Tag Archives: 1951

Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1951 MGM picture “The Law and the Lady,” with Greer Garson, Michael Wilding, Fernando Lamas, Marjorie Main, Hayden Rorke, Margalo Gillmore, Ralph Dumke, Rhys Williams and Natalie Schafer. Screenplay by Leonard Spigelgass and Karl … Continue reading

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Long Beach: Cyclone Racer in ‘Half Angel,’ Part 3

In this sequence, our romantic leads dash out of the Cyclone Racer.

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Long Beach: Cyclone Racer in ‘Half Angel,’ Part 2

Cut to Cyclone Racer, which closed in 1968. Our romantic leads go for a ride on a roller coaster, being 1950s symbolism at its best. The bored operator is Edwin Max. The sign in the background appears to say: “Hold … Continue reading

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Long Beach: Cyclone Racer in ‘Half Angel,’ Part 1

Here’s the Cyclone Racer sequence in “Half Angel,” last week’s mystery movie, that begins about the 32-minute mark. Joseph Cotten and Loretta Young are promenading along what is probably a Twentieth Century-Fox set, judging by the lighting. Editing by Robert … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1951 Ealing Studios film “The Man in the White Suit,” with Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough, Ernest Thesiger, Vida Hope, Howard Marion Crawford, Miles Malleson, Henry Mollison, Patric Doonan and Duncan … Continue reading

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A Walk in L.A., 1951

Note: This is a video I made in 2005 using clips from a police training film.

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Larry Gelbart’s Rare ‘My L.A.’ Revue – Found on EBay

I rarely brag about a find on EBay, but this is something special. This is sheet music from the ultra-obscure 1951 musical revue that took its title from Matt Weinstock’s “My L.A.” The production  — note the name of Larry … Continue reading

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Harvey Glatman: The Early Years — Part 4

Aug. 26, 1946: Harvey Glatman is arraigned, published in the Knickerbocker News of Albany, N.Y. In case you just tuned in, I did quite a bit of research on the early years of serial killer Harvey M. Glatman for an … Continue reading

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Christmas on the Radio — Dragnet ‘.22 Rifle for Christmas’

From the radio version of “Dragnet,” Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough) on the case of a missing 9-year-old boy in “.22 Rifle for Christmas.” From 1949 | From 1950 | From 1951 | From 1952 (with … Continue reading

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Farewell to Old Los Angeles

The old Plaza area as drawn by Times artist Charles Owens. Along with the demolition to make way for Union Station, historic buildings between the Plaza and Union Station were torn down in February 1951. Oct. 22, 1933: I came … Continue reading

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Christmas past

Aug. 13, 1952 Los Angeles  Photograph by Gordon Wallace / Los Angeles Times Police Lt. Harry Fremont denies mistreating a prisoner in the Dec. 25, 1951, "Bloody Christmas" police beatings.  Fremont was cleared of criminal charges, but suspended for 90 … Continue reading

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Hanukkah past

Dec. 29, 1951 Los Angeles   Los Angeles Times file photo At the Jewish Home for the Aged, Benjamin Gorelik* lights the candles to illustrate Hanukkah in a photograph published Dec. 29, 1951. Gorelik, who died Feb. 1, 1952, was … Continue reading

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Mystery guest revealed

  Anthony Brancato, killed Aug. 6, 1951, 1648 N. Ogden Drive, Hollywood, along with Anthony Trombino in the "Two Tonys Murder." Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno eventually confessed to the killings. Photograph by John W. Wilson Los Angeles TimesAnd what did … Continue reading

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What happened on Dunsmuir

These appear to be four rather ordinary West Adams district homes from the late 1920s and early ’30s and in many ways they are. Photographs by Larry Harnisch Los Angeles Times This is 2435 S. Dunsmuir Ave. This is 2308 … Continue reading

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