Tag Archives: Billy Wilder

Black L.A. 1947: ‘A Song Is Born’ a New High in Interracial Pictures

Aug. 14, 1947: The Sentinel runs a feature on “A Song Is Born” (working title: “That’s Life”) in production at the Goldwyn studios. If the plot sounds a bit like “Ball of Fire,” also made by the Goldwyn studios, I’m … Continue reading

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Holocaust Denial at Archive.org

“The Director of the Holocau$t – Khazar Expatriate Billy Wilder” at Archive.org.   For years, I have been looking for the early Billy Wilder film “Menschen am Sonntag.” I finally found it on Archive.org, but along with the film, I … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

In 1989, Billy Wilder sold much of his art collection. The works are gone, but the auction catalog lives on. If you’re a hard-core Billy Wilder fan (and I am) it’s fun looking through the catalog – I was fortunate … Continue reading

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L.A. Nazi Spy Convicted!

June 5, 1942: Dr. Hans Helmut Gros is convicted of being a Nazi spy. And radio stations along the Pacific Coast went off the air at 9 p.m. so their signals couldn’t be used as beacons in case of a … Continue reading

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Literary diversions

I.A.L. Diamond, Nov. 6, 1966

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