The Era -- Day By Day

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  1. LizzieMaine

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    New developments in Assistant Attorney General John H. Amen's investigation of the Brooklyn bail-bond racket are promised today with convicted bail racketeer Max Lippe hauled into Brooklyn Supreme Court on a contempt charge stemming from his refusal to testify before a grand jury in a matter involving bribery of "a former public official whose name has not been mentioned heretofore in the investigation." Lippe appeared with yet another in a long string of prominent attorneys engaged as his defense. The man who is said to have been "a key figure bossing Brooklyn courts for years" is now represented by Milton Hertz, recently prominent as the attorney defending abortion racketeer/extortionist Dr. Abraham Ditchik. Lippe has previously been represented by former Assistant District Attorney Hyman Barshay, who successfully defended Police Lieutenant Cuthbert J. Behan in his criminal trial, and by Burton B. Turkus, who has since himself become an Assistant District Attorney under William O'Dwyer, and who withdrew from Lippe's case on the eve of the trial.

    Two key informants in the Brooklyn Murder-for-Hire case were to have themselves become victims of that gang in early February. So reveals District Attorney William O'Dwyer, who states that Anthony "Duke" Maffatore and Abe "Pretty" Levine were to have been rubbed out on order of Harry "Pittsburgh Phil" Strauss, who had marked them as "weak sisters" in the organization. O'Dwyer revealed that he had the men picked up before the order to eliminate them could be carried out.


    Twelve jurors and two alternates are ready to hear the case against seventeen Christian Front members charged with seditious conspiracy against the government, after being subjected to "blistering examination" of their personal political and religious beliefs and affiliations, and reading and radio-listening habits. Mrs. Helen R. Titus of 220 E. 18th Street, who had never been a courtroom before she was selected for jury duty, was appointed jury foreman, after the previous potential foreman was dismissed from the jury following examination. Among the questions asked potential jurors concerned their attitudes towards Jews and toward anti-Semites, their attitudes toward the Irish Republican Army, and their attitudes toward those of Irish ancestry.

    In his opening statement to the jury this morning, Assistant US Attorney Harold Kennedy stressed that the Christian Front itself is not on trial in the case, nor is race or religion on trial, but that he will prove that defendant Gerald Bishop, whom he will prove is in the country illegally, along with Brooklyn Christian Front leader John F. Cassidy, conspired to organize a "rifle and pistol club" to conceal their true purpose, and that the remaining defendants knowingly joined this club in order to receive "military training." Defense attorney Leo Healy declared in his opening statement that he will prove that the "conspiracy" is in fact a Communist conspiracy organized by agents-provocateurs of the Soviet Union in order to discredit the defendants.

    An unemployed man who lives on the earnings of his wife cannot be charged with vagrancy. So concluded Magistrate Charles Solomon in the case of 34-year-old Frank Paisano of 21 Kingsland Avenue, who was arrested as a vagrant when police discovered him loitering in the back room of a candy store at 563 Lorimer Street, going over a horse-racing scratch sheet. Paisano, a taxicab driver by trade, admitted that he hasn't worked in over a year, and lives off the earnings of his wife, Mrs. Alice Paisano, who works as an equipment operator at a sweater factory on Long Island, while also seeing to household needs and raising the couple's 8-year-old daughter. Mrs. Paisano was pleased with the verdict, saying that a man who doesn't work has to have something to do and somewhere to go, and is confident that someday her husband will find a job. Mrs. Paisano admits she doesn't enjoy having to do all the work for the family, but, she says, "it's better than relief." She adds that if she were President, she'd see to it that all the men went to work so the women could stay home.

    In Los Angeles, the "claw hammer murder case" has taken a shocking new turn, with police now saying that mother Lolita Davis did not in fact murder three of her children and then command a fourth to kill her -- rather, that fourth child, the only survivor of the group, came up with and carried out the entire murder plan herself. Eleven-year-old Chloe Davis is being held on suspicion of murder after examination by a police psychiatrist. Dr. Paul De River says that the child made up the story of her mother going insane out of fear of "demons," when in fact she herself was entirely responsible for the killings. Dr. De River called the pigtailed girl the "cruelest-blooded, coolest person" he's ever met, and that when he had dinner with the child during their interview, she showed emotion only when he refused to buy her a bottle of beer.

    ("Hey Joe," asks Sally. "You seen our bankbook?" And Joe says "It's right here in my shirt pock...ahhhh, dammit!")

    The latest trend among fashionable college women? Pipe smoking, reports a Boston tobacconist. David Ehrlich, who manufactures and sells his own line of custom tobacco pipes at his shop, tells the United Press that pipe smoking is increasingly popular among younger women, but says he also has more than a few middle-aged lady customers. He does note that women are often shy about coming into his shop to buy pipes for themselves, and often will stand outside while they send a man in to buy the pipe for them. He says that women prefer smaller, lighter pipe models that can easily fit in a purse when they aren't in use.

    (If you don't mind 'imitation strawberry flavor' ice cream you can get it any time. But if you insist on the real thing, in 1940 it's purely a seasonal product, produced with the last remnants of the previous year's strawberry crop.)

    More than 1200 persons rallied at Erasmus Hall High School last night to hear Rabbi Samuel H. Goldenson of Temple Beth-El issue a call for "mutual understanding and neighborliness." Inaugurating a campaign against social intolerance among the youth of Flabush, Rabbi Goldenson warned that living together in harmony requires more than just words, and that action is required to banish "the menace of intolerance and ignorance that besets our land."

    (Add a stack of Bob Chester records and a copy of "Screen Romances" and you'll have everything you need to be a teenage girl in 1940.)

    The Eagle Editorialist is cautiously optimistic about the most important question of the day -- how will the Dodgers do in 1940? While their Grapefruit League season "has not been such as to throw the fans into ecstacies," new outfielders Vosmik, Gilbert, and Cullenbine have proven their worth, and young Reese will be an "adequate replacement" for Durocher at shortstop. Pitching will be key, and a lot depends on Wyatt's full recovery from his knee injury. "Whatever befalls," the Editorialist concludes, "the Dodgers are assured of the unwavering support of Brooklyn fandom. If they can end the season, as they did last year, ahead of the Giants, few will ask more."

    (In his commitment to gritty realism, Mr. Lichty resists a tired cartoon trope and draws his runaways with backpacks instead of the cliched hobo bindle.)

    (Nice try, but I can get the mixed grill at Childs for 60 cents, and the only difference is no liver. I can't stand liver.)

    Herbert Cohn went to see "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Free Blonde and 21" at the RKO Albee, and says this particular double feature "provides a stunning contrast of how useless motion pictures can be, and how important," pairing "cheap pointless claptrap" with "the most courageous and revealing film ever made."

    (Honestly, will Miss Sheridan never live this down?)

    The Dodgers and Tigers were rained out yesteday in Gadsden, Alabama. and expect to get one in today in Birmingham. Meanwhile Larry MacPhail is dangling trade bait in hopes of bolstering the Dodger pitching staff, making it known that Gene Moore and/or Ernie Koy could be had in exchange for strong arms. In particular, Mr. MacPhail his eye on Hugh Mulcahy or Kirby Higbe of the Phillies and Johnny Vander Meer of the Reds, all of whom are said to be available "at the right price."

    Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons will join Tyrone Power and Thomas Mitchell as guests on the Kate Smith Hour, tonight at 8 on WABC.

    Note the beads of sweat on poor Tootsie's brow. No matter how they finally get her out, I predict the poor janitor will have a real mess to clean up on the stairs.

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Fri__Apr_5__1940_(8).jpg Bill and the kids must sure be sound sleepers.

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Fri__Apr_5__1940_(9).jpg I hope Irwin remembers to take the cigar out of his mouth before he puts on the hood.
  2. LizzieMaine

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    And in the Daily News...

    "PM" won't start publishing until June, which is a pity. If they were around in April, we could enjoy seeing Elizabeth Hawes completely demolish His Honor Judge John F. Carew.

    Daily_News_Fri__Apr_5__1940_(1).jpg Nick is usually sharper than this. He must not be getting enough sleep.

    Daily_News_Fri__Apr_5__1940_(2).jpg Oh, this'll be rich.

    Daily_News_Fri__Apr_5__1940_(3).jpg And just like that, Skeezix was appointed Vice President of Security for Wumple & Co.

    I'd love to see April bust out with some martial-arts moves she's picked up along the way, but I sadly doubt it'll go that way.

    Of course! Everybody knows a bonk on the head cures amnesia, Tracy! Don't you ever read the funnies?

    Daily_News_Fri__Apr_5__1940_(6).jpg There comes a time in every woman's life when she decides she just isn't going to take anymore, and starts to sass back at the slightest provocation. For Emmy Schmaltz Plushbottom, that time came the day after she opened a boardinghouse.

    "What ho!" Please welcome today's guest writer, P. G. Wodehouse. Harold would, in fact, make an excellent Bertie.
  3. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    The fun-cool-names-piquant-public-interest hierarchy for court cases: Murder-for-Hire > Christian Front > Bail-Bond Racket.

    Apologies to Mr. Amen, but it is what it is.

    First and foremost: she's a keeper.

    Also, while the police were arresting Mr. Paisano, did they happen to look around the "back room" of the candy shop for possibly - and I'm just going out on a limb here - bookmaking activities?

    Also (think Little Orphan Annie and a meaningful subset of film-noir movies), candy shops were much, much more interesting places in the '30s and '40s.

    This is, quite possibly, the most frightening and chilling story we've read in all these day-by-days.

    Schiaparelli was, for a time, a designer on par with Chanel, but assuming she was getting paid for her name being used (and it's popped up in these day-by-day clothing ads before), she was an early fashion designer who sold her name "down-stream." Now, we're used to it, but it was a bit of a big deal in that day. And it's something that, to this day, Chanel still all but doesn't do.

    Also, "Tumble Togs" is the perfect teen '40s brand name.

    The Childs ads are much better, but darn it, I might have to spring for the extra 15 cents just 'cause I want to try the Pineapple Marshmallow Sundae.

    I hear ya, but you know some subset of the male population cannot believe its good fortune that this crazy event led to the Oomph girl being put in handcuffs - you can't make this stuff up.

    Those guys show no ill effects from the scalding hot-water bath they just took.

    While he appears to have ruled the right way, it's simple: the judge is a pig. N.B., It's fun to see our "Fashion is Spinach" author getting a nod from you.

    I thought Edison was going to let the Fromage guy get much further along before exposing him as there's so much more he could do with the storyline first. I figured the exposure would have come a week or more out.

    Sadly and tellingly, I find the Tootsie-the-elephant gag less annoying than the crazy-author gag.
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  4. LizzieMaine

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    Candy stores in the 1930s Brooklyn sense -- little neighborhood shops selling sodas, candy, cigarettes, newspapers and magazines -- were rather notorious for what tended to go on in their back rooms, especially bookie-type stuff. There's probably a few slot machines back there too, to help Mr. Paisano (seriously, his name is Paisano?) to while away his lonely hours. And I imagine if he wants to combinate on the numbers, there's someone hanging around there who can help him out.

    It always seems like when you hear about a really sick crime in the 1940s, it happened in Los Angeles. No wonder so much of the noir stuff was set there.

    PM was a great newspaper, and it's a real pity it hasn't been digitized. Miss Hawes was the features editor, and had a column of her own where she could discuss the issues of the moment in her inimitable style. I have a small stack of original copies, and they're very lively reading.

    I think Fake Prince du Fromage and Baby, if they have any sense, will duck out on the party before Mama can find out what's going on, and the next time we encounter them they'll be returning from their elopement. And won't that be fun!
    Fading Fast and vitanola like this.
  5. LizzieMaine

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    Information provided by Abe "Kid Twist" Reles to District Attorney William O'Dwyer has solved the murders of three Brownsville racketeers. Testimony from Reles states that Meyer, Irving, and Willie Shapiro were killed one-by-one between 1931 and 1934 when they resisted ordersr to turn over operation of their rackets to Reles and associate Martin "Buggsy" Goldstein. Meyer was the first to die, ambushed and shot to death in the hallway of his Blake Avenue home on July 11, 1931, and Irving followed less than two months later, with his body found in a Manhattan apartment on September 7, 1931. Willie Shapiro swore vengeance, but was instead found buried in a laundry sack in a Canarsie sandpit on July 18, 1934. An autopsy revealed that he had been buried alive.

    The seditious conspiracy trial of seventeen "Christian Front" members will resume on Monday in Brooklyn Federal Court with National Guard machine-gunner Dennis A. Healy on the witness stand for the prosecution. In two hours of testimony yesterday, Healy stated that he attended numerous meetings with the defendants in which they outlined their plans to commit acts of terrorism that would "cause Jews and Communists to rise in revolt," paving the way for the Front itself to seize control of the Government with the cooperation of "high officers of the National Guard."

    Two Franco-British conferences have revealed plans for an "immediate, ruthless blockade" of goods bound in and out of Germany in all possible spheres, including the Pacific, according to reports. At the same time, the reports continue, pressure will be brought to bear on Germany's neighbors to halt all shipments of minerals, oils, and fats to that nation.

    Police in Los Angeles say they're not convinced by statements from a police psychiatrist that eleven-year-old Chloe Davis was responsible for the so-called "claw hammer murders" of her family. Deputy Police Chief Homer Cross says the child is sticking to her story that her mother, Mrs. Lolita Davis, beat her siblings to death with the hammer, then set her hair on fire and demanded that Chole beat her with the hammer until it broke. Under further interrogation, the girl told police that she saw her mother slash her wrists with a razor blade after killing her three siblings, and an examination of Mrs. Davis's body confirmed deep slash wounds on both wrists. The girl's father, S. Baron Davis, who was not at home at the time of the killings, told police that he believed that his wife had mental problems and was fully capable of doing the things Chloe says that she did. The child is expected to face further questioning, with police noting that she remains completely cool and utterly poised despite hours of interrogation over the past two days.

    A court action protesting the removal of Bertrand Russell from the faculty of City College of New York will continue, despite word that Mayor LaGuardia has deleted the professorship Russell would have held from the education budget. The Mayor would state only that funding for the chair was eliminated in keeping with the city policy of deleting vacant positions. Meanwhile, more than 2000 CCNY students turned out for a protest rally at City Hall, delivering telegrams of support from leading academics demanding Russell's reinstatement.

    In Philadelphia, two Dies Committee agents and a policeman were arrested on charges of violating the civil rights of members of the Communist Party, opening the way for a Federal trial to determine whether the Committee has the legal right to raid Communist offices. Federal Judge George Welsh ordered the arrests in what he declared to be a "test case" intended to settle the question of the Committee's authority to order and carry out political raids. The two Committee agents and a Philadelphia patrolman raided Communist headquarters in the city last Tuesday, seizing a truckload of books and party documents.

    Miss Dorothy Mae Killgalen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Lawrence Kilgallen of 125 E 72nd Street in Manhattan, formerly of Brooklyn, was married today to Richard Tompkins Kollmar, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kollmar of Ridgewood, New Jersey, in the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer. The bride is a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush, and of the College of New Rochelle. In 1936 she became the first woman to fly around the world in passenger airplanes. She currently writes "The Voice of Broadway" column for the New York Journal American. The groom attended St. Bernard's Preparatory School, Tusculum College, and Yale and Columbia Universities. He is currently performing the lead role in the George Abbott musical comedy "Too Many Girls."

    (When complete games were a routine thing...)


    The Dodgers got it on the chin, in the neck, and about everywhere else, suffering a 15 to 5 loss to the Detroit Tigers yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama. Brooklyn pitching was limp before the Tiger power attack, which included two home runs and a triple by first baseman Rudy York, who also knocked in five runs.

    Manager Durocher suggests that the lineup used in yesterday's game could very well be that which takes the field on Opening Day, as he juggles his way thru the available players to find a comfortable combination. Dixie Walker batting leadoff and Pete Coscarart batting second make able table-setters for Joe Vosmik, Babe Phelps and Cookie Lavagetto, who have all hit with power over the spring.

    The Dodgers and Tigers go at it again today in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    The Rangers and the Maple Leafs go into Game Three of the Stanley Cup finals in Toronto tonight, with the Rangers determined to wrap it up in five games, sending the Big Tin Tureen back to Madison Square Garden for the first time since 1933. Hear the game at 8:45 PM over WHN.

    (Cliff likes to live dangerously. But not so dangerously that he's willing to name a name. Not just yet.)

    A priest who made headlines in 1934 for picketing a Mae West movie and again in 1936 for forcibly ejecting a woman from church for wearing a halter top and slacks, has been appointed pastor of St. Sylvester's Roman Catholic Church in East New York.. Father Joseph A. Smith comes to Brooklyn from St. Joseph's Church in Babylon, where he was controversial for his declaration that he would "drive morons out of the church of God and back to the gutter." (How very Christlike.)

    Herbert Cohn went to see Ann Sheridan's first starring picture, "It All Came True," at the New York Strand, and while nobody showed up in the lobby with handcuffs, he was nonetheless impressed with her performance. Nobody showed up to handcuff her co-star Humphrey Bogart, either, but they well might have on the grounds that he steals the picture as a bemused slick-haired racketeer who seeks refuge in a curiosity-chamber boardinghouse filled with stuffed monkeys and ends up hatching a plot to turn the place into a Gay 90s-themed nightclub. Miss Sheridan rises to the occasion by performing two songs, and "sends a choir of docile grandmothers into a frantic rug-cutting session."

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Sat__Apr_6__1940_(3).jpg Tootsie's expression in Panel Three is adorable. And clearly she's trolling George. Everybody trolls George.

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Sat__Apr_6__1940_(4).jpg Judging from the caliber of that thing, Mary's just pulled a marine flare pistol or a really-really-really-sawed off shotgun. Either way, the old lady ain't foolin'.

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Sat__Apr_6__1940_(5).jpg While Irwin, meanwhile, discovers he really really likes the exilharation that comes with Grand Theft Auto.
  6. LizzieMaine

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    And in the Daily News...


    (If you ask me, there's something deeply sociopathic in this whole family, and I would recommend strongly that Dad be subjected to a thorough and rigorous interrogation. He knows more than he's saying.)

    Daily_News_Sat__Apr_6__1940_(2).jpg Not quite the move I was hoping for, but it's something.

    Daily_News_Sat__Apr_6__1940_(3).jpg Keep digging, Nick. Your life depends on it.

    Daily_News_Sat__Apr_6__1940_(4).jpg I had no idea a machine shop could be such a hotbed of intrigue.

    Daily_News_Sat__Apr_6__1940_(5).jpg I wonder what would happen if Mama and Mamie Mullins got into a wrestling match? Just the kind of thought that occurs to one on a long sleepless night.

    Daily_News_Sat__Apr_6__1940_(6).jpg And there's no smoking in the bathroom!

    Daily_News_Sat__Apr_6__1940_(7).jpg The movie version of this scene would be hilarious, if only for that feather whipping around and hitting Emmy over and over again in the face.

    Daily_News_Sat__Apr_6__1940_(8).jpg Y'know, Harold used to be a pretty bright kid, in his own way, but two months in the Big City have left him so dumbstruck that he doesn't even recognize the route leading toward his own home town. Let that be a lesson to all you would-be runaways out there.
  7. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    Awful, but just-got-more-interesting story.

    Heck, other than for one of their starting pitchers, I spent last season just praying for five good innings from any of the Yankee starters.

    Yes, he seems to have lost the big picture.

    Boy, that handcuff thing really took off. I saw this movie last year on TCM (comments here: #26889).

    Could not agree more - even just the little the dad said in the article can be picked apart. And, yes, so much about this family is disturbing...very disturbing.

    She's doing what her 90lbs will allow - as we've seen, she's got grit.

    I respect that Nick has enough control of his ego to realized that he's small fry to Alex - that type of perspective will help him. I know I shouldn't be, but darn it, I'm rooting for Nick to survive.

    The simple details in panel one perfectly and impressively captures the bathroom's detail (I've seen that sink in many old NYC bars and restaurants - right down to the "three slot" overflow drain). That's some real illustrating talent.
  8. LizzieMaine

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    District Attorney William O'Dwyer has fingered Louis Capone, no relation to Al, as the primary "contact man" for the Brooklyn Murder For Hire Gang. The dapper mob chieftain, currently held as a material witness, has, according to O'Dwyer, acted as a go-between "for Lepke, Luciano, and every other gang boss who wanted to contract for a killing.


    "His fingers," declared O'Dwyer, "are dipped in the blood of every murder committed by his mob." The District Attorney does stress that Capone is not the head man of the gang itself, but declares that "he was in on the know of every crime committed by these bums." Only one other man countermand Capone's orders said O'Dwyer, identifying that man as Harry "Pittsburgh Phil" Strauss," who, in turn, answered only to the actual head of the gang. O'Dwyer says Capone was standing on the corner of Saratoga and Lavonia Avenues on the night of November 24, 1933 to personally put the hit on Alex "Red" Alpert. The following day, Alpert was killed. Capone was also the owner of a Coney Island restaurant where the gang members were known to gather, and lives at a home at 1354 E. 49th Street surrounded by a wall with broken glass embedded in cement at the top.

    A crowd of 200,000 turned out yesterday in Manhattan to see the city's annual Army Day parade display Uncle Sam's newly-streamlined national defense preparations. A total of 880 mechanized units from the National Guard and the Regular Army rolled down 5th Avenue between 86th and 63rd Streets, along with floats representing various industrial elements of the defense program. Planes droned overhead and the sun glinted off the latest in death-dealing contrivances as a brisk wind blew off caps and caused spectators to grasp their coats close as the parade rolled by.

    Brooklyn's notorious black spider, the Fulton Street "L", will come down between June 1st and June 10th according to the latest plans from the Mayor's Committee on the Removal of Elevated Structures. It had originally been planned to begin demolition by May 15th, but the Board of Estimate granted an exemption to allow for consummation of the unification agreement between the BMT and the Brooklyn-Queens Transit Company, a necessary step before ownership of the L structure can officially be assumed by the City.

    Berlin has issued a call to the neutral governments of the north to "take a stand" on the question of the Allied blockade, delcaring the official Nazi view that the blockade is "a violation of the sovereign rights" of the Scandanavian powers. The statement published in a German economic paper widely seen as an official voice of the Hitler Government also demands that the Netherlands must give indication of whether or how far it has "sacrificed its neutral rights" and "shirked its duty to Germany."

    Monsignor Fulton J. Sheen took a veiled swing at Bertrand Russell yesterday in a speech to the more than 4000 members of the Catholic Teachers Association of the Diocese of Brooklyn. "If we're going to crucify truth, morality, and religion," declared Sheen, "let's do it openly." He went on, without mentioning Russell's name, to denounce those who "preach academic freedom when their ideas on private morals are attacked."

    One of Brooklyn's first burlesque theatres fell to the wrecking ball this week, as wrecking crews went to work on the Gayety Theatre, Middleton Street at Throop Avenue in Williamsburg. The forty-eight-year old theatre saw a long parade of famous dancers, comedians, acrobats, and burlesque queens over its lifetime, which spanned the era from decorously-clothed burlesque to the sort of performance that brought occasional police raids. The site of the theate is expected to be redeveloped as either an apartment building or a used-car lot.

    The moon will do the Big Apple this afternoon at 5:05 when Brooklyn gets a glimpse of an annular solar eclipse. The moon will not entirely blot out the sun as it moved across the sky, but it will obscure most of the solar disc, leaving visible only a bright ring of the sun.

    ("Hmph!" says Joe. "Kids today. I ask ya. We never did nuthin' like this when *I* was in school." And Sally says "Yeah, that's 'cause you quit in the sixth grade. All the fun stuff starts when ya get to 7-B.")

    Ginger Rogers and Fred MacMurray star in "Vivacious Lady" on the Gulf Screen Guild Theatre, tonight at 7:30 on WABC.

    Deanna Durbin shares a joke and a tune with Charlie McCarthy on the Chase & Sanborn Program, tonight at 8 PM on WEAF.

    "The Right To Work" says the way to solve unemployment is to prohibit by law all married women from holding paid employment, as well as all persons collecting any kind of a pension. "Is there no politician with the courage to tackle this national disgrace?" (In 1940, approximately 14 percent of married American women are employed, and that number has been increasingly steadily since the 1920s. It will continue to increase, as the TRTWs of the world writhe in abject fear.)

    (In 2020, Williamsburg is a mecca for the hip, the artistic, and the trendy. In 1940, it's where you went to buy rotted manure.)

    W. Denninger of Bergen Street regales his fellow Old-Timers with the memory of old-fashioned Snow Days at PS 2, when school would be dimissed at 1 PM, and all the kids would run screaming into the streets at the promise of a whole afternoon of fun. He also remembers in the days before the trolley cars came, he had to walk to school all the way from 28th Street to 46th Street every day. "Wotta hike!"


    Luke Hamlin scattered six hits and went the distance as the Dodgers shut out the Tigers 6-0 in Chattanooga. The teams close out their series in Nashville, Tennessee today, providing the rains hold off.


    The Dodgers will wrap up their pre-season activities this coming weekend, when they arrive back home in Brooklyn to begin the traditional three-game series against the Yankees at Ebbets Field. Hometown fans will likely get their first glimpse of rookie shortstop sensation Peewee Reese and outfielder Charley Gilbert in the three contests leading into the start of the regular season. The Dodgers will open the 1940 campaign in Boston on April 16th.

    The Bushwicks open their season today at Dexter Park against the Lancaster Red Roses. The Bay Parkways also kick off their campaign at Erasmus Field against Wilmington.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs kept alive in the Stanley Cup Finals, edging the Rangers 2-1 at Maple Leaf Gardens. The series returns to New York with the Rangers leading two games to one in the best-of-seven playoff.

    The man who made "Crusading District Attorney" part of the Brooklyn lexicon gets the cover spot for the "Trend" section this week --


    At the Patio, it's Mr. Grant and Miss Russell in "His Girl Friday," with Martha Raye and Charlie Ruggles in "The Farmers Daughter." (Something for everyone.)

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Sun__Apr_7__1940_(7).jpg ("Generous White Trader" huh? With that moustache?)

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Sun__Apr_7__1940_(8).jpg (Dennie is growing up to be quite the little wisenheimer, but you notice he never pulls it around his grandma.)

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Sun__Apr_7__1940_(9).jpg (Imagine the disappointment of the poor folks who only get the Sunday "Dan Dunn." "Wait, there was excitement? And we missed it???")

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Sun__Apr_7__1940_(10).jpg (The bill poster works for Jo, and she gets her money's worth.)
  9. LizzieMaine

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    And in the Daily News ---

    Daily_News_Sun__Apr_7__1940_.jpg Daily_News_Sun__Apr_7__1940_(1).jpg
    No flow chart, but a pretty good summary of the story as it now stands.

    "Our next number will be a real killer-diller!"

    "Don't worry, cousin. Pop one o' these Jolly Jack Bars in yer gapin' maw, and you'll be truckin' an' shaggin' again in no time! Solid, dad! Straight up!"

    "The potion cannot fail. I call it --Ex Lax!"

    "Oh, Min! Have you heard from Chester this week?" "Oh, you know how boys are, Andy. He sent another one of those cheap picture postcards. 'Wish You Were Here.' Now what do you suppose he could mean by that?"

    Well now. Somebody's had their Dari-Rich today.


    I look forward to this storyline with great anticipation, if only for the inevitable sight of Willie standing behind an elephant with a shovel.
  10. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    And, apparently, only O'Dwyer and gossip-columnist Clifford Evans know who the head man - the "brains -" is.

    Is it really "re-development" and not just demolition and removal when you convert a theater to a used-car lot?

    The mixing and matching of stars on these radio shows is fun. The original movie version from '38 with Rogers and Jimmy Stewart is a good one.

    Wut? The hike to and from school wasn't up hill both ways?

    I'll just note briefly again, a top-ten (at least) movie of all time. Despite a few forced (and obvious) nods to the code, this is clearly a woman-is-smarter-than-the-men-in-business-and-life movie. And this is that fantastic woman:

    I believe you nailed the Eagle's plan to increase circulation.

    Also, the emphasis on the chains has me thinking about our recent discussion about "Chekhov's Gun." I'd double check those chains if I was Irwin or Rooney.

    Agreed - I still want the flowchart (it would make a heck of a Sunday pullout supplement), but this is a really helpful summary.

    Neat indirect connect to the illegal slot-machine racket (like the one the mobsters wanted the diner owner to put in his place in Mary Worth).

    Even Nick's men are smart - I do think Nick is suspicious of the candy, but he's not yet sure why.


    I don't know if Superman was borrowing from T&TP or vice versa, but Pat and the Man of Steel have quite an echo. And that is a well done action sequence.
  11. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    There's so much good information in this article. Note again, candy stores - one of my favorite places on earth - are at the center of some very not-nice stuff. Also, it is seemingly incredible how inexpensive it was to get someone killed, but that might be misleading as we are only seeing the prices paid to the hired guns not the price paid to the organization to arrange for it to happen. And so much that we see in film noir and comic strips is here, like goons roughing up a cigar store owner or standing out front of his place to turn away customers until he paid "protection" money. And, of course, the names: One can only guess if Abe "Kid Twist" Reles was named so owing to his knife skill? This is all incredible stuff.
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  12. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    The Eagle has done a pretty thorough job covering this story, but there's really nothing else like the way the News covers this kind of stuff. It's been a long time since I bought the Sunday News, but when I was a teenager I always looked forward to getting it --along with the best comics section going, they always had a "Did Justice Triumph?" true-crime feature written and laid out very much like this piece.

    I imagine as things develop the stuff we're up to now will seem like small peanuts once the probe gets closer to Mister Big.

    Also note they go after "housewives who run picayune card games for pin money." My mother used to do exactly this when I was little (I learned to play poker at age six), but it never occured to me that goons might show up to rub her out.

    Siegel and Shuster were big fans of Terry & The Pirates, and their earlier "Slam Bradley" strip featured an extremely Pat Ryan-like lead character, sort of Pat Ryan crossed with Captain Easy, who was the original archetype of the dark, good looking two-fisted adventure character in comics. Pat is looking extremely Supermanish in today's strip, even down to the forecurl.
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  13. vitanola

    vitanola I'll Lock Up

    Gopher Prairie, MI
    “I had no idea a machine shop could be such a hotbed of intrigue.”

    I gather that you’ve never worked in one.
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  14. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    At least 150 German troops and 80 horses were killed today when a British submarine torpedoed a Nazi steamer four miles off the coast of Norway. The German vessel Rio de Janeiro was reported by the United Press to be a military transport ship. Meanwhile, press reports in Stockholm state that 50 German warships have steamed thru the Danish straits and have entered the Kattegat. And, reports from Naarvik, Norway state that at least eight German ships have been caught in the British blockade, but none are yet known to have been boarded and seized.

    The key prosecution witness in the trial of seventeen Christian Front members accused of mounting a seditious conspiracy against the government testified today that one of the defendants outlined plans for a "temporary dictatorship" under the control of retired US Army General George Van Horn Moseley. Witness Denis A. Healy stated that he was told by accused conspirator William Gerald Bishop that under the dictatorship of General Moseley, all gold held by the Federal Reserve would be distributed "among the people," and all internal debts cancelled. According to Healy, Bishop planned, with the cooperation of troops loyal to Moseley, to "throw a ring of steel" around major cities, block all transportation routes, and seize all armories "until they were driven out." As for defendant John F. Cassidy, known Chrisitan Front leader for Brooklyn, Healy testified that he had his own agenda, planning to go to Washington and execute twelve Congressmen "to show that we mean business."

    District Attorney William O'Dwyer says he has evidence tying the 1935 slaying of Prohibition-era crimelord "Dutch" Schultz to the Brooklyn Murder-For-Hire Gang. It is reported that Charles "The Bug" Workman, now held as a material wtiness at the Raymond Street Jail in default of $100,000 bail, is the source of this information, with Assistant District Attorney Burton Turkus stating that he has learned from Workman that an unnamed "Brownsville character" with ties to the gang boasted after the Schultz killing that he was the gunman. Turkus calls Workman the "contact man" between gangland kingpin Louis "Lepke" Buchalter and the murder organization.

    The attorney for Mrs. Jean Kay, Flatbush housewife whose petition campaign led to the removal of Bertrand Russell from the CCNY faculty, is asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide protection for his client on the basis of threats delivered by mail and by telephone since the Russell verdict was announced. Attorney Joseph Goldstein says Mrs. Kay has been deluged with threatening, abusive, and salacious letters and phone calls targeting herself and her daughter Gloria, including threats to blow up their house. The Kays live at 585 E. 16th Street, and Mrs. Kay's husband is a dentist.

    The Amen Office says that Brooklyn contracting firms have paid large sums of money over the past three years to public officials "to secure favors," in a statement released by George H. Chambers, assistant to Assistant Attorney General John H. Amen. Chambers says that evidence to support that statement has been released to both special Grand Juries handling cases related to the Amen investigations in response to a motion filed by an attorney representing the Cranford Material Corporation, one of the firms targeted by the probe, to vacate subpoenas issued against officials of that company.

    In Calgara, Alberta a mob of over three hundred Canadian soldiers attacked the home of a Negro bandleader and seized a white soldier they found inside. The attack on the residence of 29-year-old Lou Darby, which resulted in smashed windows and extensive damage to the interior of the house, was said to have been triggered by an "attack on a soldier by a Negro" last week. (In fact, the white soldier seized inside the house was Mr. Darby's brother-in-law, and the "Negro" who attacked the soldier last week was Mr. Darby's brother, who had supposedly "been approached by" the white soldier's girlfriend at a dance.)

    (Just don't drop the bottle off that girder there, Butch. Somebody could get hurt.)

    The head man of the Boost Brooklyn Committee wants to see movie production return to the borough. Milton Solomon says the movie companies abandoned the borough because of unpredictable weather conditions, but with improvements in interior filming techniques there's no reason the studios need stay in Hollywood, and there are still workable studio facilities in Brooklyn that could serve as the nucleus for future development of the industry here. The Vitagraph Company operated in Brooklyn thruout the silent era, and Warner Brothers operated a short-subject studio here as recently as last year.

    ("Hey!" exclaims Joe. "I ever tell you 'bout that time I was in a movie! Right over there on East 14th! They was shootin' with that Shemp Howard, an' I was walkin' by in the background! Even got mud splashed on me!" And Sally, who has heard this story many times, replies, "Yeah, an' I sent 'em a bill for the cleanin' an' they never paid it. Bunch o' bums.")

    Borough President John Cashmore today launched a drive to keep the Brooklyn sugar-processing industry from being "wiped out." Cashmore has invited the entire Brooklyn Congressional delegation to attend a meeting Friday night at which the troubles facing the industry will be examined, and solutions considered. Local commercial and industrial leaders will also attend the conference.

    (At this rate it should hit the Patio sometime in June, once all the Loew's houses have had their shot.)

    (Are there golf courses in Pueblo country? I'm confused.)

    (I'm not a particular fan of Mr. Guest's cracker-barrel style of poetry, but give him credit -- this one hits the spot.)

    The Dodgers move into the final leg of their spring barnstorming tour, hooking up today in Owensboro, Kentucky with the Yankees, who will travel with them the rest of the way back to New York. Yesterday, Tex Carleton, the comeback kid of 1940, went the distance to close out the series against the Tigers with a 6-to-4 ten inning victory in Nashville. Babe The Blimp Phelps broke up the game in the tenth with a two-run homer, and all seven Dodger hits in the contest went for extra bases, with doubles for Vosmik, Bert Haas, Peewee Reese, and Roy Cullenbine, a triple for Vosmik and homers by Phelps and Dolph Camilli. Haas got into the game as a last-minute sub for Cookie Lavagetto, who was complaining of indigestion. Pete Coscarart's 16 game hitting streak came to an end as the Tigers blanked him. (NOOOOOO! yells Sally.)

    (Any pie? CUSTARD pie? I'll be right back.)

    Fibber McGee and Molly go out of character in "Mama Loves Papa," on tonight's Lux Radio Theatre, 9 PM on WABC.

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Mon__Apr_8__1940_(5).jpg ("Oh yeah? Where in the lease does it say NO ELEPHANTS?")

    (You better look into getting some caps for it or something. They'll be back.)

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Mon__Apr_8__1940_(7).jpg (Y'know, these guys would be much more intimidating if they'd learn to stand up straight.)
  15. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...


    Granddad's saddle shoes reveal he's not quite the old grump that he seems. He's probably got the kids all wound up from playing his Charlie Barnet records, yeah man!

    Daily_News_Mon__Apr_8__1940_(2).jpg I'm willing to bet that before this is over, Katerina's going to make a move to get rid of Axel himself and take over the whole operation. And he's so full of himself he won't see it coming.

    Daily_News_Mon__Apr_8__1940_(3).jpg "And our next selection from the Club Rhumba, Rudy Seton and the boys give out with "Shoot The Bullet To Me Herbert!"

    Daily_News_Mon__Apr_8__1940_(4).jpg The body of Marie Dressler, the mouth of Martha Raye, and the soul of Patsy Kelly. Mazie needs to have her own strip.

    Daily_News_Mon__Apr_8__1940_(5).jpg Guess you won't be getting the two cents back on that bottle.

    Daily_News_Mon__Apr_8__1940_(6).jpg "I was suspicious of him all the time."

    Daily_News_Mon__Apr_8__1940_(7).jpg Today's guest writer: Mrs. Frank Willard.

    Daily_News_Mon__Apr_8__1940_(8).jpg I wonder if, over the past two months, Harold's parents have made any effort to locate him at all. Or his boss down at the butcher shop? Or Pop Jenks? Or his friends? Or even Lillums? Or, instead, are they all sighing with relief that he's finally out of their hair?
  16. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    That's quite the elaborate plan, but how many members were there in the Christian Front and what resources did they really have? At some point, a plan is nothing more than a fantasy when it is massively beyond one's capabilities.

    I guess arresting and convicting Dutch Shultz's killer is the right thing to do, but somehow I can't generate a lot of enthusiasm for it.

    By accident, I watched the Daniel Craig "Casino Royal" this weekend as if it was a "continuous" showing as I turned on the TV when it was an hour or so in, so I watched it to the end and, then, noticed I could watch it on-demand, so I watched the first hour. For a movie one's seen, like I had with CR, it worked okay, but it still strikes me as an odd way to see a movie for the first time (even though, when I was a little kid, my grandmother and I did it a few times - to her, it was absolutely normal).

    I'm with you - my first choice too.

    I have no idea about 1940s, but today's standard NYC rental contract/lease is insanely landlord friendly to the point that you just sign it (I've signed, probably, twenty or more of them over the past three decades) and know that your protection is cultural norms - little in them is ever enforced - and tenant rights rules, regs and laws. In general, it works 98% of the time as landlords just want tenants to pay and not be crazy tenants and tenants just want to get basic services for what they pay and to not have crazy landlords. Hence, it's in everybody's interest to just play by the unwritten rules. But of course, the 1-2% of tenants and landlords that are jerks end up in court, the newspapers, etc.

    Yes, so here's a crazy idea - call the police (or Blackston)!


    Agreed, but she's pretty full of herself as well.

    Thanks for taking three of the four panels today to recap what happened all the way back to...yesterday.
  17. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    The Front was one of those organizations where you never really knew how strong it was. Coughlin claimed to have "millions" of followers, but his radio ratings were declining sharply by 1940, so you can assume his following wasn't as strong as he claimed it was, and however many followers he had, only some percentage of them would have been rabid enough to become militant. But the Front was very strong in the Northeast, wherever there were concentrations of Irish Catholics, so it might have seemed more of a menace than it actually was so far as the rest of the country was concerned.

    This General Van Horn Moseley was a real piece of work. He was a radical, vocal anti-Semite and racist who was publicly and widely known to be such even while still in uniform. He retired from the military in 1939, and if any ex-Army guy was going to get involved with a Nazi plot, it would be him -- and because his last command was the entire Third Army, one might reasonably suspect he had followers still in uniform who he might feel he could call on. He was by any moral standard a genuinely odious man.

    The Eagle Editorialist a week or two back commented that in a way it's too bad the Murder For Hire gang has to be brought down -- they do a much more efficient job of "getting rid of the trash" than the police do. Somewhere Nick Gatt is smiling.

    If memory serves, George has faced down an eviction notice many times, but he somehow still manages to find a landlord who'll take him. Even if it's always on the fourth floor of a crappy walk-up building full of neighbors who hate him on sight.

    If I were Mary I'd be down at the pawn shop investing in a real gun. Bonetti no doubt now has her marked.

    Monday strips are often a disappointment. A strip like Terry, which has to stuff a week's worth of continuity into the Sunday page for papers that don't take the daily also has to stuff everything that happened on Sunday into Monday for the sake of papers that don't take the Sunday page. That said, I do appreciate the casual way Raven conks that guy with the bottle. She doesn't look angry or ferocious, just mildly irritated that this series of events has disrupted her day.
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  18. David Conwill

    David Conwill Call Me a Cab

    Bennington, VT 05201
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  19. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Yeah, exactly. Why not publish a map showing exactly how to get there. "Just an easy block away from the Newkirk Avenue station on the BMT!"
  20. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in case of any doubt, here's a picture:

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