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arlekin_m Aug 29, 2009 4:43 AM

Wonderful thread, keeps me coming back. :)

Ever since I saw Mulholland Drive, L.A. to me has this noirish quality that I cannot shed, even through daylight pics. I've only visited once (when I was about 7), so a visit in the near future is very much in my plans.

sopas ej Aug 29, 2009 7:52 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4430071)
^^^Take your time sopas_ej.....and have fun. I wish I were in L.A. to tag along. ;)

I actually wish you were here to go along with me. As enthusiastic you and I are about LA and noir, I think we'd have a lot of fun. ;)

Great pics you posted, too; I drove through downtown LA tonight after seeing the Bendix photos, and saw the Bendix tower lit up in all its red neon glory. Very noirish indeed, it made me wish I brought the camera with me.

ethereal_reality Aug 29, 2009 11:00 PM

To be honest sopas_ej,
I didn't realize, until recently, that the Bendix building was still there.

It's great that the tower is functional again.
And it's in red?? You need to get a shot of that. :)

ethereal_reality Aug 30, 2009 12:04 AM

I recently learned that the Los Angeles Police Department
has 940,000 negatives stored in anonymous warehouses throughout the city.
A HUGE project is under way to digitalize ALL the photographs.

Below is a small sampling of the photographs.
Hopefully, the new project will scan the LAPD negatives MUCH larger.
knife. lapd
dual bullet holes. lapd
assault victim. lapd
assault victim 1951. lapd
body on floor, bullets in painting 1932. lapd
dead by bed 1931. lapd
bloody drag marks 1937. lapd
jewelry hold up 1932. lapd
John Doe in backyard 1930. lapd
mob hit 1933. lapd
observation test 1930s. lapd
los angeles river 1955. lapd
stick up. don't move. smile. lapd
tattoo nipple 1945. lapd
trench coat 1926. lapd
VooDoo room 1935. lapd
Thanks the falcon 1945. lapd
lady hanging 1951. lapd

These photos are from the following website.

ethereal_reality Aug 30, 2009 12:43 AM

Carole Landis' suicide July 5, 1948. An overdose of Secondal.

below: Carole Landis was found in her apartment in Brentwood Heights (Pacific Palisades).
The police are kneeling by her body in the farthest room.
Notice the film script in the center room.
A mink coat is draped over a chair in the bedroom.
The hair dryer is by the window.

below: The film script.

For further analysis of this intriguing photograph go to

And here

And here

And here (sorry, I didn't realize there were so many links involved)

below: A glamour shot of Carole Landis.

below: Carole Landis poolside.

It isn't all sunshine and beaches.

Policy Wonk Aug 30, 2009 1:13 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4431318)

Looks like Bud White got to her,

ethereal_reality Aug 30, 2009 2:41 PM

If you're still interested in the Carole Landis saga, here's one last link.

ethereal_reality Aug 30, 2009 3:04 PM

Below is a great noir photo.
Looking north on Vine toward Sunset and Vine.
Notice NBC Radio City Studios on the right.
usc digital archives

below: NBC Radio City in daylight.

ethereal_reality Aug 30, 2009 10:28 PM

below: Tom Breneman's on Vine between Hollywood & Sunset Blvds in Hollywood, circa 1947
usc digital archive

Notice the banner hanging at the entrance. Who is Pinky Tomlin?

ethereal_reality Aug 30, 2009 11:08 PM

Here's another photo of Tom Breneman's dated April 1945.
It looks like mostly ladies waiting to get in.
LIFE magazine

ethereal_reality Aug 30, 2009 11:15 PM

Tom Breneman's in daylight.

kanhawk Aug 31, 2009 2:36 AM

Those crime scene photos are all kinds of awesome, especially this one which is a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 on the noir meter.

kanhawk Aug 31, 2009 2:51 AM

Notice the 2 small children in the photo observing the death scene. The little blond boy to the right, plus the little girl in the background. Guess they didn't feel the need to protect kids from such things back in those days.

ethereal_reality Aug 31, 2009 3:31 AM

I also noticed the little blonde boy on the right.
All kinds of things raced through my mind.

Why is he so close to this horrifying scene?
Does he know the jumper?
Is 'violence' a normal occurrence in this neighborhood?
How will this effect him later on in his life?

It's an extremely thought provoking scene.

sopas ej Aug 31, 2009 6:53 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4432399)
Here's another photo of Tom Breneman's dated April 1945.
It looks like mostly ladies waiting to get in.

Hmm... wartime workers getting off from the swing-shift, maybe? Or maybe it was Ladies' night?

sopas ej Aug 31, 2009 7:14 AM

Ethereal, when I first saw your photos of the drive-in restaurants, it made a light bulb go on in my head-- particularly the Simon's Drive-ins, those photos reminded me of a structure in Alhambra. It made me wonder if it used to be a Simon's Drive-in; something about the blade sign. It probably wasn't a Simon's, but I wouldn't be surprised if the building dates from at least the 1930s:
Photo by me

The current business serves Cajun food. Cheesy I know but I played with the photo I took, made it black-and-white and tried to make the contrast higher; noir films seemed to always have a high contrast. I didn't do too great of a job...

This is how it really looks:
Photo by me

I also went out tonight and tried to take pictures of the Bendix tower lit up. It didn't come out so well, considering it was late and I didn't wanna stay too long outside of the car, the neighborhood being somewhat sketchy late at night. The building is in the Fashion District, BTW. And the sign looks like it says "Bendi."

sopas ej Aug 31, 2009 8:38 AM

Here's the Furniture Mart with the Bendix Building, courtesy USC digital archive:

ethereal_reality Aug 31, 2009 9:10 PM

^^^sopas_ej, that certainly looks like it could be an old Simon's.
Even if it wasn't, it's a fine example of deco.

Thanks for taking the time to photograph it.

Also it's great to see the Bendix sign in RED, despite the missing X.
I like that last pic you posted from the usc archive.
One question, is the Furniture Mart still there?

ethereal_reality Sep 1, 2009 12:38 AM

below: Vermont and 81st Street circa 1940.
usc digital archives

UrbanSky Sep 1, 2009 2:34 AM


Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 4432960)
Hmm... wartime workers getting off from the swing-shift, maybe? Or maybe it was Ladies' night?

Actually, that is most likely an early morning photo (around 5am). Tom Breneman's Restaurant was the home of a morning radio show called Breakfast in Hollywood which aired on the Blue Network (Blue later became ABC) from 1941 to 1948. The show originated daily from Tom Brenneman's restaurant in Hollywood and featured Brenneman walking through the restaurant, chatting up the mostly female, and frequently tourist patrons. The show aired nationally and started at 5am Pacific Time. Those are fans waiting to get in.

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