Careful Who You Stop For…

August 31, 1947
Baldwin Hills
When electrician Walter Haselbuch saw two men waving red-bulbed flashlights at the intersection of Jefferson Blvd. and Harcourt Ave., he assumed they were police officers, perhaps operating one of the LAPD’s celebrated (and ACLU-defying) crime-stopping blockades. But when he pulled over, the men robbed him of $186 in cash, a $150 watch and a ring valued at $1700.

Suggested listening for prospective flashlight bandits: Waiting for the Electrician Or Someone Like Him (Firesign Theater)

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Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper is the creator of 1947project, the crime-a-day time travel blog that spawned Esotouric’s popular crime bus tours, including The Real Black Dahlia. She is the author of The Kept Girl, the acclaimed historical mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe, and of The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles. With husband Richard Schave, Kim curates the Salons and forensic science seminars of LAVA- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. When the third generation Angeleno isn’t combing old newspapers for forgotten scandals, she is a passionate advocate for historic preservation of signage, vernacular architecture and writer’s homes. Kim was for many years the editrix of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture. Her books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves and an oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel.

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  1. Film Depicts
    Tense Drama
    of Palestine

    Youthful Producers
    Brave Dangers to
    Shoot Picture on Spot

    Hollywood producers who decry the lack of strong, dramatic stories for the screen might borrow a leaf from the book of experiences of Herbert Kline, youthful producer, who picks the story ideas for his films straight out of today’s headlines.

    Kline arrived in Hollywood a few weeks ago with a highly dramatic picture, “My Father’s House,â€Â filmed completely in the Holy Land by himself and Meyer Levin, novelist. A little more than a year ago, Kline and Levin decided Palestine would be headline news for some time to come and would furnish excellent material for an exciting film.

    To them the thought was father to the project. With Floyd Crosby, cameraman, and David Scot, sound engineer, they journeyed to the historical and classical name places of the Bible, from Dan to Beersheba and made their film against these ancient backgrounds.

    Difficulties Met

    Once in Palestine, Levin, who wrote the original screenplay, proceeded to create a story that told of the search of a refugee Polish boy for his family and took the company to every far corner of the Holy Land.

    The trials and hardships of making a movie under civil war conditions would have daunted less hardy spirits. Their equipment was badly damaged, for example, when the King David Hotel was blown up by terrorists and their office was a bare 30 yards distant.

    Production was again held up on the film when the only truck the producers possessed was stolen along with their driver and used by the Palestine underground to kidnap British officers in Jerusalem. Arab terrorists refused for weeks to permit them to shoot street scenes in the Holy City and when it was finally accomplished it was done with the speed of a commando raid to avoid attacks from the hostile Arabs.

    Kline has built a career upon such hard-to-film movies of social import. He shot “Heart of Spainâ€Â in the Spanish civil war, “Crisisâ€Â during Czechoslovakia’s tragic days in 1937 and “Lights Out in Europe” (to a James Hilton script) as Poland fell to the Nazis. John Steinbeck provided the script for Kline’s Mexican film, “Forgotten Village.â€Â

    –Herbert Kline died in Los Angeles in 1999.

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