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Jan. 9, 1959: Confidential File ‘Madame Guillotine,’ Alias Pierre Coates

Jan. 9, 1959: Paul Coates helps his daughter with her homework. Make that “help.”. This column originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was republished on latimes.com in 2009. It’s available via Archive.org.

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Jan. 8, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘Dogs, Diapers, Taxes’

Comes now that hiatus between cries, when the feverish race begins to clear away Christmas bets in time to pay for auto license renewals by Feb. 4 and then face up to income taxes in April. “Any changes in the … Continue reading

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Jan. 8, 1959: Paul Coates Confidential File – Wife Tells of Mate Who Died, and Lived

Note: This column originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was republished on latimes.com in 2009.  Also at Archive.org..

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Jan. 7, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘News From Detroit’

A group of grimly playful fellows at SC who call themselves Asthmatics Anonymous advise that at a raw-lunged meeting in the basement which serves as headquarters they have regrouped as Asthmatics Militant. First move was to change the association’s motto … Continue reading

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Jan. 7, 1959: Paul Coates — Stolen Toupees, a New Kind of Hair Loss

I don’t know what you do for kicks, but my friend Tiger Small snatches toupees. Not just anybody’s toupees, understand. The Tiger’s selective. He’s been working the Catskill-Manhattan-Miami circuit for years, dealing only with the best people. The cream of … Continue reading

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Jan. 6, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘Law Is Upheld’

A very upsetting ruling came down recently from Appellate Justice Paul Vallee. Shocked by the discovery that three men were held in jail for five days before being arraigned, he stated in an opinion, “It appears the police are permitted … Continue reading

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Jan. 5, 1959: Paul Coates Confidential File – Desmond Slattery Is Home

Along with Parkey Sharkey, Desmond Slattery was one of the colorful characters in Paul Coates columns.. The entire piece is here, via Archive.org.

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Jan. 2, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘Reader’s Choice’

The old-school newspaper columnists were tough, writing six pieces a week. Six-day-a-week columnists like Matt Weinstock and Paul Coates took it easy by making their Saturday columns a roundup of readers’ letters. In those days, apparently, newspaper columnists received interesting … Continue reading

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Jan. 1, 1959: Matt Weinstock, ‘Unsung Heroines’

The other joy of doing the Daily Mirror was reintroducing readers to the columns of Matt Weinstock, taken from the Mirror (d. 1962). Weinstock is remembered today for the 1947 book “My L.A.” (I have enough copies, thank you), which … Continue reading

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Sept. 12, 1947: L.A. Times Columnist Lee Shippey

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Henry R. Wagner of San Marino will be 85 years old Sept. 27 but the Zamorano Club couldn’t wait that long. In order to surprise Dr. … Continue reading

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Aug. 21, 1947: Times Columnist Tim Turner on Women Who Wear Pants

Note: This is a post from 2005 that originally appeared on the 1947project. Timothy G. Turner was a prolific, long-established writer for The Times, beginning with a feature on Anna May Wong in 1921. While he retired from the paper … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Hitting the Nightspots With ‘The Owl’

Eight black athletes are trying out for the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference. July 31, 1947: “The Owl,” the Sentinel’s nightlife columnist, visited the clubs, noting that the high prices of food and rent were taking a … Continue reading

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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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