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Voluptua Follows Vampira to the Great TV Lounge in the Sky

Few people knew Gloria Pall better in her last years than LA writer and documentary filmmaker R.H. Greene. He recorded a special Valentine’s Day 2011 tribute for KPCC’s Off-Ramp and conducted what would be her final interview for his 2012 feature documentary Vampira and Me.

Pall passed away at a Burbank hospital December 30 at age 85. Greene released a statement about Pall this past Friday and is quoted in this weekend’s LA Times obit. Pall debuted on KABC-TV as Voluptua December 15, 1954, eight months after Maila Nurmi‘s Vampira character on the same station. Her routine was a memorable one:

Between breaks, Voluptua shows us around her apartment. There’s the telephone (trimmed in mink, of course) that doesn’t ring, but sings softly, “Voluptua… Voluptua.” She has a large, heart-shaped Book Of Secrets from which she reads the experiences of great lovers of history and what women like Cleopatra, Helen of Troy and Madame DuBarry did to attract and hold their men…

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LA Film Fest Opens Today

The LA Film Festival kicks off tonight with the North American premiere of Woody Allen‘s latest flick To Rome With Love. Obviously a hot ticket. By tomorrow, however, the fest will drift into discovery territory, with several films making their world premieres. You can see the full schedule here. We’re no film reviewers, but for the media-obsessed out there like us, here are few news biz-oriented films you might want to check out over the course of the 10-day festival.

Reportero — Director Bernardo Ruiz’ documentary about Zeta, the weekly Baja political newspaper that has seen its reporters harassed and even murdered for its tough investigative coverage of narco-traffickers and the politicians in their pockets.  From the press material: “Not even the brutal (and unsolved) murders of several colleagues can deter these brave men and women from their principles as journalists and their unflagging efforts to expose the truth, no matter what the cost.”

Vampira and Me – From director R. H. Greene, this is the story of the LA late night horror movie host Vampira, who became a star long before Elvira, only to suddenly disappear off the radar.

Words of Witness – Director Mai Iskander’s documentary account of the Arab Spring, as told through the online social networking and reporting of a young female journalist working for an English language newspaper in Egypt.

KPCC to Broadcast Orson Welles Radio Biography

89.3 KPCC will air a radio biography on the legendary Orson Welles featuring rare broadcast recordings during the 73rd anniversary of “The War of the Worlds” hoax.

Airborne: A Life in Radio With Orson Welles will run twice as a special full-length edition of KPCC’s Off-Ramp on Oct 29 at noon and Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

“The War of the Worlds was fantastic radio, which is why it’s still revived on dozens of stations every Halloween,” documentarian R. H.Greene said in a statement. “But few people know that Welles also pursued careers as a radio comedian, a wartime propagandist, and a serious political commentator over the air, or that his American radio career ended with a heroic act of great personal sacrifice.”