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Black L.A. 1947: No Black Writers Invited to Preview of ‘Black Narcissus’

July 10, 1947: Earl Griffin, the Sentinel’s Hollywood Spotlight columnist, writes of a press premiere of “Black Narcissus” at the Carthay Circle Theater and notes that “the Negro press has been conspicuous by their absence (not being invited).” Griffin salutes … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 30

New York critic, columnist and radio pundit Alexander Woollcott makes an endorsement for Pullman in 1940. Courtesy of the Illinois Digital Archives. In Vera Caspary’s novel “Laura,” New York columnist Waldo Lydecker endorses the Byron pen, renamed the “Wallace Flow-Rite … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Looking at Hollywood by Hedda Hopper, July 3, 1944

July 3, 1944 Officers from Pasadena, Glendale and Los Angeles County join to recover four safes that had been dumped in the San Fernando Reservoir by a gang of thieves. The safecrackers specialized in stealing a small safe, loading it … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Looking at Hollywood by Hedda Hopper, July 2, 1944

July 2, 1944 Hedda Hopper says that some of the greatest of Hollywood veterans have been around so long that nobody takes them seriously anymore. Like Charles Laughton.

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Harold Heffernan, April 17, 1944

April 17, 1944 Who is Harold Heffernan? He’s a new one on me. HOLLYWOOD, Cal., April 17 — Friends of Steve Crane and Lana Turner say that it finally was a case of two ambitious people under one roof. Crane … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, March 11, 1944

March 11, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, March 10 — Hedy Lamarr is crazy about Mexico. She wears Mexican jewelry, which she bought there, and every time I see her she and John Loder are planning to return to Mexico City. So I … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 8, 1944

March 8, 1944 Man About Town Adelaide Norris is crowding Cholly McCarthy off Edgar Bergen’s spacious lap … Those 31 persons rounded up Saturday by the G-Men (for allegedly peddling illegal railway reservations in Florida) tittered at the warning here … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, March 7, 1944

March 7, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, March 6 — An entire new screen life should unfold for Lee Bowman when he joins Columbia. He is a good actor, but he has never really had a chance on the Metro lot, where there … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 29, 1944

Feb. 29, 1944 As you may have noticed from all the gags on the radio shows, 1944 was a leap year — unlike 2014. Here’s the extra Walter Winchell column. Notes of an Innocent Bystander The First Nights: In the … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 24, 1944

Feb. 24, 1944 Portrait of a Man Reading the Newspaper An editorial attacking the presence at Tehran of Pvt. Robert Hopkins, son of Harry Hopkins, said: “If the fathers of all the other Army privates followed Harry’s example, everybody except … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 23, 1944

Feb. 23, 1944 This is curious. The end of Winchell’s column disappears in mid-sentence from the Palm Beach paper, just as he is about to refer to a situation in Palm Beach. And take more potshots at Congress. Man About … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 21, 1944

Feb. 21, 1944 Man With a Press Pass in His Hat Midtown Vignette: They can point him out to you at the Stork Club … His recent antics there (around cocktail time) have those-in-the-know in stitches … One of those … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 20, 1944

Feb. 20, 1944 We are clearly working up to Walter Winchell’s clash with Congress next month (that is, March 1944). The Private Papers of a Cub Reporter Winchell quotes a piece from Princeton Republican, an Illinois paper. “Last Thursday, the … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 16, 1944

Feb. 16, 1944 Man About Town Errol Flynn was turned down for the seventh time by the Army and Navy. He is asking the latter for special service and a waiver on physical defects … Quentin Reynolds, the war correspondent, … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 14, 1944

Feb. 14, 1944: Walter Winchell writes a “New York Newsreel,” a long series of vignettes of the city and its people. Here’s a sample: The church for mutes, where the pastor’s sermon is delivered with his fingers and where the … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 12, 1944

Feb. 12, 1944 New York Novelette: She was a waitress in a small Midwest hotel. Loved working there … Because her feller played in the band … One day a stranger offered her a screen test chance … She spurned … Continue reading

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Chaplin Indicted on Mann Act!

Feb. 11, 1944: A P-38 rushes from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and back in an hour to get penicillin for a Jimmy Doyle, 15 months old, who has peritonitis. “Precious little of the stuff is available and that is … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 10, 1944

Feb. 10, 1944: Yawn of the Week: The raging waste of words about Steinbeck’s script of “Lifeboat” being distorted (to make the Nazi look good and the rescued look weak and yappy, etc.) is a bore of an argument over … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 9, 1944

Feb. 9, 1944: Al Jolson is Jinx Falkenberg’s most constant visitor at her St. Luke’s Hospital bedside…. New Yorkers suspect that Wayne (wife-killer) Lonergan’s sudden coin (to hire a lawyer) came from men named in her diary … Betty Hutton … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 7, 1944

Feb. 7, 1944: For many years Rachel Field worked in Paramount’s New York office as a script reader, examining the merit of all submitted material … She once remarked: “Hmf, I can do better than some of this stuff. Some … Continue reading

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