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Category: 1941

Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 27, 1941

  May 27, 1941, Battle Raging in Atlantic  

  May 27, 1941, Comics  

image  LONDON, May 27 (Tuesday.) (AP) -- British warships apparently were engaged in a mighty duel with a German battle squadron, including the 35,000-ton Bismarck, in the North Atlantic early today after a British naval plane rammed an aerial torpedo into the Bismarck.

Lee Shippey has an item on Homer Lea (d. 1912), the author of the 1909 book "The Valor of Ignorance." (The book is also listed on Despite considerable physical handicaps, Lea became a military advisor to Sun Yat-sen and his observations on Japan were widely studied during World War II. (I wrote a long post about Lea for the 1947project. Stay tuned for another one on the Daily Mirror.)

The home for destitute actors, to be built near Hollywood with Motion Picture Relief Fund money, will be named "Roosevelt Home," Jimmie Fidler says.  

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Jimmie Fidler, May 26, 1941

  May 26, 1941, Japan Army Seizes U.S. Property  

  May 26, 1941, Jimmie Fidler  

May 26, 1941: PITTSBURGH, May 25 (AP) -- A man's leg was found along the Ohio River at suburban Moon Township tonight and detectives seeking the remainder of the body said it was probably "another murder" by the long-sought "Mad Butcher" of Cleveland, O."

We turn out a masterpiece titled "Grapes of Wrath" and convince our Latin neighbors that rural North America has gone to hell in high gear. We produce "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" to prove our political corruption, "Citizen Kane" to demonstrate the vices in our capitalistic system, "The Devil and Miss Jones" to make it plain that we're a bunch of downtrodden wage slaves and "Tobacco Road" to put across our cultural standards,  Jimmie Fidler says.
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 25, 1941

  May 25, 1941, Nazis Sink Hood, British Sea Giant  

  May 25, 1941, Comics  

LONDON, MAY 24 (AP) -- The 42,100-ton battle cruiser Hood, largest warship in the world, was blown to bits in the waters between Greenland and Iceland today by the new German battleship Bismarck during a battle of grave import between the behemoths of the British and German navies.

How refreshing to see a young actress as refreshingly plump (not fat) as Joan Leslie, Jimmie Fidler says.
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 24, 1941

  May 24, 1941, 5000 Germans Drowned Off Crete  

  May 24, 1941, Comics  

May 24, 1941: HOLLYWOOD AFTER DARK: The Mocambo orchestra hailing Jimmy Stewart home on leave with "Till Reveille" ... Maureen O'Hara at the Beverly Tropics, giving the waiter an involved order in French -- and escort Bill Lundigan amazed when it turns out to be a hamburger ... Orson Welles, on a boulevard corner, eyeing an overhead blimp trailing a "Citizen Kane" ad -- blimp ogles blimp ... An aviation officer at Florentine Gardens getting aitch from his girlfriend when he too obviously enjoys being kissed by the entire chorus.

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 23, 1941

  May 23, 1941, Navy Guns Blast Nazis at Crete  

  May 23, 1941, Comics  

May 23, 1941: Why is Luise Rainer, a brilliant artist, permitted to twiddle her thumbs at the Beverly Hills Hotel? (She came here to get her final divorce decree.) Why are incompetents given fine dramatic roles to ruin, when an actress of Miss Rainer's PROVED ability could make those parts great?

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Jimmie Fidler, May 21, 1941

  May 21, 1941, Nazi Chute Swarm  

  May 21, 1941, Comics  

May 21, 1941: Nazi Chute Swarm? And I thought “Nazi Sky Fleet” was silly.

Tom Treanor, on a press junket to Venezuela, says: Walter Kerr and myself have a nine-room house with an icebox full of cold things, and also a maid.

"Bueno," I said to the maid in my best Spanish when she opened the icebox.

"Don't speak Spanish to me," she said. "I only understand English."

That Martha Raye-Neil Lang romance hung in the balance the other night, when she stormed out of a nightclub because he was too attentive to another girl, Jimmie Fidler says.
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 20, 1941


  May 20, 1941, Comics  

May 20, 1941: International playboy Baldwin M. Baldwin (d. 1970), the son of Anita Baldwin and the grandson of E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin (the despot of Arcadia, according to The Times) gets married for the fifth time.

The Germans in Venezuela have gotten the bounce, Tom Treanor says. "The parting of the ways was accomplished with great finesse on both sides. Contracts were settled up equitably, severance was paid, transportation back to Germany was given in many instances and, to hear it told, you would think that the era of good feeling and universal peace had arrived."

Desi Arnaz's mother, after waiting in Mexico weeks to enter the United States on a quota number, must now due to a legal technicality return to Cuba and enter from there, Jimmie Fidler says.
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Found on EBay – Los Angeles Examiner

Hearst Marksmanship Trophy

A rather elaborate (OK, expensive and ugly) Citizen Marksmanship Competition lamp/trophy sponsored by the Los Angeles Examiner has been listed on EBay. Bidding on the trophy begins at $2,450.

"These charming Milwaukee girls were the first all-woman team to enroll in the citizen's rifle instruction course now being sponsored by the Wisconsin Rifle association and the Milwaukee Sentinel in conjunction with the William Randolph Hearst Citizen's Marksmanship contests,” from the Milwaukee Sentinel, Jan. 9, 1942.

Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 19, 1941

  May 19, 1941, Ship Carrying Americans Sunk  

  May 19, 1941, Comics  

May 19, 1941: Lee Shippey announces his return, thanks the guest columnists who filled in for him and says he doesn’t plan to answer the get-well cards he received, despite the entreaties of his secretary.

Tom Treanor, who was killed covering World War II for The Times, witnesses the inauguration of Venezuelan President Isaias Medina.

COLUMBIA'S "TEXAS" SET AT A GLANCE: A score of gun-totin' desperadoes playing gin-rummy off set, and another in a far corner manicuring his nails ... Veteran film gunman George Bancroft teaching newcomer Glenn Ford to twirl a six-shooter on his trigger finger ... Bill Holden: "Easy life, eh? Look! Because my shirt's open in this movie, I had to shave the hair off my chest. Try that when the thermometer's at 90 degrees!"
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 18, 1941


  May 18, 1941, Nazis Bomb Iraq  

  May 18, 1941, Comics  

May 18, 1941: Nazi sky fleet?
Lee Shippey returns for a Sunday column.

Tom Treanor says: Americans are here developing Venezuela's oil resources for just one reason. They have the capital and the know-how for oil production which the Venezuelans lack. The Venezuelans take advantage of American knowledge to get the oil out of the ground with great profit to Venezuela. The Americans take advantage of Venezuela's greatest natural resources to make themselves rich. But what will happen when and if the Venezuelans learn to get the oil out of the ground themselves?

Jimmie Fidler says: The other day Paramount chiefs summoned new foreign find Eva Gabor (Hungarian) to the front office and suggested that she change her name because it sounds like a steal from Garbo. "Change my name?" shrieked Miss Gabor. "I was born with mine, and her real name is Gustafson. Let Garbo change hers!"

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 17, 1941

  May 17, 1941, British Launch Vast Mideast Drive  

  May 17, 1941, Comics  

May 17, 1941: Allen Rivkin fills in for Lee Shippey with a column about problems at the post office in Westwood. Notice that even in the glory days of the streetcars, traffic was still a problem.

Tom Treanor, on a press junket to Venezuela, attends a benefit for British Relief at the Caracas opera house featuring the Jooss Ballet.
Sensational if True: Veteran press agent Mike Newman's claim that he recognizes Rudolf Hess -- that Hess, under another name, was once Mae Murray's stage dance partner, Jimmie Fidler says.

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 16, 1941

  May 16, 1941, U.S. Scores Vichy  

  May 16, 1941, Marine  

May 16, 1941: Richard Macaulay, a screenwriter on “The Roaring Twenties” and “They Drive by Night,”  fills in for Lee Shippey, who is still recovering from surgery.

Tip Jimmy Stewart that his ol' pal, Franchot Tone, is getting serious about Jimmy's girl, Olivia de Havilland, Jimmie Fidler says.

ps. Walter S. Osipoff recovered from his experience and was later commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 15 Marines. He also accepted the official surrender of the navy base at Kurihama, Japan, at the end of World War II.
He retired at the rank of colonel. 

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