Above, Paramount dance director LeRoy Prinz with, from left, Esther Pressman, Beula McDonald, Bonita Barker, Kay Gordon, Dorothy Thompson and Dene Myles, April 15, 1935.
Update: Our mystery guest is LeRoy Pnriz.
Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday ... or on Saturday if I have a hard time picking only five pictures; sometimes it's difficult to choose. To keep the mystery photo from getting lost in the other entries, I move it from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday, etc., adding a photo every day.
I have to approve all comments, so if your guess is posted immediately, that means you're wrong. (And if a wrong guess has already been submitted by someone else, there's no point in submitting it again.)
If you're right, you will have to wait until Friday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only prize is bragging rights.
The answer to last week's mystery star: Laurie Mitchell!
Randy Skretvedt writes: I still say I'm correct, with the exception of LeRoy Prinz. Go look at your entry for Grace Bradley (July 25, 2009) and see the picture of the Paramount Protégés there. They are the same girls as in the first mystery picture. The second girl is unquestionably Ann Sheridan, the fourth is Gail Patrick (the girl you love to hate in "My Man Godfrey" and other films, later a successful television producer), and the girl at the very back is Wendy Barrie.
Very well, then. See for yourself:
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Six LeRoy Prinz dancers were recently given contracts as stock actresses at Paramount studio because of their all-around beauty and ability to act. They are shown with Prinz, dance director. Left to right, bottom, Esther Pressman, Dene Myles; middle, Kay Gordon, Prinz, Beula McDonald; top, Dorothy Thompson and Bonita Barker, March 5, 1935.
Here's another photo of our mystery guest with some mystery companions. Evidently there wasn't a photo in the world that couldn't be improved with a little tilting by The Times' art department.
The cropped and tilted version.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Edward A. Prinz, right, with his son LeRoy. The dancers are, from left, Esther Pressman, Dene Myles, Bonita Barker, Dorothy Thompson, Kay Gordon and Beula McDonald, rehearsing for a sequence in "Rose of the Rancho" with Gladys Swarthout, Aug. 8, 1935.
Here's another photo of our mystery guest with even more mystery companions. Please congratulate Dewey Webb for identifying him!
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: LeRoy Prinz with 12 dancers leaving Hollywood for a tour of the British Isles. Front, from left, Jean Dillon, Joan Matthews and Claudia Fargo. Middle, from left, Dorothy White, Harriet D'Busman, LeRoy Prinz and Bonita Barker. Back, from left, Sentha Williams, Jean Carmen, Althea Henley, Elizabeth Cook and Margaret Carthew, Dec. 31, 1935.
Here's another picture of our mystery guest with more mystery companions! Please congratulate Mike Hawks and Mary Mallory for identifying him!
Photograph by Los Angeles Times
Dec. 19, 1945: LeRoy Prinz, studio director-producer, as he testified at trial of Herbert K. Sorrell, union leader, on contempt charge. Prinz said he was knocked down in film strike riot and when he got up saw Sorrell standing in mob with fists clenched.
Please congratulate Jeff Hanna, Meara and James Curtis for identifying him!
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Aug. 29, 1959: A judge's temporary restraining order prevents a bus and streetcar strike.
The threat of communist aggression casts a shadow over world peace. And Times readers are talking about singing the National Anthem, what it means to get old in America, hating Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev ... and looking for a lost dog.
One nice thing about ProQuest is that it's possible to enlarge the comics and see the details that aren't visible in the newspaper, especially strips like "Li'l Abner."
After losing to the Pirates and the Phillies, the Giants beat the Dodgers in a 5-0 shutout.
Pasadena City Hall by Marion Eisenmann, Sept. 6, 2008
|Marion sends her impressions of this Pasadena landmark, which was closed for a major restoration and renovation after being badly damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 1991 Sierra Madre quake. As part of the work, the building's substructure was replaced with a system of base isolators to insulate it from further seismic damage.
Now that the retrofitting is done, the 1927 building sparkles like new, especially when it's lit up against the night sky.
There is no palm tree in the drawing, because there was none standing there, which is uncommon for a site in Pasadena. Just a few weeks ago I was commissioned to do a painting of the San Gabriel Mountains viewed from Pasadena. The person paid the full amount up-front and asked me to leave out the palm trees, she didn't like them. This just came to my mind, while I thought about the production of this pencil sketch. That's funny, no?
By the way, Daily Mirror readers have asked about buying copies of Marion's artwork. Naturally, the interest is gratifying because I think Marion's work is terrific and one of my great pleasures is sharing it with readers every week.
When we began this project, it was without any thought of sales so Marion and I hadn't discussed the matter until now. We decided that the project is still new and evolving, and that it's a journey about discovering Los Angeles rather than creating things to sell. Working as an independent artist, Marion is busy with other projects and says she isn't set up to mass-produce prints but she would entertain inquiries about specific pieces.
For further information, readers should contact Marion directly.
Note: In case you just tuned in, Marion and I are visiting local landmarks in a project inspired by what Charles Owens and Joe Seewerker did in Nuestro Pueblo. Check back next week for another page from Marion's notebook.
This Palm Beach suit from Mullen & Bluett has been listed on EBay. Of the fashion items I follow on EBay, Mullen & Bluett shows up about as often as Oviatt's, which isn't much. The suit is listed at $89 under Buy It Now.
Above, an ad for Palm Beach suits at Mullen & Bluett, June 23, 1952. Adjusted for inflation, the $29.99 suit cost $240.70 USD 2008.
Aug. 28, 1959: The Times brings out an extra as Chinese troops cross into India.
"In the silent room, Tony's whispered words hang like wisps of smoke..."
The Air Force does a "meet and greet" with Hedda Hopper and Joan Crawford.
Hopper summarizes the Cold War mentality perfectly: "The Soviet Union controls one-third of the people of the world and one-fourth of its geography, and their sworn goal is the conquest of America. Never before in history has a peaceful nation been prepared to go to war within 15 minutes."
The last-place Phillies take a double-header from the first-place Giants!
|Aug. 28, 1939: Joe Seewerker and Charles Owens visit Ft. Moore Hill for Nuestro Pueblo and The Times writes about Lt. E.O.C. Ord's 1849 survey of the city, giving a history of early street names. |