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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

Category: 1931

Maltese Falcon, 1931

  June 8, 1931, Malese Falcon  

  June 8, 1931, Maltese Falcon  

June 1931: Warner Bros. releases “The Maltese Falcon,” starring Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels. Although the film is little more than an obscure curiosity today, it made a deep impression at the time.  Reviewing the now-famous 1941 remake, The Times’ Philip K. Scheuer  said the 1931 version “pales into insignificance.”

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Voices: Jackie Cooper, 1922 - 2011

  Jackie Cooper, June 14, 1931  

  June 14, 1931, Jackie Cooper  

June 14, 1931: "Naw, I ain't gonna be no actor when I grow up," Jackie Cooper tells The Times. "Ya know, last season I thought I'd like to be a football player, but baseball players are pretty swell."

Straw Hat Day in Los Angeles

  May 1, 1931, Straw Hat Day  

May 1, 1931: Cartoonist Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale reminds Times readers of the arrival of Straw Hat Day, when men threw out their old felt hats and bought a new sailor. Straw Hat season began in Los Angeles on May 13 and ended in September.

Private Investigator Held in Extortion

  March 31, 1931, Comics  

  March 31, 1931, Comics  

Private investigator Charles R. Chase decided to make a little extra money by squeezing an extra $900 out of a teenager who stole $100 from the  drugstore where he worked. The police set a trap and heard Chase repeat his demand to the boy's mother while they listened in the next room.

A Senate committee wants to raise statewide speed limits: 20 mph in business districts, 25 mph in residential districts and 45 mph on highways.

Also on the jump: Road rage, 1931-style.

Lady Louis Mountbatten lunching at the Brown Derby "stood out like a sore thumb," Mollie Merrick says.

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The Funny Papers, 1931

  March 19, 1931, Gasoline Alley  
  “Gasoline Alley” by Frank King  

March 19, 1931: After wandering through the comics pages of 1941, I thought it would be interesting to roll the clock back to 1931. There are a few familiar faces, like “Gasoline Alley,” above; as well as “Tarzan” by Rex Maxon; “Ella Cinders” by Bill Conselman Jr. and Charlie Plumb; and “Harold Teen” by Carl Ed.

You may also recognize a very early “Winnie Winkle,” a strip by Martin Branner that lasted for decades; and  “The Gumps” by Sidney Smith. “Mr. and Mrs.” was an unsigned strip done by other artists in the style of Clare Briggs, who died in 1930.
“Life of Riley,” a one-panel strip about dogs by D.T. Carlisle, was new to me, as was “Reg’lar Fellers,” by Gene Byrnes.

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