Choreographer and film director Busby Berkeley being carried into his manslaughter trial on a stretcher. Busby was on trial for manslaughter after he was involved in a car crash where two women, Ada von Briesen and Peggy Daley, died.
Louis B. Mayer, film producer and studio executive at MGM, pitches a baseball in front of a crowd of spectators. Mayer served as studio boss at MGM and produced films with stars like Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and Katharine Hepburn.
Famous and influential motion picture producer and co-founder of Paramount Pictures, Jesse L. Lasky, photographed with an older woman, possibly his mother Sarah.Jesse Louis Lasky was born in San Francisco, California in 1880. He began a career as a vaudeville performer in his 20s, which led him to business in Hollywood. In 1913, he founded the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, with his sister's husband Samuel Goldwyn and close friend Cecil B. DeMille. This company later joined with Adolph Zukor's Famous Players Film Company to release films as Paramount Pictures.
Possibly taken in relation to the investigation of actress Thelma Todd's death in December 1935. Todd's body was found in West's home where she was residing. Todd was a former co-star and close friend with Pitts and lover to West.
Entertainer Eddie Cantor (left) and producer Samuel Goldwyn, defendants (along with Jack Robbins, music publisher) in a copyright suit brought by James J. Donnelly, a Hollywood composer. Donnelly is claiming $100,000 in damages because he wasn't given credit for the use of the song "When My Ship Comes In" in a recent picture.Note: image is mislabeled in the system as 9358, it should be 9258
Howard Hughes in court during the inquest for the traffic death of Gabe S. Meyer. Hughes struck Gabe S. Meyer with his automobile. Meyer died from the injuries sustained. A jury found the pedestrian's death accidental and exonerated Hughes.
Vittorio Mussolini (at microphone right), Italian film critic, producer and son of dictator Benito Mussolini, is greeted by the press upon his arrival at Union Air Terminal. Mussolini is spending about two weeks in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter to study motion-picture manufacture in Culver City and visit friends in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. His host for the visit is film producer Hal Roach (at microphone left). Police expected a protest or demonstration from anti-Fascists at the arrival, but none occurred
West testifies at grand jury hearings to determine Todd’s cause of death. Todd was found in the garage of film director West, her business partner and lover, dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. Nance was Los Angeles Country Coroner 1921-1945. Todd's death was eventually ruled an accident.