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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Rockhaven Sanitarium Seeks Its Rehabilitation

The gate at Rockhaven, by Mary Mallory Hiding in plain sight and sitting in a state of arrested decay at 2713 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose, the historic Rockhaven Sanitarium stands as the only living example of Glendale’s and the Crescenta … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Larry Edmunds Bookshop Provides Film Education for More Than 75 Years

  Jeanne Moreau shoots a scene for the 1970 film “Alex in Wonderland,” starring Donald Sutherland, right, at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, from a catalog listed on EBay  Long a mecca for film aficionados, Hollywood’s Larry Edmunds Bookshop continues educating film … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Cinecon Film Festival 52 Offers Entertaining and Eclectic Films

A still from “The King of Jazz,” which will be shown at the Cinecon Film Festival. Labor Day weekend is almost upon us, and it offers another madcap melange of movies at the 52nd Cinecon Film Festival at the historic … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Two Chinese Restaurants in Studio City

A matchbook cover for Rickshaw Boy, Courtesy of Mary Mallory. Graphics, films, advertisements, music – all demonstrate values and cultures of the time and place in which they were created. Words, phrases, or images considered acceptable at that time can … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Hollywood Country Club

Editor’s note:  Mary will be giving a presentation on “Studio City Before the Studio: An Afternoon of Local History” on July 30 at 3 p.m. at the Studio City branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 12511 Moorpark St. This post … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Russell Ball — An Eye for Glamour

Doris Kenyon by Russell Ball, Motion Picture Magazine, 1928. Motion picture still photography, just like any brand marketing, is all about creating a recognizable and attractive product appealing to consumers and leading to sales. Going a step further, stills photography’s … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland Sign Premieres November 1923

Jan. 6, 1924: The Times publishes a photo of an Oakland car that was driven up to the Hollywood sign. Note: Here’s a post from November 2013 for those who wrongly assume that the Hollywood sign was unveiled on July … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: James Davies – Paramount’s Physical Culturist to the Stars

James Davies, left, gives Buster Crabbe a rubdown in “Search for Beauty,” with Robert Armstrong, right. Photo courtesy of Mary Mallory    American culture has seen each decade popularize certain fashion styles and body types, some of which fade quickly … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Bell & Howell Building Then and Now

716 N. La Brea Ave., via Google Street View, from 2014. Simple and elegant, 716 N. La Brea Ave. today remains little changed on the exterior as to how it looked when finished in 1931. It stands as a beacon … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Steve ‘Broken Nose’ Murphy Slays Them in the Movies

  Steve “Broken Nose” Murphy” in “Sherlock Jr.”       Some people succeed in films because of great notoriety, talent, or beauty. Others flourish because of unusual skill or looks, such as Steve “Broken Nose” Murphy. A stand out … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland’s First House

  2716 Woodhaven Drive as shown in a Studebaker promotional brochure, courtesy of Steve Vaught’s Paradise Leased blog.   On March 31, 1923, publicists trumpeted the news that a great sub development known as Hollywoodland had begun operation at the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Julian Eltinge Says ‘I’m at Your Service, Girls’

  One of the most famous female impersonators of all time, but now also one of the most forgotten, Julian Eltinge stood as one of the most successful headliners of the early 1900s, setting attendance records at vaudeville and theatre … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 2016 S.F. Film Festival Offers Appetizing Selection

“Beggars of Life,” courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.   The just concluded Twenty First Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival featured a strong weekend of thoughtful and powerful films and music from all over the world. The … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: First National Studios, Now Warner Bros., Turns 90

  An aerial view of First National Studios in Burbank, Motion Picture News, 1926.   First National Studios, now known as Warner Bros. Studios, celebrates its 90th birthday on June 15, 2016. Basic construction was completed on the original studio … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory/ Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Cafes Then and Now

  The Hi-Land Kwik Lunch, 1714 Highland Ave., courtesy of Mary Mallory.   Thanks to vintage photograph, films, and ephemera, buildings still live on, even if eventually they were demolished and/or replaced. Sometimes thankfully they still survive. Here is a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Mothers of Men’ Promotes Women’s Causes

An image from the teaser for “Mothers of Men,” courtesy of mothersfilm.com.   At the turn of the twentieth century, women had few rights anywhere in the world. They were basically considered the property of their husbands and fathers, with … Continue reading

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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.   Technology changes often move with the speed of lightning, upending life as it moves hurly burly into a brave new world. The early 1900s saw many new-fangled … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 2016 TCM Film Festival Showcases Moving Pictures

  After a whirlwind weekend of movies, the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival comes to a close. A nonstop orgy of films, celebrities, and all things movie, the seventh annual festival offered a little something for everyone, particularly those just … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Film Noir Fest Shows the Dirty Side of Life

Poster by Bill Selby, courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation. The 18th Annual Noir City: Hollywood at the Egyptian Theatre just concluded after another successful run, focusing on the moral quagmires or despicable decisions of many an ethically challenged character. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM 2016 Classic Film Festival Celebrates Motion Pictures

  Turner Classic Movies celebrates all things movies with its upcoming Classic Film Festival Thursday, April 28 through May 1, 2016. Organized around the theme “Moving Pictures,” films that inspire, utter a call to action, rouse emotions, or take us … Continue reading

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