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Category: 1941

Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 3, 1941

  May 3, 1941, Nazi-Backed Iraq Battles British  

  May 3, 1941, Comics  

May 3, 1941: Novelist James Hilton fills in for Lee Shippey, who is recovering from surgery. (I must say, I’m impressed by the number of authors among Shippey’s friends).

Tom Treanor, who was killed covering World War II for The Times, files a report from Curacao, noting that Royal Dutch Shell maintains the world's third-largest refinery there. He watches the tankers leave for England and speculates on their chances against the Nazis.

“A certain number of tankers, loaded with high-octane gasoline, turn red and a certain number of seamen, a large number, die for England. It made us feel funny watching them go out so slowly and so bravely, so steadily for England,” he says.

BELLS TO 12-year-old Roddy McDowall for his one-man campaign, which broke down studio red tape and landed his chum, Wells Wohlwend, a 20th Century-Fox stock job, Jimmie Fidler says. 

Also on the jump: Bruce Russell’s editorial cartoon on fighting over Iraq’s oil.
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 2, 1941

  May 2, 1941, Battle Rages in Drive to Suez  

  May 2, 1941, Comics  

May 2, 1941: Darrell Ware, filling in for Lee Shippey, writes about the opening of trout season.

I've yet to see Adolphe Menjou in evening attire sans a boutonniere, Jimmie Fidler says 
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 1, 1941

  May 1, 1941, Lefty O'Doul  

  May 1, 1941, Comics  

May 1, 1941: Alan Le May fills in for Lee Shippey, who is recovering from surgery.

S.S. Santa Rosa -- Like your appendix, this cruise is just a vestige of time gone by. As we slide through the soft Caribbean, looking through the open roof of the dining room to the glitter of the Southern Cross, we're living in a half-forgotten glory that war has already destroyed. We're living in the just finished past. These careless, happy-go-lucky voyages seem almost certain to come to an end. They won't belong on seas maybe crawling with submarines.

I'm tipped (and I believe) the George-Raft - Edward G. Robinson feud stories are a publicity stunt leading to their fight scene in "Man Power," Jimmie Fidler says.
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, April 30, 1941

  April 30, 1941 U.S. Navy May Patrol War Zone  

  April 30, 1941, Comics  

April 30, 1941: Horatio Winslow fills in for columnist Lee Shippey, who is recovering from surgery, with a piece about the Women's Ambulance and Defense Corps of America. The organization, unofficially supported by the Army, is intended to respond to local emergencies, Winslow says. 

Tom Treanor pays the price of not getting a visa when his ship visits Bermuda.

With George Raft and Edward G. Robinson refusing to speak, W.B. execs are punch drunk trying to soothe wounded feelings and get "Man Power" finished," Jimmie Fidler says.
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, April 29, 1941


  April 29, 1941, Super Bomber  

  April 29, 1941, Comics  

April 29, 1941: Irvin S. Cobb fills in for Lee Shippey once again.

Height of Something or Other: Gertrude Lawrence's reported plan to auction Vic Mature's appendix (well preserved in a bottle) for British war relief!
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, April 28, 1941

  April 28, 1941, Comics  

  April 28, 1941, Nazi Film  

April 28, 1941: Irvin S. Cobb fills in for Lee Shippey, who is still recovering from surgery.
Tom Treanor files a report from a press junket to Venezuela, saying that reporters are treating it as a vacation while the sponsors consider it serious business. The trip was organized by Standard Oil, the Grace Line and “various business interests," Treanor said.

That George Raft-Edward G. Robinson feud has become so venomous that their portable dressing rooms have now been moved to opposite sides of the stage, Jimmie Fidler says.

I can find no further information about “Dr. Koch,” the purported Nazi film that was banned from being shown at the Pacific Electric Theater,  627 S. Los Angeles St. It might be “Robert Koch, der Bekämpfer des Todes.”

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, April 27, 1941

  April 27, 1941, Nazis Batter at Gates of Greece  

  April 27, 1941, Comics  

April 27, 1941: Lee Shippey files  a column from his hospital bed!

OUR PARTY FOR VENEZUELA met in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center before sailing today. We could look out across the city at the spires which last year seemed as solid as rock cliffs, but now look fragile and brittle for bombs in the pearly, iridescent haze, touched today with sun and faintest color of the rainbow, Tom Treanor says. 
Few stars can wear an evening gown with such dazzling effect as Loretta Young, Jimmie Fidler says.

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, April 26, 1941

  Naval Patrol Extended by U.S.  

  April 26, 1941, Comics  

April 26, 1941: Harriet Grainger fills in for Lee Shippey, who is recovering from surgery.

BELLS TO: Fibber McGee and Molly, who, loyal to the radio sponsor they've had for years, nixed more lucrative offers from a rival concern, Jimmie Fidler says.

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, April 25, 1941

  April 25, 1941, Hull Asks War Cargo Protection  

  April 25, 1941, Comics  

April 25, 1941: Lee Shippey is still recovering from surgery, so his friends are filling in for him. Today’s column by novelist Harlan Ware is about what Hollywood success did to one writer.

No matter how gay the party, Edward Everett Horton can always find cause for worry, Jimmie Fidler says.

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, April 18, 1941

  April 18, 1941, Nazis Force Greek Retreat  

  April 18, 1941, Comics  

  April 18, 1941, Lee Shippey  

April 18, 1941: Lee Shippey is hospitalized after what The Times vaguely referred to as “major surgery.” His column continued to appear with guest writers filling in.

On the jump: Benjamin “Bugsie” Siegel is released on bail after being charged with harboring Louis (Lepke) Buchalter. Oh look at this! The Times capitalized "Racketeer" as if it were a profession. Well I suppose it was.
Tom Treanor files a report from the Santa Fe Chief:

IF THE OPINION of the wife of an automobile manufacturer is true, this is the year of years to buy an automobile... She thinks there will be no model changes next year. The factories will be too busy tooling up for military production to waste any time, making your 1942 car the greatest bargain by far in the history of the automotive industry.   [For those who don’t know, U.S. car manufacturers ceased production of automobiles for the consumer market during the war--lrh.]

For years I've been begging for such a return of yesterday's stars. They DESERVE the opportunity to come back. They DON'T DESERVE to be forgotten by the industry they helped to build.... I say bring back MORE ex-stars. Betty Compson, Clara Bow, Janet Gaynor, Leatrice Joy, Neil Hamilton, Huntley Gordon. I could fill this column with names and among them, millions of readers would spy old-screen friends they'd like to see again, Jimmie Fidler says.

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, April 17, 1941

  April 17, 1941, Eight Axis Ships Sunk  

  April 17, 1941, Comics  

SANTA FE CHIEF, April 16 -- NOTHING MAKES YOU feel more remote from the toil, trouble and strife of the war world than a powerful train. It's a moving island from which all disturbing influences are censored. It floats through the landscape like a passing dream. Heat and cold alike are shut off. The passengers are as sheltered as a chick in an egg incubator. Nothing changes except the sliding scenery, the rise and wane of daylight and your watch. Even the wheels don't click anymore. They merely murmur, says Tom Treanor, who is on a press junket to Venezuela.

Myrna Loy should watch her appearance; the overweight is too obvious, Jimmie Fidler says.
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, April 16, 1941

  April 16, 1941, U.S. May Have to Fight Foreign War  

  April 16, 1941, Comics  

April 16, 1941: Tom Treanor writes another column about Leland Stowe and Thomas Mann. “Both of these splendid speakers emphasized strongly the evil that Germany is doing. They spoke on moral grounds and they used strong language.

“What was the consequence? When the questions came up, in both cases, the issue was raised: Well, what about India? How do you justify England's treatment of India?”

ONE-MINUTE INTERVIEW with Clark Gable: "I've taken no part in political campaigns other than to cast my rightful vote, because acting is my profession, politics is not. When I feel like turning politician, I'll quit acting, but I won't mix them."
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