L.A.Times/UCLA Digital CollectionToday in Photographs: December 24, 1952. The maverick director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen gets razzed by anti-communist picketers. Huston was attending a premiere screening of his Moulin Rouge biopic at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills. (Guys, the film was about Toulouse Lautrec, not the Khmer Rouge!) The men in the American Legion caps were apparently convinced Huston was looking forward to a Red Christmas.
Herald-Examiner/LAPL Photo CollectionToday in Photographs: December 23, 1958. California Highway Patrol sets up holiday sobriety checks on Whittier Boulevard and Westside Drive, East Los Angeles.
L.A. Times photo from UCLA Digital CollectionToday in Photographs: December 22, 1941 & more. Helen Chan pins Sun Lum with lapel badge identifying him as "Chinese," to avoid being rounded up with Japanese Americans who were being interred following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
L.A. Times/UCLA Digital CollectionToday in Photographs: December 22, 1941 & more. Steve Allen attends United Farm Workers grape-boycott picket line outside Encino supermarket. Note that even the elderly man in the right of frame wears a tie.
L.A. Times/UCLA Digital CollectionToday in Photographs: December 22, 1941 & more. Alice May Brock of Alice's Restaurant movie and restaurant fame. After noting her new restaurant franchises in Los Angeles and elsewhere, Time magazine noted:
Alice, who got her start as a sous-chef in the kitchen of a girls' reformatory in Hawthorne, N.Y. ("I was a rotten kid"), dismisses international cuisine in four sentences. "Don't be intimidated by foreign cookery," she writes. "Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good."
Today in Photographs: December 21, 1946. Looks like the postman didn't even get to ring once. By today's standards this guns 'n ammo stash seized from an L.A. murder suspect's home may not seem like much -- except consider this is an apartment. (Now we know what those empty Murphy bed spaces were used for.) Note the pack of Lucky Strikes on the apartment floor, right.
L.A. Public Library Photo Collection.Today in Photographs: December 20, 1929. The above photo, taken two months after the stock market crash that ushered in the Great Depression, shows a Christmas ornament before it is placed atop a downtown streetlight. (Ornament is on the left.) It's an early but promising example of L.A. Cheesecake -- we especially like the torn-tent touch in the upper right-hand corner.
L.A. Times/UCLA Digital CollectionToday in Photographs: December 19, 1974. Eric Burdon Band drummer Alvin Taylor kicks back with a copy of the L.A. Times in Ikoyi, a black hair salon on Wilshire Boulevard. "Red" Taylor also performed with Elton John, America and others.
L.A. Times/UCLA Digital CollectionToday in Photographs: December 18, 1972. At some point everyone in Hollywood has to get down on all fours. Here Love Story actress Ali McGraw does it in style as she leaves her hand prints in cement in front of Graumann's Chinese Theater.
L.A. Daily News/UCLA Digital CollectionToday in Photographs: December 17, 1938. Protesting members from one of showman Earl Carroll's "Vanities" musical extravaganzas parade past Musician's Union Local 47's old headquarters. The Earl Carroll Theater on Sunset Boulevard presented classy risque dance productions performed by scantily clad women who were billed as "The Most Beautiful Girls in the World." In the 1938 dispute, Carroll complained the union was forcing his theater-restaurant to use a larger orchestra than was necessary.
Photo by Michael Haering/L.A. Public Library
Today in Photographs: December 16, 1977. Los Angeles has always been the envy of the world for the study in contrasts it offers: surf and snow, mind and body, richest and poorest. Here we see the Ivar Theatre when it was home to burlesque -- right next door to the Hollywood Library. Days before this picture was taken, Hillside Strangler Kenneth Bianchi made a call to victim Kimberly Martin from a pay phone at one of these two edifying edifices. Guess which one?