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Happy 115th birthday to the late, great James Cagney!

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Happy 107th birthday to one of our favorite actresses, Ms. Barbara Stanwyck!

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One of our favorite aspects of the historic lore of Los Angeles is the novelty architecture that’s long been so closely associated with the city. So we were tickled to see this sequence from Stand-In (1937), starring Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard and Joan Blondell.

In this clip, Howard, playing a buttoned-up bean-counter from back east who’s just arrived in L.A. on a mission to oversee a struggling movie studio, is picked up at the train station by a company car. On a memorable ride through the city, he encounters an eatery shaped like a hat (the Brown Derby), a bakery shaped like a windmill (one of the stores in the once-prominent Van de Kamp’s chain), a service station shaped like an airplane, complete with spinning propellers, and several others.

There’s not an establishment in this thirty-plus-second journey that we wouldn’t eagerly patronize, if only someone would perfect a functioning time machine.

Let us know if you have memories of any of these establishments. We’d love to learn more about them.

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We came across, as perhaps you did, too, a notice or two that actress Mona Freeman had passed away at the age of 87. Hers was a relatively modest career, though she had some well-known projects among her credits.

But what we didn’t know is that Freeman was, in 1941 and at the ripe old age of 14, named NYC’s very first Miss Subways (this despite the fact that she’d never ridden the subway at the time), which meant that her photograph appeared on a poster that was seen by millions of straphangers daily….

http://bit.ly/monafreeman

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The great Hattie McDaniel was born 119 years ago today. Happy birthday, Ms. McDaniel, wherever you may be.

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We were sorry to learn of the passing on Sunday of Mickey Rooney. His performing career spanned 92 years (he first appeared onstage, in his parents’ vaudeville act, at the age 17 months); that’s a record that will likely never be broken.

And we are not ashamed to admit that we are suckers for Andy Hardy movies. Rest in peace, Mickey.

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In 1926, gossip columnist Jimmy Starr authored “365 Nights in Hollywood,” a collection of short stories about Tinseltown. It was published in a limited edition of 1000, each one signed and numbered by the author.

Here’s “Memories,” the last story from that 1926 collection: http://www.cladriteradio.com/archives/7812

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In 1926, gossip columnist Jimmy Starr authored “365 Nights in Hollywood,” a collection of short stories about Tinseltown. It was published in a limited edition of 1000, each one signed and numbered by the author.

Here’s Part Two of “The Twenty-Foot Kiss,” a not-so-short story from that 1926 collection: http://www.cladriteradio.com/archives/7766

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In 1926, gossip columnist Jimmy Starr authored “365 Nights in Hollywood,” a collection of short stories about Tinseltown. It was published in a limited edition of 1000, each one signed and numbered by the author.

Here’s Part One of “The Twenty-Foot Kiss,” a not-so-short story from that 1926 collection: http://www.cladriteradio.com/archives/7758