The Case of the Tipsy Toddler?

September 26, 1947
Los Angeles

Songbird Marjorie Lane Donlevy’s February divorce from actor Brian Donlevy is not going well. In fact, the lady has filed to have it voided.

She claims that last December, the actor–who when he wasn’t ignoring her talked constantly of divorce– suggested she go to New York. While in the east, she met and was wooed by James Hannan, who shocked her with an almost immediate proposal of marriage. She succumbed to his attentions.

During her travels, Donlevy kept their 4-year-old daughter Judith in an unknown location, and refused her access to the child. Soon he revealed knowledge of her affair with Hannan (and possession of compromising photographs), and used that information to force her to consent to a “grossly unfair” divorce decree, lest he take the photos to the newspapers.

Mrs. Donlevy now believes that Mr. Hannan’s woo was being pitched at the behest of her ex-husband. Further, she denies the claim of her daughter’s nurse that the child once drank a glass of gin that was sitting unattended on a table within her reach.

There will be a hearing in Superior Court Judge Fred Miller’s court on Monday. For now, Miller has ordered Donlevy to pay $2100 in his ex-wife’s legal expenses.

Further viewing: in 1947, Mr. Donlevy appeared in Kiss of Death… and in The Trouble with Women (which is not available on DVD)

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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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    JERUSALEM, Sept. 24. (AP)—Ten Jews were arrested tonight at Judaism’s holiest shrine, the Wailing Wall, when two of them attempted, contrary to Palestine law, to blow the ram’s horn signalizing the end of Yom Kippur.

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    Jews traditionally attempt to smuggle a ram’s horn to the Wailing Wall on Jewish holy days and police always are alert to possible racial violence. No violence occurred during this year’s attempt except for a brief flurry of fisticuffs when police wrested the horn from the young Jews who planned to blow the sunset blast.

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    Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, most solemn day in the Hebrew calendar, was observed by Jewish residents of Los Angeles yesterday with prayer and fasting and services at scores of temples and synagogues.

    “There is both healing and power in our moments of humility,â€Â Rabbi Ernest Trattner told his audience at Temple Emanuel, Beverly Hills. “When life is turbulent and agitated, God is not perfectly reflected. When God’s greatness floods our lives it is amazing how we take on new strength to meet the issues of daily living.â€Â

    “Man never is so noble as when he is overcome with a sense of shame and guilt,â€Â said Rabbi Alex S. Wiesel at Temple Sholom. “Unless we resolve this day to return to the God of our fathers we shall have no free and sovereign nation, no morality, no peace nor happiness to leave to our children. Without obedience to God’s laws no nation ever has been preserved.â€Â

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