Tag: Old Hollywood

January 19, 2013 /

An architectural rendering by John L. De Lario for a stately Spanish home under the Hollywoodland sign. I can’t place it exactly from my walks but I think it’s the house I used to see from a distance, with rotting and shredded drapes in the windows and a faded paint…

January 13, 2013 /

The building was first owned by Ince, then Cecil B., then Selznick, then Desilu… Selznick must have liked the Colonial architectural style. Although, with those arches the home is more Regency or Georgian… David O. Selznick posing in his office in 1947 – at the time he was still married…

January 13, 2013 /

Her diary from her teen years includes comments on films she saw at MGM previews. These journal entries reveal Irene to have been perceptive and frank in her observations – even at 17. Her take on Romola (1924): “…L. Gish good as always but didn’t make the most of her…

January 10, 2013 /

The actor whose exploitation brought about the Coogan Laws governing earnings, education, hours, and trusts set aside (California Child Actor’s Bill)… Long and short, Coogan was screwed over by his mother and step-father. His mother’s response, “No promises were ever made to give Jackie anything. Every dollar a kid earns…

January 8, 2013 /

Auntie Mame Counts No Calories. –

January 8, 2013 /

I seriously doubt it… but here’s a pretty recipe with her name on it.

January 5, 2013 /

In the 1930s and 40s there was an annual event to raise money for Mount Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Wrigley Field played host to participants, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper, Groucho Marx, Milton Berle, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Boris Karloff, Buster Keaton… The list goes on and on with appearances…

January 3, 2013 /

Carole Lombard: Robert Montgomery: In “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”:

December 31, 2012 /

I am obsessed with cake… This has nothing to do with cake… But, I think it’s a lovely commentary on Bette’s career.

December 27, 2012 /

But then, I’d have to kill you. Let’s talk about nondisclosure agreements and secrecy in movie production. The norm is to hand out numbered movie scripts to department heads with the name of the reader superimposed in grey over each page. Some particularly squirrelish folks print the script on red…