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Black L.A. 1947: When Hollywood ‘Toned Down’ Black Actors

Nina Mae McKinney, above, was “toned down” for MGM’s movie cameras in filming “Hallelujah,” Harry Levette said. June 19, 1947: Harry Levette, a longtime Sentinel columnist, sports editor and publicist, reflects on the Lafayette Players. The Lafayette Players was established … Continue reading

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June 21, 1947: ‘The Drunkard,’ L.A.’s Favorite Melodrama

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. In the summer of 1933, expecting nothing but a brief run and modest ticket sales, two theater people from Carmel, Preston Shobe and Galt Bell, hatched … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 6533 Cahuenga Terrace, Designed for a Diva

An overhead view of 6533 Cahuenga Terrace, via Google Street View. Hyperbole reigns in the world of real estate listings, inflating a dump into a dream palace or attempting to gild a lily. Nowhere is this more prevalent than around … Continue reading

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April 29, 1907: Blanche Hall Draws Crowds to Burbank Theater in ‘When Knighthood Was in Flower’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Los Angeles theatergoers are transfixed by the new production of “When Knighthood Was in Flower,” Paul Kester’s adaptation of Charles Major’s 1898 novel, forming a mile-long line to buy tickets at Morosco’s … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: N. Hollywood Playhouse Promotes Theater in San Fernando Valley

  The North Hollywood Playhouse in 1962, when “Rebel Without a Cause” was being performed, from the Los Angeles Public Library. In her memoir, actress Teri Garr wrote being in the production.   For more than 75 years, North Hollywood … Continue reading

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Black L.A. Laura Bowman Cast in All-Black Production of ‘Anna Lucasta’

Jan. 9, 1947:  Laura Bowman, who died in 1957 after a long illness, is to appear in an all-black production of “Anna Lucasta” at the Biltmore Theater. ” Anna Lucasta,” written by Philip Yordan, was originally produced by the American … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Blossom Seeley — The Other Sophie Tucker

  Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields in a Vitaphone short.   TCM recently showed the fascinating pre-Code Broadway Thru a Keyhole, with an amazing cast including poor Russ Columbo Texas Guinan, and Blossom Seeley. Bizarrely, Blossom was not given a … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: ‘I Will Be Really Impressed If You’ve Heard of Billie Carleton’

  Billie Carlton in a Pathe newsreel. Note: Eve has discontinued her YouTube Theater, but has consented to have me post the entries she has already written. Well, have you? She was a rising British stage starlet in the 1910s … 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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Julian Eltinge and Trixie Friganza!

Look what we found on YouTube! It’s a brief clip that shows two of our favorites: Julian Eltinge, above, with Gloria Jean, and Trixie Friganza in “If I Had My Way.”

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Movieland Mystery Photo — Tennessee Williams’ Edition

A member of the Brain Trust has called my attention to a gent appearing in the film of Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly, Last Summer,” a movie I have never seen. Apparently this fellow, who plays Sebastian Venable, is unidentified and I … Continue reading

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Guest Review: B.J. Merholz on ‘The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan’

After we wrote our post on “The Selected Letters of Elia Kaza,” we passed it on to longtime reader B.J. Merholz (try doing that with an e-book). He writes: Howdy, Jim! Just a line to let you know I’m dipping … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 5

In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944,  item on Rouben Mamoulian being replaced as director of “Laura” to do a bit of digging into the production of this film noir classic – however one … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 27, 1944

March 27, 1944 Broadway Alien She was once taken to a New York nightclub on New Year’s Eve and didn’t enjoy herself … She believes everything she reads in the movie mags… The only time she stays up all night … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 21, 1944

March 21, 1944 Notes of an Innocent Bystander The Wireless: Cong. Dies, who riles easy, is demagoging at a couple of news broadcasters. Now he intends to ask the stations, he says, if they are willing “to afford maligned persons … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 18, 1944

March 18, 1944 Broadway Ballad Novelette: Irving Berlin arrived the other day from England with messages for kin and loved ones of members of “This Is the Army.” Berlin phoned parents, wives, sweethearts and pals, and took down messages to … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Duffy’s Tavern’ and ‘Fibber McGee and Molly,’ March 14, 1944

March 14, 1944 It’s Tuesday night in 1944, which means we have “Duffy’s Tavern” and “Fibber McGee and Molly.” — Gertrude Lawrence is this week’s guest on “Duffy’s Tavern.” Courtesy of Archive.org. — Fibber McGee and Molly hire Beulah. Courtesy … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 14, 1944

March 14, 1944 Notes of an Innocent Bystander The First Nights: Of which the week had none. The current season is one of the wackiest on record, crazier than some of the shows, but not much. There are 30 attractions … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 13, 1944

March 13, 1944 Memos of a First Nighter One of the strange quirks about the acting profession is that anecdotes about stars are remembered long after their most thrilling performances are forgotten … Theatrical historians have devoted more space to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Fanchon and Marco Face the Music and Dance

Marco, left, and Fanchon, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Movie-going experiences today offer little bang for the buck, offering mostly commercials, advertisements and loud trailers before the films. In the 1920s and 1930s however, moviegoers enjoyed a smorgasbord of entertainment before … Continue reading

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