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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival Covers the World

  Max Linder, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. The 21st Annual Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival traveled the world in its many programs this year, featuring rare technology, recently discovered and restored films, and travelogues from near and far, something … Continue reading

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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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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + +)

For Monday, we have a mystery gent. He says he’s OK with such goings-on, but he really doesn’t know what’s going on.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hale’s Tours Offer Virtual Reality in 1906

George C. Hale in the Salt Lake City Herald, Oct. 20, 1905. Note: This is an encore post from 2016. Technology changes often move with the speed of lightning, upending life as it moves hurly burly into a brave new … Continue reading

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Aug. 13, 1947: ‘Cuando Lloran los Valientes’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Imagine my surprise to find that The Times reviewed Mexican movies, usually in critiques signed “G.K.,” who praised this classic of Mexican cinema starring Pedro Infante, … Continue reading

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Scotty Bowers’ Mountain of Lies — Not the Hill I Care to Die On

Scotty Bowers’ mountain of lies is not the hill I care to die on. But be assured that he has told a mountain of lies. Have you seen even one photograph of him with one of his alleged amours? Scotty … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1949 film “Lost Boundaries, with Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas, the Rev. Robert H. Dunn, Richard Hylton, Grace Coppin, Seth Arnold, Parker Fennelly, William Greaves, Leigh Whipper, Maurice Ellis, Edwin Cooper, Carleton … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival Thunders Onto the Screen

  The 21st Annual Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival gallops into action Aug. 10 through 12 at the marvelous little Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Niles, Calif., featuring a look at rare silent films, most in 35 millimeter, screening … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Robert Ryan Fights for Quality Education

  Jessica and Robert Ryan, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Known as much for his intense, brooding performances onscreen as his passionate defense of causes off it, actor Robert Ryan cared deeply about whatever he focused his attention on. While … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1957 RKO picture “Escapade in Japan,” with Teresa Wright, Cameron Mitchell, Jon Provost, Roger Nakagawa, Philip Ober, Kuniko Miyake, Susumu Fujita, Katsuhiko Haida and Tatsuo Saito. It was written by Winston Miller, filmed … Continue reading

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July 27, 1947: Chinese Author Visits Dr. George Hodel,

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. “Knowledge is desirable, but learning is pleasure.” That is one of the sayings of Author Helena Kuo, who came a long way from her native China … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: The Story of Jimmie Lunceford’s Death

Mike’s Waikiki Inn, 3741 S. Western Ave. 3741 S. Western Ave., via Google Street View. July 24, 1947: The Sentinel publishes an account of the death of bandleader Jimmie Lunceford. According to the article by Wendell Green, at dinner before … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1949 Warner Bros. picture “The Girl From Jones Beach,” with Ronald Reagan, Virginia Mayo, Eddie Bracken, Dona Drake, Henry Travers, Lois Wilson, Florence Bates, Jerome Cowan, Helen Westcott, Paul Harvey, Lloyd Corrigan, Gary … Continue reading

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July 21, 1947: Julie London Marries Jack Webb

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. In the courthouse corridor, just after she received one of the biggest divorce settlements in Los Angeles history, someone asked her: “If you had your choice … Continue reading

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Hollywood on Wheels: Gary Cooper’s 1935 Duesenberg SSJ Heading for Auction

Gary Cooper’s 1935 Duesenberg SSJ is heading for auction by Gooding and Company, Aug. 24-25 at Pebble Beach. The car was on display at the Briggs Cunningham Automotive Museum in Costa Mesa and later acquired by the Miles Collier Collections.

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1958 British production “Fiend Without a Face” or the “The Flying Brains Movie,” made by Amalgamated and released by MGM. With Marshall Thompson, Kynaston Reeves, Kim Parker, Stanley Maxted, Terence Kilburn, James Dyrenforth, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Enchanted Hill – Hollywood’s Ultimate Mansion

Fred Thomson in an undated image. In the early days of the Hollywood film industry, moguls and movie stars lived simply, residing in comfortable but elegant homes. As the business evolved from small companies into large-scale moviemaking factories in the … Continue reading

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July 15, 1947: Orson Welles Films ‘Macbeth’ on Tight Deadline

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Over at Republic Studios, master showman Orson Welles is engaged in an enormous stunt: He has promised to film “Macbeth” in 24 days (later cut to … Continue reading

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Historic L.A. in ‘Illegal’ | Part 6

In the last post on historic Los Angeles in “Illegal,” here are a few nighttime shots of Main Street. At the far right you can see the sign for the Hotel Cecil. The 500 block of South Main Street via … Continue reading

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Historic L.A. in ‘Illegal’ | Part 5

In this portion of “Illegal,” we have a long chase sequence. I’m not able to identify all the locations so any help would be appreciated.

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