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GaylordWilshire May 4, 2011 12:41 PM


Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5264885)

yvette vickers has a major noir connection......................................

the giggling girl on the telephone at artie's new years party in sunset boulevard

Betty to Joe: "No, Phillip, no. We must be strong. You're still wearing the uniform of the Coldstream Guards! Furthermore, you can have the phone now."

What a sad end.... It took a year for the neighbor to become concerned?
Not exactly 10086 Sunset Boulevard, but somehow familiar.... Per the
Times: "Over time it had become dilapidated, exposed in some places
to the elements."
A Google image search reveals several pictures of Allison Hayes labeled with Yvette's name. Just for the record, Yvette
wasn't the 50-foot woman. That was Allison Hayes, hot on the trail of the steamy couple above (Vickers and William
Hudson as Hayes's husband. Btw, he had a sad end, too--died of the drink at age 49.

gsjansen May 4, 2011 3:45 PM

another fallen actress from an earlier period with a noir connection to sunset boulevard as well........

Marie Prevost
Source: Wikipedia

As Norma Desmond waxes poetic about her days in the mack sennet bathing beauties, she muses on how marie prevost always stepped on her feet.

Marie as a Sennet bathing beauty
Source: She Blogged by Night

but of course she is most famous for this;

She was a winner

That became a doggie's dinner.

She never meant that much to me.

Oh, poor Marie.

Nick Lowe's misspelled homage to her, (the song is titled Marie Provost)

On January 21, 1937, at the age of 38, Prevost died from heart failure brought on by acute alcoholism and malnutrition. Her body was not discovered until January 23, after neighbors complained about her dog's incessant barking. A bellboy, who ignored the note Prevost posted on the door asking that no one knock on the door more than once, finally forced the door open. Prevost was found lying face down on her bed, her legs marked with tiny bites. Prevost's pet dachshund, Maxie, had nipped at her legs in an attempt to wake her up.

Her funeral (which was paid for by Joan Crawford) at the Hollywood Memorial Cemetery was attended by Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Beery, and Barbara Stanwyck among others.

In February 1937, it was discovered that Prevost's estate was valued at only $300 prompting the Hollywood community to create the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital to provide medical care for employees of the television and motion picture industry.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Marie Prevost has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard.

the building where she and her dachshund resided was the aftonian located at 6230 Afton Place
Source: Find a Death

some details of the entry
Source: Find a Death

Source: Paradise Leased

Marie on the cover of Movie Weekly 1921
Source: She Blogged by Night
Source: More Things
Source: More Things

Source: Paradise Leased

oh poor marie....................................

GaylordWilshire May 4, 2011 8:44 PM

Marie, Marie, Marie

But in sunnier times, there was 810 N. Camden in the Hills of Beverly:

Actually, though sans Marie, it's still with us: Street View

19orozco76 May 4, 2011 9:10 PM


Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 5063677)
I can't explain why it looks like it's not even running on tracks, but if it was headed east towards downtown on the north side of Venice, my guess is maybe because of track maintenance on a stretch of what would normally be the eastbound tracks? Even today, on the Metro Gold Line, sometimes they do track maintenance where both northbound and southbound trains use one track; it's a hassle when that happens, it usually adds a delay, it also confuses some first-time users, because they'll board the wrong side of the platform, or they'll be directed to the other side of the platform and be confused about which way the trains are running. But of course the Gold Line is in its own right of way, for the most part.

However, on a PE car line where they rails share street traffic, I don't know that a train would be allowed to go against traffic....

If you look carefully you will see three sets of trolley tracks. The track that the birney car is on is the local line track. The two tracks in front are for the main lines going to and from Los Angeles and Venice Beach.

Dylan Leblanc May 4, 2011 9:34 PM

Here's a webpage that has pictures of some neat old art deco buildings in LA, mostly theaters and a few highrises -

MikeD May 5, 2011 12:44 AM

Interesting (to me anyway) is that directly across the street from Marie Prevost's apartment building is an exact duplicate of her building.

GaylordWilshire May 5, 2011 3:27 PM


Originally Posted by Dylan Leblanc (Post 5266389)
Here's a webpage that has pictures of some neat old art deco buildings in LA, mostly theaters and a few highrises -

That's a great site, Dylan. Lee has quite the Buck Rogers imagination. I was struck by the
resemblance of the (unbuilt) office building above to Coulters on Wilshire by Stiles O. Clements:

We've discussed Coulters before, but I recently came across this interesting ad in the Times
from 1937: Angeles Times
Perhaps the death of the founder's
wife that year had something to do
with the rumors. It seems that her
son-in-law, Dr. Robert McReynolds,
who ran the company and was
known for his interest in architec-
ture, pushed forward with the new
building on the Miracle Mile. Sadly
it was demolished in the early '80s.

gsjansen May 5, 2011 7:18 PM

i love a parade!

charles linbergh motorcade parade at 10th and broadway 1927
Source: LAPL

harry truman riding in a presidential motorcade down browadway between 5th and 6th 1948
Source: Corbis Images

adlai stevenson ticker tape parade 8th and spring 1952
Source: LAPL

to make sure that equal time is given to both candidates, IKE ticker tape parade on spring street 1952
Source: LAPL

gsjansen May 5, 2011 7:44 PM

sardi's became zardi's?:???:

looking west on hollywood boulevard from vine 1956
Source: LAPL

gsjansen May 6, 2011 12:49 AM

i have been looking for like forever for a photograph of the Mickey Cohen backed nightclub Slapsy Maxie's, named for fighter and sometime bit part actor, Maxie Rosenbloom.

the club was located at 5665 wilshire boulevard between the years of 1943 and 1950, the former site of the wilshire bowl nightclub.
Source: LAPL

The location of the nightclub is the North East Corner of Wilshire and masselin, the future site of van de kamps wilshire coffee shop
Source: LAPL

anyway, without further adieu, i present to you slapsy maxie's,

Source: Southern California Architectural History

1947 after it had been remodeled
Source: Southern California Architectural History

cartoon advertisement for slapsy maxie's

as an added bonus on the southern california architectural history site, (, i stumbled upon the only dead front on, full elevation photograph that i have ever seen of the john lautner designed googie coffee shop smack up next to schwab's on sunset at crescent heights.
Source: Southern California Architectural History

all in all, a pretty good day!

ethereal_reality May 6, 2011 7:12 PM
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Before the Wilshire Bowl location Slapsy Maxies was located at 7165 Beverly Blvd. Today it is the Beverly Cinema.
google street view

ethereal_reality May 6, 2011 7:32 PM

Here's another photo of the Wilshire Bowl before Slapsy Maxies took over da joint.

malumot May 6, 2011 10:45 PM

Ticker Tape Parades.
Look how close people could get to the cars.

Try stepping off the curb now......You'd be in a headlock before shoe leather touched pavement. (Assuming parade watchers still wore leather shoes, which they don't.)

I'm not suggesting to go back to those days.....but it is interesting to note.

gsjansen May 7, 2011 2:35 PM

let's eat!

ciro's dinner menu, may 1951
Source: LAPL Menu Collection

Pig 'N Whistle 1931 Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
Source: LAPL Menu Collection

Mocambo 1950's
Source: LAPL Menu Collection

Brown Derby Vine Street luncheon Menu 1948
Source: LAPL Menu Collection

Villa Nova 1960
Source: LAPL Menu Collection

and last but not least....................The Paris Inn 1930's
Source: LAPL Menu Collection

Paris Inn Wine List

(ooooof, i'm famished)

Los Angeles Past May 7, 2011 4:58 PM


Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5269582)

OK, that settles it. With all those sumptuous ladies on the menu, and that moose mural on one wall, the Paris Inn would definitely be my favorite "spot" in old L.A.! :tup:


EDIT: Yay! I found the menu for Scandia! (Thanks, gsj!) It's from 1981, which would have been right around the last time my family went there. Sure enough, I added up the total for what we all would have ordered, and the tab (before tip) came out to $98.50 for dinner and drinks. Ouch! and Yum! at once!

*chuckle* Always liked this cute little viking bull on the menu, right next to my favorite beef dish. ^^
LAPL Menu Collection

GaylordWilshire May 7, 2011 5:05 PM

L. A. Noire Gets the Push in NYC Wilshire Fine Photography

And in the Times:

gsjansen May 7, 2011 5:24 PM

the menu for the formal grand opening of the restaurant in the Hotel Clark. January 20th, 1914
Source: LAPL Menu Collection

ethereal_reality May 7, 2011 11:11 PM

All the menus are G R E A T!! Thanks for posting them gsj.

Here is a Biltmore Hotel brochure with an interesting layout of the ground floor.

GaylordWilshire May 9, 2011 12:21 AM

Berkeley Square

I've been putting together a blog on my favorite vanished L.A. neighborhood, Berkeley Square:

Stories about the rest of the houses to come....

Ninja55 May 9, 2011 1:24 AM

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