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Old 07-25-2011, 07:17 PM   #1
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1940's Los Angeles

I just can't get enough of this particular time period and location. James Ellroy really was the impetus to get me hooked on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleepy_Lagoon_murder

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoot_Suit_Riots

Anyone else got any interest in this, or got some good links? google project 1947 on the interwebs, that site has awesome stuff all the time
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:27 AM   #2
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Re: 1940's Los Angeles

Great American streetcar scandal

Alluded to in Who Censored (Framed) Peter Rabbit.

I'm also interested in this period and will have to think of some specific references. In the meantime, watch The Big Sleep.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:31 PM   #3
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Re: 1940's Los Angeles

The "black dahlia" muder. 1947. Los Angeles. Wikipedia is your friend.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:33 PM   #4
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The "black dahlia" muder. 1947. Los Angeles. Wikipedia is your friend.
Thanks dr obvious!
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:32 PM   #5
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Re: 1940's Los Angeles

Check out Jim Thompson's Now and on Earth.
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:39 AM   #6
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Re: 1940's Los Angeles

If you haven't already, I highly suggest you try the game LA Noire. It is available for PC, XBox360, or PS3. If Ellroy sparked your interest in this period of LA's history, LA Noire will be right up your alley. I've played the entire game, and it is excellent.

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Old 08-27-2011, 07:06 AM   #7
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Re: 1940's Los Angeles

Have you seen the thread on that game? It's pretty brutal. I'm waiting to get the game when its like $20 or less.

The book City of Quartz (Mike Davis) is academia's favorite book about the history of LA. Some real interesting stuff, but the slant is heavily left.

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Old 08-27-2011, 07:36 AM   #8
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Re: 1940's Los Angeles

of course this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanes...can_internment
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:10 PM   #9
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Have you seen the thread on that game? It's pretty brutal. I'm waiting to get the game when its like $20 or less.

The book City of Quartz (Mike Davis) is academia's favorite book about the history of LA. Some real interesting stuff, but the slant is heavily left.
Also check out Ecology of Fear by Davis.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:50 AM   #10
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Re: 1940's Los Angeles

I'm reading Strange Angel now. A biography on jack parsons.fascinating
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:21 AM   #11
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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Whiteside_Parsons
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:14 AM   #12
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Re: 1940's Los Angeles

Also Chavez ravine, a bit later

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chavez_Ravine
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:21 PM   #13
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1930s LA Police corruption... read about the Raymond-Kynette car bombing:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_E._Davis_(police)
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:54 PM   #14
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Re: 1940's Los Angeles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_blacklist

Living in 1940s LA and working in the film industry must have been an interesting time. Simply working with someone who attended a communist meeting might get you on that infamous "Hollywood blacklist"
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:40 PM   #15
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1930s LA Police corruption... read about the Raymond-Kynette car bombing:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_E._Davis_(police)
LA Confidential was a great film about cops in 1953 LA, not the 40s but close enough
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:09 PM   #16
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_blacklist

Living in 1940s LA and working in the film industry must have been an interesting time. Simply working with someone who attended a communist meeting might get you on that infamous "Hollywood blacklist"
In 1930s it was cool, trendy and intellectual to be communist
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:34 AM   #17
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look up the book LA Noir on amazon and then all the books they suggest based. on that.... some clark murder trial... mickey cohen... howard hughes

also, doneny, mulholland type books.... hollywood scandal books are good too... like hollywood babylon

not sure my suggestions exactly dovetail with 1940's but should point you in interesting book browsing direction

FWIW hated black dahlia by ellroy but to each his own
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look up the book LA Noir on amazon and then all the books they suggest based. on that.... some clark murder trial... mickey cohen... howard hughes

also, doneny, mulholland type books.... hollywood scandal books are good too... like hollywood babylon

not sure my suggestions exactly dovetail with 1940's but should point you in interesting book browsing direction

FWIW hated black dahlia by ellroy but to each his own
You hated the book or you hated watching the movie? If you disliked that book you probably Don't like anything of his.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:52 AM   #19
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The Day of the Locust, Ask the Dust are recommended fiction
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:55 PM   #20
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You hated the book or you hated watching the movie? If you disliked that book you probably Don't like anything of his.
hated the book, the dialogue especially (see if i can post some eggrigious examples).. would not read another by him altho sometimes i've found huge variation in other authors works
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:58 PM   #21
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hated the book, the dialogue especially (see if i can post some eggrigious examples).. would not read another by him altho sometimes i've found huge variation in other authors works
eh, you probably won't in Ellroy. Most of his stuff is very similar in style and substance
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eh, you probably won't in Ellroy. Most of his stuff is very similar in style and substance
Some are more terse than others. I think American Tabloid is as extreme as he gets, but I'm not sure if I've read all his stuff. I like his style--it forces fast reading and really punches up the action.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:47 PM   #23
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Great American streetcar scandal

Alluded to in Who Censored (Framed) Peter Rabbit.

I'm also interested in this period and will have to think of some specific references. In the meantime, watch The Big Sleep.
Peter Rabbit?


Have you actually read the "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?" book? I liked the movie so much I've considered giving it a chance.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:18 PM   #24
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probably obvious and NOT 1940's...... Chinatown the movie is awesome. follow-up the Two Jakes didn't get good reviews but has the LA old-time cinematography vibe.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:07 AM   #25
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Yeah any LA history is welcomed ITT

40's just seem to be the most vibrant
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