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  • Classic Hollywood: The movies at work

     Classic Hollywood: The movies at work
    As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.¶There have been stark dramas about officer workers as drones (King Vidor's 1928 "The Crowd"), satires (Charlie Chaplin's 1936 "Modern Times"), angry explorations of the hardships of unemployment (John Ford's 1940 "The Grapes of Wrath") and the dangers of certain occupations (Ford's 1941 "How Green Was My Valley" about miners) or political statements such as 1979's "Norma Rae," which examined the struggle to unionize a factory. More recent films such as 1999's "Office Space" have skewered the world of bored computer drones. ¶ So in honor of Labor Day, here are some of the best Hollywood films about the workplace, whether it's an office, a farm — or even the circus.
  • Marie Osborne Yeats dies at 99; as Baby Marie Osborne she starred in early silent movies

    Marie Osborne Yeats dies at 99; as Baby Marie Osborne she starred in early silent movies
    Marie Osborne Yeats, a top child star during the early silent-movie era who was billed as Baby Marie Osborne in films such as "Little Mary Sunshine," has died. She was 99. Yeats, who had a later career as a movie studio costume supervisor, died Nov. 11...

    Mike Silverman dies at 90; touted himself as "the Realtor to the stars"

    Mike Silverman dies at 90; touted himself as "the Realtor to the stars"
    For decades, Mike Silverman touted himself as "the Realtor to the stars," drawing swoons from the news media here and abroad both for his movie-star clientele and his movie-star looks. In his case, the nickname wasn't just a publicist's creation but a...

    Drum pioneer snares a big chunk of the market

    Drum pioneer snares a big chunk of the market
    The gig: Chief executive and founder of Valencia-based Remo Inc., a pioneer in drumhead technology and a leading manufacturer of drumheads for more than 50 years. Background: Remo Belli, 82, started drumming at age 12, while growing up in the South Bend-...

    Mystery Photo

     
    Los Angeles Times file photo Update: This is Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields in a photo stamped July 8, 1923. Their lives were made into the 1952 film “Somebody Loves Me” with Betty Hutton and Ralph Meeker. Aug. 17, 1959: Benny Fields dies at the...