Yet More Donlevy Dirt

September 29, 1947
Los Angeles

Superior Judge Allen W. Ashburn ruled today that Marjorie Lane Donlevy’s February divorce from actor Brian was no longer valid, despite Mr. Donlevy’s assertion that he had not encouraged Marjorie’s infidelity with a blue-blooded New Yorker.

He denied that he had entrapped his estranged wife, who was discovered in a hotel bed with James Hannan on December 15 by Donlevy and four witnesses. Further, Donlevy refutes claims by William M. Cameron and his sister-in-law Mal Simpson that he kept one hand in his pocket to suggest the presence of a firearm during a drunken visit to their home at 1239 S. Beverly Glen Dr. last New Year’s Eve.

Donlevy estimates the couple’s marital property as $200,000 at the time of her fling with Hannan, and claims he has already given Marjorie $100,000 as a settlement. Tell it to the judge, McGinty!

Further reading: Preston Sturges’ The Great McGinty

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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. Our imaginative entrepreneurs and their inventive spelling…..

    Sept. 29, 1947



    Safety chair
    For feeding
    And playtime
    Sold exclusively by
    Babee-Tenda Sales
    603 N. La Brea
    WY. 2117& 5567

    Sept. 29, 1947

    New Medical Discovery
    A scientific product—not a shampoo

    An amazingly effectual treatment for all sufferers of even advanced cases. Pleasant to use and quick-acting—startling results when used just 4 or 5 days according to instructions.


    Sept. 23, 1947

    Make this luxurious afghan on an
    Imagine making a heavy, rich-looking afghan like this in only 12 to 15 hours on a speedy EZ-DUZ-IT loom. It’s fast…it’s simple … and it’s fun to make your Christmas gifts.

    May 28, 1947

    It’s easy to dress up your home with

    You can change dull walls to radiant rooms alive with soft, cheerful colors—in just a few hours—with Heavy Kote. One coat covers old, drab wallpaper, plaster, kalsomine, wallboard—almost any wall surface—with velvety color.

    Heavy Kote is a genuine Oil paint—not a water coating. Easy to use—no tedious removal of old paint or paper, no prime coat. You apply with brush or roller—no spatter, no brush marks. Dries quickly to a soft, colorful, washable finish. Choice of 8 beautiful pastels.

    May 25, 1947
    The Insul-Mastic Corp. of American, manufacturers of Karkote, a Gilsonite underbody coating for automobiles widely used as a sound deadener, rust preventive and insulator, has established headquarters and warehouse facilities at 164 S. Central Ave.

    Sept. 28, 1947
    New, Translucent
    New and different, these teeth are shaded to match your complexion and shaped to match the contour of your facial features. They add to the Natural Appearance of the Dental Plate.

    And although “Trubyte Teethâ€Â is pretty wonderful, my personal favorite so far is:

    Sept. 14, 1947

    Home appliance specialists
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    7001 Hollywood Blvd.

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