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The dark side

Jane Greer and Robert Mitchum, stars of 1947’s “Out of the Past,” brought a romance to noir films that began as World War II subsided. “Never before had films dared to take such a harsh, uncomplimentary look at American life,” filmmaker Paul Schrader wrote. (Warner Home Video)
Ned Doheny, left, poses with his mother and father, oilman Edward L. Doheny, in the 1920s. Ned was found dead at one of the family’s mansions amid a probe in connection with the Teapot Dome scandal. (File photo)
The mansion where Ned Doheny’s body and that of a family chauffeur were found in 1929, both with bullet wounds in the head. A full investigation was promised by the new district attorney, but none came. (File photo)
“Tiger Woman” was the nickname of dancer Clara Phillips, who beat a rival to death and escaped, with an admirer’s help, to Honduras only to be tracked down by a reporter. (File photo)
The site of a murder (what is now Avenue 37) where vaudeville dancer Clara Phillips beat a rival to death. In that decade, L.A. papers vied to report on a city that was bursting apart at the seams, and tabloid culture was born. (File photo)
Sniffing out corruption: Jack Nicholson gets a slice of “Chinatown.” (Paramount Pictures)