Friday, January 27, 2006

The Party's Over

January 27, 1947
Hollywood Hills

Harry Babasin, 25, was just sitting down to a chess game with William Haller, 24, when all heck broke loose. Sixteen State and L.A.P.D. Narcotics officers busted into the large home at 5751 Tuxedo Terrace and placed the whole joint under arrest. In addition to Babasin, a member of Benny Goodman's band, and Haller, late of Freddie Slack's outfit, this included Nelson Shelledy, 28, formerly of Charlie Barnett's orchestra, and Haller's lady friend Mrs. Bonaline Stewart, 30, a secretary.

Siezed in the raid was $500 worth of primo gage (aka maryjuana), of which Mrs. Stewart groused, "I'm just a victim of circumstance. I went there on a date with Bill Haller. I was downstairs when I heard all the commotion. What will my boss think, and my family?"

They'll think that you're an older woman who hangs around jazzbos, doll. And we at 47project think you're a-okay!


joe d said...

Less than a year later and a few miles to the west a similar scenario unfolded starring Robert Mitchum. Also was Werner Klemperer looking to score weed when he was rolled down on Central Ave?
Joe D

Nathan said...

I would under no circumstances wish to soil the holy name of Klemperer. I assert he was an upstanding and respectable member of society.

That said, I like to think it played out like this:

"You lookin' to score some reefer, old man?"

"He'no fool, I'm here to cop proper. Hook me up with some horse! I'm on a skag hunt!"

And then after he got rolled he went back down Central with some of his boys from the Phil, you know, the string boys are the heavies, and they beat up those punks with their viola cases.

joe d said...

Check out jazz bassist Harry Babasin in the 1947 MGM musical comedy " A Song Is Born";fc=1;ft=20