Attention, Joan Crawford Lovers: The Mildred Pierce House is For Lease!

We got a tip today from a Glendale resident and Joan Crawford fan who wishes to remain anonymous, and who we’ll call Veda.

Veda wanted to be sure we knew that 1143 North Jackson Street, which served as the exterior of Mildred and Bert Pierce’s unhappy marital home in the 1945 film of James M. Cain’s Mildred Pierce, and which is a featured location on our Birth of Noir tour, is available for lease.

Surely someone within the sound of our digital voice loves Joan Crawford and is looking for a pleasant suburban home in which to bake pies, spoil their children, call a wandering spouse’s bluff and maybe make their first fortune? Just don’t schedule a house tour expecting to find a cozy upstairs for the kids’ rooms: it’s a famous blooper that the single story exterior location gives way to a two-story studio set.

Veda notes that the Rossmoyne Historic District is a terrific neighborhood, and you’ll be walking distance from Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Ralphs, Vons, and We’re Pouring, the local taphouse and gastropub.

Should you move in, we hope you’ll step outside and join our Birth of Noir tour group when we’re again able to give tours. We’ll tell the story of the prior owner, a lovely French lady, and how she saved the now magnificent front yard palm tree, because it was in the movie, and what kind of a monster would buy the house and not save Mildred’s dying palm tree if she could? The world is held together by such small acts of grace, and we are so grateful.

Celebrating Raymond Chandler’s 128th birthday with a sale on books and bus tours

On July 23, 1888, Raymond Thornton Chandler was born in Chicago, a smart, sensitive kid dealt a strange deck that would, in time, make him the great chronicler of the dark side of the California dream.

Join me in celebrating the master’s 128th birthday with a week-long sale on noirish things that you can enjoy in person or in the privacy of your own head.


From July 23-29, 2016:

  • Take $12.80* off on tickets on Esotouric’s July 30 edition of the Raymond Chandler’s L.A. bus tour with the discount code redwind
  • Take $12.80* off on tickets on Esotouric’s The Birth of Noir bus tour on 9/10 with the discount code haytruck
  • The Kindle edition of my mystery novel The Kept Girl, starring the young Chandler on the trail of a murderous cult of angel worshippers, is on sale starting at 99¢. Use the discount code gimlet for $5 off the paperback edition. Read Chapter One to get a taste, and see some reviews here. I hope you’ll take advantage of the Raymond Chandler birthday sale–and please, tell a noir-loving friend.

* Restrictions: These discount codes expire at midnight, 7/29. Limit four tickets per purchaser, but you may share the codes with friends. This discount can only be used on the tours listed above; if you need to reschedule, you may apply what you paid towards a full-priced ticket on a later regularly scheduled tour date. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer.