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Hollywood 1948: Stars Pick Their Biggest Movie Turkeys; Lizabeth Scott Calls ‘Dead Reckoning’ Her Worst Film

Aug. 25, 1948: Lizabeth Scott tells veteran Hollywood columnist Bob Thomas of the Associated Press: “I never did understand the character. Bogie was a baby. He was the only thing that made it possible to get through the picture.” Also, … Continue reading

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Oklahoma’s Executioner: Rich Owens

Note: This is an encore post that originally appeared in 2006. Ray Parr’s story about Rich Owens, the longtime executioner at McAlester State Penitentiary, has been knocking around my home office for ages, passed along by a former co-worker many … Continue reading

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Aug. 10, 1947: North Broadway Tunnel, Doomed Downtown Landmark

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Building contractor Robert Beryle regarded the 762-foot Broadway tunnel, excavated in 1901 through Fort Moore Hill, as his masterpiece. Another crew was building the 1,045-foot 3rd … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: True Detective, October 1948

A copy of the October 1948 issue of True Detective with a cover story on “The Black Dahlia Murders” has been listed on EBay. This is the magazine that got poor old Leslie Dillon in trouble. The article by George … Continue reading

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Out of the Past: An LAPD Cold Case From 1948

The northwest corner of Central and Manchester avenues, as shown on Google Earth. Notice the alley behind the stores. In nine years of blogging about Los Angeles, I have learned that families often launder the past and, understandably, murder is … Continue reading

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LAPD Scrapbook: Los Angeles Crime Down for 1948

January-February 1949 Here’s another item from the LAPD scrapbooks at the city archives: Los Angeles records a decrease in crime for 1948 compared to 1947, according to figures in the Pacific Coast International Law Enforcement News.

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Christmas on the Radio — Jack Benny

Jack Benny at the microphone, a photo listed on EBay for $9.97. Here are some of Jack Benny’s Christmas shows, courtesy of Archive.org. From 1936 | 1938 | 1941 | 1944 | 1947 | 1948

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Headline News

July 26, 1948 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer uiz time: What does this headline mean? It’s pretty clear we’re talking about baseball, but who are the Twinks and the Suds? The Twinks were a familiar headline name in The Times … Continue reading

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Carole Landis–RIP

  Photograph by the Los Angeles Times Carole Landis, July 27, 1937 Form 3.11 (Revised 10-3-47) DEAD BODY REPORT Type SUICIDE DR No. 486 592 Victim SCHMIDLAPP, Carole Landis (Mrs.) Residence Address 1465 Capri Dr., Pac Pal. Business Address Eagle … Continue reading

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Carole Landis–RIP

I discovered something interesting in trying to enhance this photo.   I was fiddling around with the contrast and brightness when the labels suddenly became readable — at least the larger type. Imagine my surprise. (No, I didn’t salvage this … Continue reading

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Carole Landis–RIP

Above, the photo of Carole Landis published in The Times. omeone was kind enough to send me a scan of this photo. Here are the items on the bathroom counter: a book of matches, a comb and several bottles. It’s … Continue reading

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Carole Landis–RIP

Above, the Carole Landis crime scene photo as it was published in The Times, July 6, 1948. nce again, here are our two detectives, John Laymen and Emmett Jones, looking at poor old Carole Landis on the bathroom floor. I … Continue reading

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Carole Landis–RIP

Photograph by the Los Angeles Times Here’s the overall shot again. So far nobody has mentioned the item almost in the center of the photograph. A piano bench and an old movie script. Voila! At first I thought it was … Continue reading

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Carole Landis–RIP

Los Angeles Times file photo Let’s break down the photograph by segments. First, we’ll  inventory everything on and around the bureau. Starting from the left, here’s the camera. I’ll leave to the experts to determine the precise model. My first … Continue reading

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Carole Landis–RIP

Photograph by the Los Angeles Times Detectives John M. Laymen, top, and Emmett Jones examine the body of actress Carole Landis in a bathroom (one of four) at her home at 1465 Capri Drive, July 5, 1948. Below, the approximate … Continue reading

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Feb. 10, 1948

  Yes, Cornero survived being shot. He died in 1955 at a Desert Inn crap table, $10,000 in the hole. Download the full page here: Download 1948_0210_cornero.jpg Email me

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Brenda Allen

    Photograph by Al Humphreys / Los Angeles Times Someone asked: Who was Brenda Allen? I imagine you’ve read something about her or more likely you have at least heard of her. This is Brenda (she also used the … Continue reading

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Location sleuth

Another shot from "Act of Violence," showing downtown Los Angeles.  

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Location sleuth

Note the neon sign for the Westlake Theatre.   Email me

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Architectural ramblings

Every day, I visit a friend who is recovering from cancer surgery at Glendale Memorial Hospital, so I took a short detour and visited the boyhood home of Caryl Chessman, the "Red Light Bandit."   Photograph by Larry Harnisch / … Continue reading

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