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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

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April 12, 1938


Above, Yiddish theater in Los Angeles! Below, the Harry Raymond bombing case is about to go to trial. Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty ... The bishop of Los Angeles has a Holy Week message on the front page of the B section ... Youngsters out of school for spring break head to the city's parks ... On the jump, a pair of coati mundis foil a burglar at the San Fernando Valley home of George Palmer Putnam ... And Joseph Grimes strangles himself rather than face charges of molesting a child in the Union Pacific railway yards.

Quote of the Day: "I wish the restaurants would give you one good cup of coffee instead of all what they call coffee you can drink. Oh 'All the Coffee You Can Drink,' what crimes have been committed in your name!" E.V. Durling

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On Yiddish Theater... The wide range of subject matter staged in Yiddish at first looks surprising, then becomes more easily understood when one looks deeper. It is short leap from the love of drama that flourished in ghettos around the world to the mostly Jewish immigrant businessmen who founded the film industry. They instinctively understood that by creating the American myth with pictures as opposed to words, the appeal would transcend individual cultures and speak directly to all immigrants above the cacophony of spoken language.

--I wasn't aware that Yiddish productions were staged by local theater companies. L.A. got traveling shows, but this was home-grown. To me, that's a cool discovery...



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