Capt. Leopold McLaglen, self-styled Jiu-Jitsu champion of the world, appears in court over charges that he attempted to blackmail and extort his former employer, millionaire Philip M. Chancellor. McLaglen was accused of threatening to implicate Chancellor in a robbery, unless Chancellor paid McLaglen $20,000. McLaglen is accompanied in court by his lawyer, Harry F. Sewell, at left. November 18, 1937.
Members of the Polack Bros. Circus set up for their show inside Shrine Auditorium, which is part of the Shrine Charity Circus event. The Shrine Charity Circus is an annual 10-day event, which features an indoor show by the Polack Bros. Circus. Orphaned and underprivileged children are allowed to visit the circus as their admission is paid by affluent members of the community. The circus also travels to the children's hospital to entertain sick children who can't attend. Proceeds from the circus go to Shrine charitable activities.
Spectators enjoying the sights at the annual National Air Races, held at the Los Angeles Municipal Airport. Nearly 100 of the most talented pilots from across the world participated and thousands attended.
American actor and director Slim Summerville (right) with an unknown man. Summerville made the transition between silent to sound films. He was best known for his work in silent comedies but he also acted in dramas, such as All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and directed over 50 short films.
Crowd watching a baseball game at Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles. Los Angeles's Wrigley Field was built in 1925 and torn down in 1966. It was host to minor league baseball teams and home of the Los Angeles Angeles. The field is named after the same Wrigley as Wrigley Field in Chicago, but it actually received the name first and had more on-site parking than Chicago's field does now.
An electrical display during the Hoover Dam Power Inaugural, held to honor the first instances of power-production from the dam. Downtown Los Angeles was flooded with 7.2 million candle-power light, and engineers claimed that the display was visible from 100 miles away.
Screenshot from a film used by the prosecution at the murder trial of DeWitt Clinton Cook. The film showed Cook (right) re-enacting his murder of dancer Anya Sosoyeva, who he hit on the head with a 2x4. Cook willingly confessed to the murder, as well as the assaults of two other women, Delia Bogard and Myrtle Wagner. This was the first time sound motion pictures were used during a trial in California history. The trial was also considered very unusual because Cook never denied the murder, personally offer a not guilty plea, or put up any defense. Cook was sentenced to death and executed in the San Quentin gas chamber on January 31, 1941, at age 21
Actor Ben Lyon with his wife, actress Bebe Daniels, during a trial for 36-year-old war veteran Albert F. Holland. Holland's sanity was questioned after he wrote more than 150 love letters to Daniels and claimed to have married her in Mexico. During the case, Holland ran most of his own defense, including a lengthy cross-examination of Lyon. The jury ultimately found Holland to be insane and committed him to the state hospital.
Police and strikers outside Oblath's Studio Cafe near Paramount Pictures during the Conference of Studio Unions strike against all Hollywood studios. The CSU strike began in March 1945 and was around the six month mark when it turned violent on October 5, 1945, known as Hollywood Black Friday. National exposure of this violence forced negotiations between studios and the CSU. Negotiation ended the strike about a month later, but CSU didn't last much longer and was eventually disbanded and absorbed by rival union IATSE.