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tovangar2 Nov 26, 2012 7:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 5914192)
Church and house on Hollywood Blvd, ca. 1905 Cross street is either Ivar or Cherokee. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7267
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics39/00039371.jpg
1907
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics16/00007787.jpglapl

Hollywood and Cherokee apartments, 1937 (?) Assume complex is north of Hollywood Blvd.
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics42/00070647.jpghttp://jpg3.lapl.org/pics42/00070649.jpglapl

1937 - NW corner Hollywood and Cherokee
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00098/00098558.jpglapl

I'm almost positive the first two pix show the first Blessed Sacrament RC church and rectory on the SE corner of Hollywood & Cherokee. It was built in 1904. The congregation outgrew its 250 seat capacity and the land was sold in 1923 for the Cherokee Building (it's a pity the roof line on the Cherokee Building has been altered). The new Blessed Sacrament was built two blocks south on Sunset at Cherokee in 1927, where it still stands.

The streamline moderne court is beautiful. I don't remember ever seeing it. It may be gone.

That's a great lamppost/Christmas tree in front of Bradley's Five & Dime in the last photo. I got a kick out of that.

tovangar2 Nov 26, 2012 8:02 PM

One more shot of Boardner's. Bud White gets his gun back:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SaY03CIeUQ...1600/Table.JPG
itsfilmedthere.com

rcarlton Nov 26, 2012 8:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 5914195)

Wow...terrific write up. Well worth the read.:notacrook::cheers::banana:

austlar1 Nov 26, 2012 9:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 5913909)
My business partner got mugged in Cosmo St behind the Gaslight in the 80's, but his trousers were so tight, the mugger couldn't get his wallet out of his pocket(!)
The Spotlight ("Hollywood's Oldest Gay Bar - Est 1963") didn't have an alley. It was in the beautiful Marion Building, 1601 Cahuenga at Selma. The space is now AV Nightclub.
http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs...ATER_AV-40.jpg
curbed la

http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/def...1319a9789.jpeg
AV
Interior of the faux-seedy AV Nightclub.
"New Haven for the Exclusive and Elite Encapsulated in Two Letters: AV"
Damn hipsters.


That is just SO WRONG! The Spotlight was special and special/horrible. It had the best juke box in Los Angeles and some damn interesting characters hanging out day and night. Of course, one could get murdered out of there with no problem, but that was part of the charm.

tovangar2 Nov 26, 2012 10:20 PM

The Spotlight Room 1963-2012
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by austlar1 (Post 5914614)
That is just SO WRONG! The Spotlight was special and special/horrible. It had the best juke box in Los Angeles and some damn interesting characters hanging out day and night. Of course, one could get murdered out of there with no problem, but that was part of the charm.

Thx for speaking up for the Spotlight. It was everybody's loss when it closed. The Spotlight signage is still up on Google Street View. Cruise by in your Googlemobile before it's gone.

FredH Nov 26, 2012 10:41 PM

The Disappearance of Jean Spangler - October 7, 1949
 
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Jean Spangler was a 26 year old dancer at the Earl Carroll Theatre and Florentine Gardens,
and a struggling actress who had landed only a few bit parts in movies.

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latimesblog

She lived on Colgate Avenue in the Park La Brea area with her mother, daughter, and sister-in-law.
About 5:00 p.m. on October 7, 1949, she went out, telling her sister-in-law that she
was going to see her ex-husband about a child support payment, then go on to a night shoot at a
movie studio. Except for a brief sighting at the nearby Farmer’s Market an hour later, she was never seen again.

When she did not return home the next day, her sister-in-law reported her missing. Since she had a reputation as
a “party girl”, the police did nothing, figuring that she would show up in a day or so. On October 9th, a Griffith Park
worker found her purse near the Fern Dell entrance to the park.

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cracked.com

The purse had a torn strap and contained a strange hand written note. The note said, “Kirk, Can’t wait any longer.
Going to see Dr. Scott. It will work best this way while mother is away.” The purse prompted an extensive search
of the park, but nothing else was found.

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The police pursued several lines of inquiry:

The ex-husband, a plastic manufacturer named Dexter Benner, was interviewed. He claimed that he had not seen
Jean for several weeks prior to her disappearance. His story was backed up by his new wife Lynn, who had been
previously married to Mickey Cohen associate, Ely Lasky. A check with the studios around town also revealed that
none of them had a movie shoot scheduled that night.

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Word spread from a couple of Jean’s friends that she was three months pregnant. The police figured that the Dr. Scott
mentioned in the note was an abortionist, who may have botched things and disposed of her body.
A search for Dr. Scott came up empty.

A few days into the investigation, the actor Kirk Douglas (after reading the story about the note) called the police to say
that he may have briefly met her on the set of his last movie, “Young Man With a Horn”. Jean had a bit part in this movie
as a hula dancer. The police thought that it was strange that Douglas just happened to call them with this information,
but they could make no connection to her disappearance. Some people thought that Spangler and Douglas had indeed dated
several times, but no one had any solid evidence.

Jean had also been seen in Palm Springs a few days prior to her vanishing, with a couple of Mickey Cohen’s associates,
David “Little Davey” Ogul and Frank Niccoli. Strangely enough, both of them had also recently disappeared. Rumor had it
that Niccoli had been dumped into a lime pit in a Cucamonga vineyard and his keys were found down a sewer on
Santa Barbara Avenue. Of course, people began to have sightings of the three of them as far away as El Paso, Texas.
Niccoli was also supposedly spotted in Mexico with his hair bleached blond and a “nose spreader” up his nostrils to change
his appearance. Neither Ogul nor Niccoli were ever seen again.

The real loser here was reportedly Mickey Cohen, who had bailed out the pair at a cost of $75,000 and now had to pay up
the bail money. One report had it that this was the reason that Mickey had to liquidate his haberdashery store in Los Angeles.

Since the Black Dahlia murder was still fresh in people's memories, evryone expected to find Jean's body hacked to pieces
somewhere around town.

http://imageshack.us/a/img405/687/of...aseinvesti.jpg
officialcoldcase investigations.com

Jean Spangler was never seen again and the case is still open in the Los Angeles Police files.

FredH Nov 26, 2012 10:52 PM

Jean Harlow
 
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Los Angeles Times

Feb. 12, 1937: Stars Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor return home after a trip to Washington to both promote their upcoming movie “Personal Property”
and attend the birthday ball for President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Four months later, Jean Harlow would be dead from kidney failure at age 26.

ethereal_reality Nov 26, 2012 11:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 5910364)
As noted, there was also a "New Grand Hotel" located at 257 S. Grand Ave.
It also went by the name of Nugent.

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Here is a very early view of the Hotel Nugent, circa 1907.

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ebay

You get a good look at the front of the building before the fire escape was added.




below: A closer view of the Angels Flight Pharmacy on the ground floor of the Hotel Nugent.

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detail/ebay
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Great post on Jean Spangler FredH! I didn't know she had been hanging out with gangsters.

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posted by FredH

FredH Nov 27, 2012 12:04 AM

:previous:

I read that she had also dated Johnny Stompanato...but who didn't.

tovangar2 Nov 27, 2012 12:20 AM

"the mutilator murders"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5914788)
Great post on Jean Spangler FredH! I didn't know she had been hanging out with gangsters.
http://imageshack.us/a/img577/7240/aabjeanspangler.jpg
posted by FredH

And Spangler's ex was married to Mickey Cohen associate, Ely Lasky's ex. Small world.

P.S. Whoops, I needed to correct that. Lynn was Lasky's, not Cohen's, ex.

And thx for the post FredH, it brought the case vividly back to mind. I had a sudden desire to rush to Fern Dell to try to find Jean.

ProphetM Nov 27, 2012 12:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rcarlton (Post 5914554)
Wow...terrific write up. Well worth the read.:notacrook::cheers::banana:

Yeah, great article for sure. It's 12 years old however so I decided to go looking for Steve Boardner, who would be 99 years old at this point and so was unlikely to still be with us. He made it to 93 - he passed away in 2007. :(

RIP, Mr. Boardner.

BifRayRock Nov 27, 2012 12:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5914788)
Here is a very early view of the Hotel Nugent, circa 1907.
http://imageshack.us/a/img443/1100/a...tdetailang.jpg
detail/ebay

Fascinating photo. I notice what appears to be a mailbox mounted on the pole nearest the pharmacy entrance, but what is the freestanding rectangular object next to it? Another collection mailbox? Seems too fragile or temporary for use as a mailbox, at least by contemporary standards. If not a mailbox, then what?:shrug:


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FredH Nov 27, 2012 12:36 AM

Hotel Grand / Nugent
 
:previous:

ethereal_reality:

Your last post just jogged my memory (what little remains).

The Grand Hotel (Nugent) was also in the 1951 noir classic "Cry Danger" with Dick Powell.

Here Powell is entering the "pharmacy" on the corner:

http://imageshack.us/a/img694/2144/capturenjt.jpg
Cry Danger, RKO Radio Pictures

Now he is going up the steps to the hotel. In the movie, it is called the Crosley Hotel.

http://imageshack.us/a/img29/905/capture2tc.jpg
Cry Danger, RKO Radio Pictures

ethereal_reality Nov 27, 2012 1:00 AM

:previous: Those two screen grabs from 'Cry Danger' are great FredH. I really like that old 'EASTSIDE Beer' sign
above the doorway in the first sg. I've never heard of that beer before.
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FredH Nov 27, 2012 1:47 AM

:previous:

I do not remember Eastside Beer either, but there were a couple of old posts on it from a while back.

Of course Gaylord Wilshire had an old ad which he posted here:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=5908

I do have a couple of old Brew 102 cans, which stay boxed up in the garage by orders of the wife. :whip:

rcarlton Nov 27, 2012 1:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5914890)
Fascinating photo. I notice what appears to be a mailbox mounted on the pole nearest the pharmacy entrance, but what is the freestanding rectangular object next to it? Another collection mailbox? Seems too fragile or temporary for use as a mailbox, at least by contemporary standards. If not a mailbox, then what?:shrug:

Early newspaper box?:shrug:

ethereal_reality Nov 27, 2012 2:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ProphetM (Post 5914022)
That looks like the overpass at Huntington Dr./Mission Rd./Soto St., which was a Pacific Electric route, hence the stairs.

The property at 4241 Huntington is a sort of terraced affair, with a garage building at the street, on a lower level than the house behind it. A small yard sits between the garage and the house. So the slides look to have been taken looking from the house towards the front yard, with the black roof of the garage visible behind the people.

I'm really impressed you were able to figure out the location of my two slides. Thanks ProphetM. :)

http://imageshack.us/a/img849/1726/a...ewprophetm.jpg
google street view

http://imageshack.us/a/img35/8468/aa...naplosange.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img443/5937/a...nap2dogwit.jpg

I'd still like to see the dog wear that orange derby.
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Godzilla Nov 27, 2012 3:07 AM

September 7, 1938 - Captioned "Jitterbugs disrupt City Council." If they danced to music, assume there was a band on hand. FDR's portrait looks to be at least four or five feet tall.

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics42/00040676.jpglapl

ProphetM Nov 27, 2012 3:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5915010)
I'm really impressed you were able to figure out the location of my two slides. Thanks ProphetM. :)

You're welcome! For some reason I recognized it immediately, even though I have never lived anywhere in the area and I've driven through there just that one time. Go figure.

I noticed something else in the first slide that I hadn't spotted until after I posted:

On the overpass at the top of the stairs - just left of the big pole - there's a dark-haired woman, in a dress with polka dots or flowers on it, waiting for the streetcar with a tan suitcase on the ground next to her.

Online research indicates that this PE line was closed in early 1951, so the photos are more likely to be from the 1940s than the 1950s.

ethereal_reality Nov 27, 2012 4:16 AM

:previous: My God ProphetM!! You certainly have better eyes than I have. I looked to the left of the pole and saw only a palm.
Now all I can see is the dark haired woman in a polka dot dress with a tan suitcase waiting for a train. I'm amazed!
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