley of Gwangi” on Dec. 29 at 9:45 a.m. (ET). Like “King Kong,” only it’s a dinosaur. With cowboys!

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What’s Up at TCM?

TCM’s showing of “At Sword’s Point” on Friday, part of its tribute to the late Maureen O’Hara, was preceded by what may be the oddest Robert Osborne introduction I have ever seen. Bob was taped against a black background and … Continue reading

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Julian Bond: Video of 1968 Democratic National Convention

This is how I think of Julian Bond: At the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago (notice the shots of Mayor Richard J. Daley) being nominated for vice president, but too young to hold the job. (Yes, Bond is talking … Continue reading

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Watts Riots: Rare Video of Marquette Frye

My good friend Tony Valdez aired part of an interview with Marquette Frye last night as part of Fox 11’s coverage of the Watts riots. The arrest of Frye by CHP officers is what touched off the riots in 1965. … Continue reading

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Notes on AT&T’s ISB7500 – And an Important Warning

Behold the ISB7500. Notice the LINK light is lit. That means it’s connected to the gateway. If it isn’t, the DVR won’t play back movies you have recorded.  We recently said goodbye to our latest VIP2250 DVR, which we burned … Continue reading

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Documentary: Glen Creason and the ‘Map House’

Alec Ernest has made a short documentary for the Los Angeles Review of Books about our friend Glen Creason, the map specialist at the Los Angeles Public Library, and the incredible “map house” of John Feathers. I played a very … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: From the Archives, 1998

  One of my projects while on sabbatical is digitizing my old videotapes. And look what I found!

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A Question for the L.A. Daily Mirror Brain Trust

“Deadline” was a television show that premiered in Los Angeles on May 17, 1962, hosted by Paul Stewart, whom you may recall as Raymond in “Citizen Kane.” Drop me a line if you have any copies of the show. Thanks.

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Not on Netflix in February 2015: Dr. Who

Best of Netflix reports that Classic Dr. Who (1964-1989) and Dr. Who (2005-2012) will be removed from Netflix streaming in February 2015.

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