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GaylordWilshire Dec 12, 2010 4:44 PM

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Great picture, gs--interesting to see Lloyd's prosthetic glove in it. There's another shot from Never Weaken in this post:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=1294 and in the post, a not-to-be-missed link to a short documentary about Lloyd's downtown shooting, with terrific "then and nows." (Note the sequences of Lloyd racing a buggy past the Angels Flight Pharmacy.)

MikeD Dec 12, 2010 5:33 PM

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Originally Posted by JeffDiego (Post 5089936)
Also, here's a blog with good photos about "French Hollywood" architecture. http://doves2day.blogspot.com/2010/1...hollywood.html
So that French style apt. house on Beverly is the one featured in "The Best Years of Our Lives." Very interesting.

Thanks for the tip on "French Hollywood". Although the names should have been a clue, I never thought about the style. I just liked all the old buildings.

In "Best Years", the cab carrying the three vets pulls out of Orange Dr....

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...10part1280.jpg

and across Beverly is the apartment. You get a good view of this buillding next door on Beverly.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...10part2055.jpg

Sorry I don't have screen grabs to go with the pictures.

esotouric Dec 12, 2010 6:24 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5089572)

Here are some examples I have in my files.

Below: Stillwell's Auto Hotel, 2 miles east of the new Union Station.

http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/633...llsautomot.jpg
ebay

Such a shame about Stillwell's, but it reminds me of a wonderful little thicket of surviving older motor hotels just east on Ramona, a road not often traveled since it's uncomfortably freeway-close. You'll find them where Ramona turns into Garvey, around Montezuma and Carlos. (see crummy Google streetview image below)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5209/...823cbb1369.jpg

Cuter still, cruise south down Atlantic and look left to spy this gem at 438 El Mercado Avenue, tucked amidst much new development but still just as cute as the day it was hatched.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5248/...127af629eb.jpg

GaylordWilshire Dec 12, 2010 6:45 PM

Mike D-- Here's a screen capture of the Stephenson's "Boone City" building, and another street view:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...12458%20PM.jpgSamuel Goldwyn Company/RKO Radio Pictures

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...13750%20PM.jpgGoogle Street View

GaylordWilshire Dec 12, 2010 7:26 PM

The motels of The Facts of Life
 
No, not the tv show I never watched. In this 1960 Bob Hope/Lucille Ball movie about marital boredom in Pasadena, in spite of all the motels we see, not a thing happens. I looked along Ventura Boulevard in the vicinity of Fruitland Drive, fruitlessly, to see if anything still stands. A not-completely-in-depth check of the 1960 city directory didn't help--maybe these places are out of range of it. Anyone have any ideas of the locations of these motel gems?

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...reen%20capture

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...reen%20capture

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...reen%20capture

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...reen%20capture

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...11931%20AM.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...12211%20AM.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...12229%20AM.jpg


And a few more vintage L.A. shots from The Facts of Life:

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...10730%20AM.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...10810%20AM.jpg


EDIT 1-28-2016: A history of the "mobile" Olympic Drive-In theater is here: http://losangeleshistory.blogspot.co...histories.html


http://lh3.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...11858%20AM.jpg

All photos United Artists/MGM Home Entertainment

ethereal_reality Dec 12, 2010 8:18 PM

I recognized the top hat so I looked in my files.




Below: Studio City 1950

http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/5...udiocity19.jpg
usc archive

Pretty cool huh.

Beaudry Dec 12, 2010 9:30 PM

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Originally Posted by esotouric (Post 5090164)
Such a shame about Stillwell's, but it reminds me of a wonderful little thicket of surviving older motor hotels just east on Ramona, a road not often traveled since it's uncomfortably freeway-close. You'll find them where Ramona turns into Garvey, around Montezuma and Carlos. (see crummy Google streetview image below)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5209/...823cbb1369.jpg

Cuter still, cruise south down Atlantic and look left to spy this gem at 438 El Mercado Avenue, tucked amidst much new development but still just as cute as the day it was hatched.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5248/...127af629eb.jpg

Hey Esotouric, and welcome to the forum! I have some swell shots (on another computer) and postcards of these motels, I'll have to see if I can dig them up, I agree they're my favorites in town...

Beaudry Dec 12, 2010 9:33 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5090278)
I recognized the top hat so I looked in my files.




Below: Studio City 1950

http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/5...udiocity19.jpg
usc archive

Pretty cool huh.

Totally. More Topper!

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5243/...986aba28_b.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5122/...076d8ae7_o.jpg

11733 Ventura Blvd

Beaudry Dec 12, 2010 9:35 PM

Re: The Facts of Life, lots of info and more pix of the late lamented Olympic Drive-In here
http://cinematreasures.org/theater/3756/

sopas ej Dec 12, 2010 9:37 PM

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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5090238)
No, not the tv show I never watched. In this 1960 Bob Hope/Lucille Ball movie about marital boredom in Pasadena, in spite of all the motels we see, not a thing happens. I looked along Ventura Boulevard in the vicinity of Fruitland Drive, fruitlessly, to see if anything still stands. A not-completely-in-depth check of the 1960 city directory didn't help--maybe these places are out of range of it. Anyone have any ideas of the locations of these motel gems?

I would imagine that many of the motels that might've existed on Ventura Blvd. would've long ago been demolished for office developments and strip malls during the 1980s. Ventura Blvd. was the original alignment for US-route 101 before the freeway was built.

There are also many motels along Colorado Blvd. in Glendale and Eagle Rock, I assume before the freeways that Colorado Blvd. was a major road/highway leading into/out of Pasadena. In the eastern unincorporated portion of Pasadena on Colorado Blvd., there are a few old run-down motels left; I think they might charge by the hour, being that you also see some prostitutes hanging around in that area. Valley Blvd. in the San Gabriel Valley as well as Garvey Ave. also used to be major highways prior to the freeways; you can still see some rundown motels along those streets as well in cities like El Monte and La Puente. I've heard that street prostitution exists around those motels in El Monte.

Beaudry Dec 12, 2010 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5090065)
i apologize in advance for making everyone have to scroll on this photo, due to it's size, however, this is definitely an image that needs to be seen full size to truly appreciate.

it is a screen capture from the 1921 harold lloyd thrill comedy, Never Weaken

apparently some hopped up developer is building a large steel framed skyscraper on top of the hill street tunnel, (wonder how they worked the piling's around the hollywood
in and out-bound P&E tracks??!!??).

I just realized that the building behind harrold lloyd is not the cecil, st. mark, gladden....(whatever), that i first identified it as, ..........it's actually a building on olive court
next to the moorecliff with a nifty rear exit on to hill street

the building down hill street with the union league sign on the side is the hotel belmont, (the old ywca) just north of third. the mission hotel can be clearly seen
at the intersection of 2nd and olive.

the railings of the roof terrace of the nelson building, (third and clay), is visible, as is the cupola bell tower of the astoria just north of third on olive.

lloyd was working with the hal roach studios at this time, so they wouldn't have had to travel very far for this location shot, as the studio was located almost from
the vantage point of the photographer, in the bradbury mansion at hill and court street .

enjoy!

http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Ll...Weaken)_01.jpg

I trust I don't have to tell YOU how insanely great that is! Like so many large-formats, you just get lost in 'em...

The one you talk about that you thought might've been the C/SM/G is a single-family dwelling at 109 S Hill, ca. 1890, that fronted on Hill. Some time prior to 1906 it had that whole back part added on (that stretched onto Olive Court) and became known as the El Moro Hotel. The Cecil/St. Mark was back and to the right of the El Moro.

...the big building under Harold's armpit (at the fold of his jacket) is the 1910 Hotel Northern, btw.

Too cool. Never Weaken also has a swell 3rd & Grand Angels Flight pharmacy gag in it as well!

I read here http://fpk.homestead.com/files/ghost...of_justice.htm two films (Just Nuts, Haunted Spooks) were filmed inside the Bradbury. Could this be true? Haven't seen either.

GaylordWilshire Dec 12, 2010 10:23 PM

No shortage of neo-noir bedbug-and-clap traps remaining along Ventura in Studio City--here are a couple still standing. I thought at first that the Charles might be the Valley Springs, but now don't think so. And there's an even older tourist court next door. Can't make out the name on the sign, though.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...45444%20PM.jpgGoogle Street View

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...45403%20PM.jpgGoogle Street View

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...23841%20PM.jpgGoogle Street View

ethereal_reality Dec 12, 2010 10:27 PM

What a fantastic Harold Lloyd photograph!

I'd love to see some of these silents, especially Haunted Spooks.

GaylordWilshire Dec 12, 2010 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 5090382)
Too cool. Never Weaken also has a swell 3rd & Grand Angels Flight pharmacy gag in it as well!

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...55610%20PM.jpg
Annette Lloyd/Petrografix http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynuOQvVaFMo

Beaudry Dec 13, 2010 2:12 AM

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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5090445)

That was really enjoyable. But I'm still going to be a persnickity bastard (with love). At 4:15 when she describes the shots from Girl Shy and For Heaven's Sake where the horse cart/runaway bus travel, respectively, on Grand (and while she mentions being between the 400 and 500 block, but is actually between the 500 and 600) -- in both cases Lloyd does not travel on Grand, but on Third, from near Olive, north across Grand (where the manhole cover is), toward (and shot from) Bunker Hill Avenue.

A wee quibbly, but still.

There was also one I can't remember the name of; at the beginning he's a callow youth leaving home. He leaves the Biltmore on Grand and one can see the Dome in the distance. Saw it at Silent Movie and know I wrote it down somewhere...

ethereal_reality Dec 13, 2010 2:36 AM

I missed the youtube link earlier.

That video was very interesting.
Can you imagine if all of us got together for a project like this.
It would be epic!

Beaudry Dec 13, 2010 2:54 AM

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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5090393)
No shortage of neo-noir bedbug-and-clap traps remaining along Ventura in Studio City--here are a couple still standing. I thought at first that the Charles might be the Valley Springs, but now don't think so. And there's an even older tourist court next door. Can't make out the name on the sign, though.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...45444%20PM.jpgGoogle Street View

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...45403%20PM.jpgGoogle Street View

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TQ...23841%20PM.jpgGoogle Street View

The Charles sounds positively regal. Maybe not as regal as the La Brea Towers, but...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5042/...f508aba2_b.jpg

Don't know what that older court is next door -- this may require a road trip!

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/...00748cbc_b.jpg

Also, with the FOL screen grabs, the Patio Motel seems to still be kicking at 11466 Ventura Blvd. You'll note that next door the Valley Crown is still very much around (in structure; it's been repurposed) at 11472...

BulletBob Dec 13, 2010 3:50 AM

I remember this place! It was south of the SB Fwy just past Soto St. It vanished after the freeway was widened there in the mid-'70s...

This is on Stillwell's. I remember it too for how it looked at night. The highway facing buildings were trimmed in blue neon giving it a most distinctive look. I guess to match the color motive in the postcard.

Mark L Dec 13, 2010 6:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 5090641)
The Charles sounds positively regal. Maybe not as regal as the La Brea Towers, but...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5042/...f508aba2_b.jpg

Don't know what that older court is next door -- this may require a road trip!

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/...00748cbc_b.jpg

Also, with the FOL screen grabs, the Patio Motel seems to still be kicking at 11466 Ventura Blvd. You'll note that next door the Valley Crown is still very much around (in structure; it's been repurposed) at 11472...

I drive past The Charles regularly. Known for many a sleazy rendezvous over the years (no personal experience,sorry to say). Great motel history gents!

malumot Dec 13, 2010 6:46 AM

Like so many large-formats, you just get lost in 'em...

Yes, you do Beaudry. Ain't it fun?


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