Category: Entertainment

Futuristic costume

Images: Left, movie poster by George Petty via;
Right, Dorothy Lamour illustration by George Petty via Todd Paeper .

On this date in 1939 the Paramount Picture Man About Town premiered. Dorothy Lamour’s futuristic clothing may have been designed by Edith Head who is credited with costume design for the film.



Nominated for several Oscars, the Mank movie depicts southern California during the 1930s. It includes a 1939 car crash that contributes to the story line of Herman Mankiewicz writing the Citizen Kane script in 1940 at the Kemper Campbell ranch in Victorville. This blogger recommends watching it to get a sense of what L.A. looked like then. Keep in mind that, in true Hollywood fashion, it doesn’t let facts get in the way of the story. Click on the image link above for a facts vs. movie rundown.

Palomar Ballroom


The Palomar Ballroom burned to the ground on October 2, 1939. It claimed to be the largest dance hall on the West Coast, at 3rd Street and Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. The swing era of jazz began there, according to and other sites, with a performance by Benny Goodman and his band in 1935.


This undated, circa late 1930s view shows the night club as customers would have seen it at night. Learn more about the Palomar and see additional photos at