TORN FROM THE HEADLINES
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The dark side

TORN FROM THE HEADLINES
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)
A PROMINENT FAMILY
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)
TRAGEDY AMID ELEGANCE
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’
“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)
DEATH IN THE SUN
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
Sniffing out corruption: Jack Nicholson gets a slice of “Chinatown.” (Paramount Pictures)
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