There are times when the old newspapers absolutely leave me speechless--and not in the good way. Yes, I realize this is a comic strip ("Tarzan") and yes, I realize it's 1938 and not 2008. But good grief, I still find it shocking that something like this could be syndicated in the mainstream media. And to think that the comic books of the 1950s were persecuted because they supposedly warped young minds.
"Reprints of Rex Maxon's Tarzan strips in the USA have been a rarity." --Dale Broadhurst.
e have a very newsy day in Los Angeles. At left, the Shriners convention winds up with floats and Hollywood stars in the Motion Picture Electrical Pageant.
This kind of writing is hard to duplicate: "The West's largest arena--Memorial Coliseum--was transformed for the night into a gargantuan jeweled brooch such as Cellini might have been proud to have fashioned.... The electrical giants on the Colorado River groaned and whined as switches were thrown, hurtling the entire load of one high-power line direct from the dam power houses to the Coliseum."
The host is Jack Benny and the parade features Harold Lloyd, Mary Pickford, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Boris Karloff, Mickey Rooney, some starlet named "Movita.," My favorite moment? Leo Carrillo on a "white neon-lighted horse." Of course there are elephants... and Eastern potentates ... and Nubian slaves...
Franklin Pierce McCall is arrested in the kidnapping and death of 5-year-old Jimmy Cash. McCall's mother says: "The boy has been in no trouble before in his life."
And Luise Rainer and Clifford Odets are splitsville.
Photograph by the Los Angeles Times
People line up to get into the trial of Police Capt. Earle Kynette in the Harry Raymond bombing.
n the case of the Harry Raymond bombing, defense attorney George Rochester attacks witnesses' credibility, especially George Sakalis, who is getting $100 a month from the district attorney, Rochester says.
Rochester also charges that John Fisher, who said Police Capt. Earle Kynette tried to buy pipe that would shatter easily (presumably for a pipe bomb), was once a member of the KKK and might be prejudiced against Kynette, a Catholic.
Also, 178 girls from the Los Angeles Orphan Asylum get a day at the beach ... Britain is buying 400 airplanes from Southern California's manufacturers: 200 bombers from Lockheed and 200 trainers from North American Aviation ... Eleanor Holm, who was suspended from the Olympic swim team for drinking, and bandleader Art Jarrett are splitsville. No, I've never heard of them either.
And you can get this hairdo at the Broadway.
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Above, the L.A. Dodgers appear in a crossword puzzle, always a barometer of popular culture ... Below, Cheryl Crane is released from custody ... Secret Service agents detain a woman who burst out of a crowd and insisted on seeing President Eisenhower ... Vice President Nixon's remedy for the economy: A tax cut. The Times plays the story on the front page while noting: "Basically, there was nothing new in Nixon's advocacy of a tax cut..."
March 24, 1958
Just because the deadline passed 50 years ago doesn't mean the Daily Mirror can't have a little fun. There are no prizes, only a little vintage amusement.... Send me your best interpretation of the NBC Peacock and remember to color inside the lines. Neatness counts! Remember: There are NO prizes! The deadline passed 50 years ago! The only reward is fun!
Well at least one person took me "seriously." Thanks to Howard Decker!
Women prove themselves to be good shots during a target match in the Cahuenga Pass ... A.C. Freeman scores 22 out of a possible 25 at 50 yards with his rifle upside-down and the stock resting against his forehead ... An attorney attempts suicide ... A waitress is injured when she steps between two men who are fighting over her ... Chamberlain's Cough Remedy contains no opium, chloroform or any other harmful ingredient!
Speaking of Santa Monica, here's an ad for Tony Cornero's gambling ship, the Rex. Only 25 cents by water taxi.