Category Archives: World War II

Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1943 MGM short “Inflation,” with Edward Arnold, Horace (Stephen) McNally, Esther Williams and Vicky Lane. Original story by E. Maurice Adler and Julian Harmon. Screenplay by Gene Piller and Michael Simmons. Photography by Henry … Continue reading

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ALLIES INVADE FRANCE! JUNE 6, 1944; Complete Radio Coverage

The headline and map by Charles Owens from The Times. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Reposting to fix some broken links. June 6, 1944: Complete radio coverage of the D-Day Invasion. This was pool coverage using correspondents … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1944 film “The Sullivans” or “The Fighting Sullivans,” with Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle, Edward Ryan, Trudy Marshall, John Campbell, James Cardwell, John Alvin, George Offerman Jr., Roy Roberts and Ward Bond. Screenplay … Continue reading

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Navy Releases Accounts of Pearl Harbor

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Dec. 22, 1941: The Navy releases three personal accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack. Many acts of heroism are described, and these few lines shed more light on the presence of African … Continue reading

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L.A.’s Views on Pearl Harbor Attack

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Dec. 8, 1941: The Times interviewed average Angelenos (if there is such a thing) for their opinions about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Many, like Horace Goodrich, thought the U.S. would … Continue reading

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A Firsthand History Lesson on Pearl Harbor

Note: This is a repost from 2011. In 1962, I was a seventh-grader at Washington Junior High School in Naperville, Ill. On Dec. 7, Mr. Humbert, our social studies teacher, put aside the regular curriculum to give his young pupils … Continue reading

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L.A. Celebrates a Wartime Thanksgiving, 1943

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. A wartime Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, with many service personnel welcomed into people’s homes for a holiday meal. The Times published cooking tips for war workers, advising cooks who were otherwise engaged … Continue reading

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ALLIES INVADE FRANCE! JUNE 6, 1944; Complete Radio Coverage

The headline and map by Charles Owens from The Times. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Reposting to fix some broken links. June 6, 1944: Complete radio coverage of the D-Day Invasion. This was pool coverage using correspondents … Continue reading

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War Cancels Rose Parade, Dec. 14, 1941

Note: This is a post from 2011. Dec. 14, 1941: The Rose Parade is canceled and the Rose Bowl – between Duke and Oregon State – is moved to Durham, N.C. The streets of Pasadena were oddly quiet on New … Continue reading

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A Firsthand History Lesson on Pearl Harbor

Note: This is a repost from 2011. In 1962, I was a seventh-grader at Washington Junior High School in Naperville, Ill. On Dec. 7, Mr. Humbert, our social studies teacher, put aside the regular curriculum to give his young pupils … Continue reading

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L.A. Celebrates a Wartime Thanksgiving, 1943

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. A wartime Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, with many service personnel welcomed into people’s homes for a holiday meal. The Times published cooking tips for war workers, advising cooks who were otherwise engaged … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: David O. Selznick and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek

Madame Chiang in a film clip at the Hollywood Bowl, beginning at the 4:22 mark on a newsreel posted on YouTube. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Seventy years ago, film producer David O. Selznick staged an over-the-top … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1952 Twentieth Century-Fox picture “5 Fingers” (often rendered “Five Fingers”) with James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Walter Hampden, Oscar Karlweis, Herbert Berghof, John Wengraf, A. Ben Astar and Roger Plowden. Screenplay by Michael … Continue reading

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ALLIES INVADE FRANCE! JUNE 6, 1944; Complete Radio Coverage

The headline and map by Charles Owens from The Times. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Reposting to fix some broken links. June 6, 1944: Complete radio coverage of the D-Day Invasion. This was pool coverage using correspondents … Continue reading

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Jan. 14, 1939: Thousands at St. Vibiana’s Hold Vigil for World Peace

Jan. 13, 1939: About 4,000 worshipers attend a Perpetual Novena for Our Sorrowful Mother at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral. People knelt in the aisles, in the doorways and outside praying for peace and for relief of the poor, The Times says.. … Continue reading

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Jan. 12, 1959: Paul Coates Confidential File — East L.A. War Hero Plotted to Kill Batista

Jan. 12, 1959: Paul Coates has the story of Guy Louis Gabaldon, a war hero raised in East L.A. who claimed to have plotted to assassinate Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista. Gabaldon was raised by the parents of a Japanese American … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: 6 Reasons Dr. George Hodel Didn’t Kill Elizabeth Short — No. 4 Clinic Served Poor Blacks of Bronzeville

Los Angeles, May 25, 1944: At a Shinto shrine near City Hall, Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron, second from left, Dr. George M. Uhl and Nicola Giulli of the city housing authority talk to black residents of Bronzeville. Courtesy of the … Continue reading

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Dec. 18, 1947: Jacobowicz Brothers, Orphaned in Holocaust, Arrive in L.A. (Also Turkey Stuffing With Fritos)

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. The Jacobowicz brothers—Karl, 16, Joseph, 13, and Rudolph, 10—stood on the metal ramp leading from the gleaming airliner that carried them on the final leg of … Continue reading

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L.A. Celebrates a Wartime Thanksgiving, 1943

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. A wartime Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, with many service personnel welcomed into people’s homes for a holiday meal. The Times published cooking tips for war workers, advising cooks who were otherwise engaged … Continue reading

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Roosevelt Declares Early Thanksgiving

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Nov. 9, 1941: Amid the gathering clouds of World War II, President Roosevelt declares what will be the last peacetime Thanksgiving. Noting American aid to nations fighting the Axis, Roosevelt says: “Let … Continue reading

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