The Daily Mirror

Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

Category: September 2010

| The Daily Mirror Home |

Found on EBay – American National Bank Building

The American National Bank Building, left, at Second Street and Broadway is among the buildings featured in a souvenir booklet listed on EBay.

Other downtown buildings shown in the booklet include the Farmers & Merchants National Bank Building, the Grosse Building at 6th Street and Spring, and the Wilcox Building at Second Street and Spring.

Bidding starts at $5.95.

Voices – Tony Curtis

April 3, 1977, Tony Curtis
April 3, 1977, Tony Curtis

April 3, 1977: Tony Curtis tells the late Roderick Mann, “I've put nearly 30 years into acting, and it would be nice to have got back a little respect from the profession. Bit I never got it, never.”

Continue reading »

Clarence Darrow at the Higgins Building

Clarence Darrow, 1912
Los Angeles Times file photo

Landmark alert! Clarence Darrow had an office on the ninth floor of the Higgins Building, in the southwest corner, on the west side of the hall. 

--People vs. Clarence Darrow, Page 721.

Found on EBay – Norman Chandler

Norman Chandler
This portrait of Times Publisher Norman Chandler is part of an album of photographs that has been listed on EBay. Other subjects include Francis Cardinal McIntyre, Will Rogers and Mayor Norris Poulson. Bidding starts at $9.99.

Google and History


Clarence Darrow, the lead defense attorney for the McNamara brothers in The Times bombing,  vs. Gloria Allred in Google searches for the last 12 months.

Quote of the Day

Jan. 7, 1937, James B. McNamara
Los Angeles Times file photo

“I never saw a Chicago policeman that would not take some money.”

-- James B. McNamara, shown at Folsom Prison with Tom Mooney in 1939. 


From the Vaults: 'Spider Baby' (1968)

Spiderposter Happy autumnal equinox, my scrappy yet plucky band of readers! The unmistakable slant of fall light is upon us now, even in the 90-degree afternoons, and with it comes my very favorite season for movie watching. Which means I have decided to quit adhering to the four specific years -- 1920, 1940, 1960 and 1980 -- that Larry focuses on elsewhere in this blog, and focus on movies that I'm really excited about. What can I say? It was a full moon last night and I'm running amok.

In last week's post I mentioned writer-director Jack Hill's "Spider Baby," a bizarre yet wonderful cult classic that I discovered earlier this year and of which I am inordinately fond. The film was actually shot in 1964 under the title "Cannibal Orgy," but sat around for a while; one imagines people were sitting around wondering what to do with it. Which would be understandable: The black comedy kicks off with a fabulous, "Monster Mash"-style song performed by Lon Chaney Jr. over stylishly animated opening credits, and it just gets zanier from there.

Continue reading »

Movieland Mystery Photo

Sept. 21, 2010, Mystery Photo Los Angeles Times file photo 
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 or Saturday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only reward is bragging rights. 

Last week’s mystery guest was Jimmy Lydon and the weekend mystery guest was William Eythe.

There’s a new photo on the jump!
Continue reading »

Grace Bradley – Photo Album

Grace Bradley, 1935
Los Angeles Times file photo

Grace Bradley, 1936 
Los Angeles Times file photo
When you read our obit on Grace Bradley Boyd, you might have remembered that she was a mystery guest in July 2009. Here are some more pictures of her. The top photo is from 1935 and the bottom is from 1936.

Buddy Collette -- ‘Shotgun Freeway’
Amid the tributes to Buddy Collette, Daily Mirror readers should remember that he appears in “Shotgun Freeway,” one of the great documentaries about Los Angeles. The trailer is here.

Coming Attractions –- Republic Pictures’ Anniversary [Updated]

Los Angeles Times file photo

Daily Mirror mystery guest Jimmy Lydon is scheduled to take part in a panel from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Republic Pictures. Jane Withers, Jane Kean, Theodore Bikel, Marjorie Lord and Robert Easton are also scheduled to appear on the panel.
The celebration honoring Republic will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the former Republic Studios lot, 4204 Radford Ave., Studio City. [Update: Admission is free, I'm told] Further information is available here>>>

(And no, Elizabeth Taylor will not be there!)


The Times Eagle [Updated]


Dec. 5, 1891: The Times Eagle is installed on the roof of Times Building No. 2 at First Street and Broadway on Dec. 5, 1891, after being made by the J.L. Mott Iron Works of Chicago and brought to Los Angeles by rail.

“And so from this lofty perch I send greeting and goodwill to all who pass beneath; but let it not be forgotten that the eagle sees in the night as well as the day, and that his vision can pierce the drawn curtains of a cab at 8 a.m. as easily as [Verona] Jarbeau can ‘wink the other eye.’ ”

[Update: A previous version of this post gave the incorrect date of Dec. 5, 1896]
Continue reading »

Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...

Recent Posts
The Daily Mirror Is Moving |  June 16, 2011, 2:42 am »
Movieland Mystery Photo |  June 11, 2011, 9:26 am »
Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated] |  June 11, 2011, 8:06 am »
Found on EBay 1909 Mayor's Race |  June 9, 2011, 2:33 pm »