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Fab Fifties Fan Jul 1, 2011 4:43 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5334414)
^^^Very interesting 'Fab Fifties Fan'.

I find it somewhat odd that a 'private' club would have a NEON sign stating 'for club members only'.
Wouldn't a lack of signage make it more private? The sign is superfluous for any members.....and taunting to any non-members.

I like how they put members in quotes for that caption. Looking at the entrance it really appears like it was on the back or side of another business.

They probably thought by saying it was for members only, the police would leave them alone. Wrong...

Fab Fifties Fan Jul 1, 2011 6:17 PM

and now for some Noir....
A little LA Noir, well Los Angeles County Noir actually, Arcadia

See the LA Times blog here about it here:

The Tracy home 1957:
1821 Alta Oaks Ave, Arcadia

Mr. Albert W. Tracy Sr.
Without necktie

Mrs. Marian Frances Tracy
She looked like a nice lady.

Ruled "Death by Suicide" really? Tell me, how does one tie a necktie around their own throat so tightly that they hemorrhage out their left ear?

Turning 49 is no reason for offing oneself, I've personally turned 49 eight times, so far.


Photos courtesy LA Times

Fab Fifties Fan Jul 1, 2011 6:24 PM

and a lil more....
Man dies on street car ("P" line) , 23 September 1958. No identification.
Ambulance Attendant J. Logan, bends over victim who died on street car at 11th & Broadway.


Photo courtesy LA Times

Fab Fifties Fan Jul 1, 2011 6:41 PM

Bad Girl Noir
Maura Fitzgibbons, 21-year-old redhead arrested with actor Errol Flynn on a drunk charge.
She is shown at the Lincoln Heights jail wearing a scanty costume that she wore to the costume party the Hollywood Publicists held at the Riviera Country Club.
Maura describes how special officer showed Flynn his pistol worn on hip.


Photos courtesy LA Times

Fab Fifties Fan Jul 1, 2011 9:16 PM

Marsden Apartments
Another beautiful example of streamilne modern design. The Marsden Apartments at 1745 N. Gramercy Place. Hailed by critics as both beautiful in architecture and function, the building featured underground parking and an elaborate penthouse. All apartments were designed as corner apartments with corner windows. The Marsden was designed in 1930 by Frank Green.

The building is still there and still beautiful. It is now a senior living residence named Bethany Towers.


Photo credit

MikeD Jul 1, 2011 11:34 PM

"Follow Me Quietly"
Anybody catch the RKO police procedural "Follow Me Quietly" on TCM the other day? Directed by Richard Fleischer with Anthony Mann on the screenplay, it wasn't a noir since the hero was a hard working police officer and you don't know much about the bad guy. But it featured plenty of darkness and rain, two noir staples. The reason I ask is that I believe one scene takes you throughout the labyrinth of a gas works, possibly the one on Commercial. You don't get a real good view of the tanks but you see a piece of one in the background.

I was howling as the cops fire wildly at the bad guy without any regard of where they are. One lets loose with a sub-machine gun, poking about a half dozen holes in a large pipe. Luckily it was a water pipe! Who knows, maybe you can't do damage to a gas works with a gun (don't tell Cody Jarrett). Not only do the cops not hit anything but gas works, the bad guy gets hold of a loose gun and shoots down a stairwell hitting a cop in the wrist like he was Annie Oakley.

gsjansen Jul 3, 2011 5:22 PM

the 80's rock homage musical Rock of Ages, which takes place on the sunset strip, centered around a club known as the bourbon room, (a thinly disguised whiskey), is currently being filmed in........................(unfortuantely not west hollywood), but in the spirit of mildred pierce, (peekskill ny), and ask the dust, (south africa)................ the overtown neighborhood of miami fl.

and of course, as there are no hollywood type hills in south florida, where else does one put up the hollywood sign in flatland?

why a landfill along the turnpike in pompano beach, (affectionately referred to by locals as mount trashmore)
Source: CBS Miami

kinda puny if you ask moi, why ms. entwhistle wouldn't have suffered more than a sprain leaping from that H

some of the set building which is currently undergoing in overtown, (or is that overgoing in undertown..............................................?)

fredericks on sunset boulevard?
Source: Culture

the roxy....(or more appropriately roxiette)

Source: Cultuer

the bourbon room (whiskey a-go-go)

Source: Culture

of course, what is the whiskey, (or is it bourbon?), without a nearby shell station

Source: Culture Designers


Source: Culture

Tower to gazzarri's?

Source: Culture

and of course, what's the strip without a night view
Source: Rock of ages blog
Source: Miami New Times

considering that the west hollywood strip does not look that drastically different today then it did in the 80's......why not film it there?

"i've got a bad feeling about this"

ethereal_reality Jul 3, 2011 5:49 PM

Fab_Fifties_Fan....all your recent post have been great! I really enjoyed them.....and keep all those old photos coming! just wow....they're reproducing Sunset Strip with a mishmash of buildings.
Whiskey-Go-Go is so iconic to me that it's difficult to see it as anything else.
I wonder why didn't they make an original design for the fictional Bourbon Club and leave the Go-Go as the Go-Go?
And placing Frederick's of Hollywood on Sunset is a big time FAIL. The Tower Records building looks spot on though
(except that it's placed next to Gazzarri's (the old Sherry's).


Have a great Fourth of July everyone! (July 4th is also my birthday) :)
portion of an old poster from ebay

See you in a few days

gsjansen Jul 3, 2011 6:40 PM

before you go celebratin' E_R, here's a nifty 1873 photograph of july 4th celebration commorating the veterans of the 1812 war outside the bella union hotel
Source: LAPL

happy 4th to all!

(btw, the 1812 war is when F.S. Key wrote.....oh say can you see.............)

Fab Fifties Fan Jul 5, 2011 1:59 AM

and more
[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;5336116]Fab_Fifties_Fan....all your recent post have been great! I really enjoyed them.....and keep all those old photos coming!

Hope you had a great bithday and fourth of July e_r!!! My birthday is exactly one week away (7/11)

So, laid up at home with a back injury and going through my volumes and volumes of pictures. Get ready for a whole lot of posts to the thread when you get back!:D

Fab Fifties Fan Jul 5, 2011 3:08 AM

East Los Angeles noir
On July 20, 1946, the body of a pretty young mother named Angelina Loya was found in a vacant lot at 1026 E. Olympic Blvd. She had been severely beaten, stabbed and disembowled. Angelina had been out that night, with friends, dancing at the Avodon Ballroom.

Her friends testified that Angelina had left the club with a young man named Peter Hernandez, who had volunteered to escort her home.
Angelina Loya

Police questioned Peter Hernandez who told them that he had started walking her home but when he stapped to talk to someone who had called his name, she disappeared. The police didn't buy it. Further investigation showed showed blood residue on his hands and clothes. They also found a necktie with blood spots soaking in solvent at his home.

Turns out Peter was a butcher by trade (and in other ways obviously).
Peter Jesus Hernandez

Peter was eventually charged, tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. For details on the murder and investigation, see the attached.


all photos credit LA Herald Examiner Archives/LAPL

Fab Fifties Fan Jul 5, 2011 3:28 AM

Don't just lay there bruised and bleeding, SMILE for the camera dang it!!!
Warren Craig talks to Frank Coudrey, 21, injured in accident at North Figueroa and Alpine. Photo dated: September 11, 1952.

photo credit LAPL

Fab Fifties Fan Jul 5, 2011 4:34 AM

Ice burns
The Hollywood Polar Palace ice skating rink, at Melrose and Van Ness, burns down on May 16, 1963. Sound stages on a neighboring studio lot were also damaged.

Call me crazy, but I think the water hose would be more effective spraying the flames instead of the pavement.


Fab Fifties Fan Jul 5, 2011 4:49 AM

Since we haven't had any jumpers in awhile, here's a couple:
Broken line marks course of George Yasbec's leap from the Municipal Courts Building. He was believed to have been despondent over his recent conviction in this building on a drunk driving charge. Photo dated: July 14, 1952.
Arrow shows how retired business executive, Ogden S. Sells, leaped to his death at Park La Brea Towers, December 1, 1958.


sopas ej Jul 5, 2011 5:01 AM

Happy Birthday, ethereal! Hope you enjoyed your birthday and your holiday as well. :)

Fab Fifties Fan Jul 5, 2011 5:02 AM

Railroad strike
1951 Railroad Strike
Stranded by a labor strike, a freight train occupies the Southern Pacific Railroad mainline in Taylor Yard on San Fernando Road on Monday, February 5, 1951. 90% of SP's 400 available switchmen refused to report in during the crippling nationwide strike. However, Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railroads reported switching operations were nearly normal despite the wage-hour dispute.

Dispute settled strike ends.

I love the noirish quality of this photo
Switchman G. J. Gould signals one of the first trains leaving Southern Pacific's Taylor Yard on Wednesday, February 7, 1951, after workers voted not to stay "sick." In 2006, the former railroad yard became the Los Angeles State Historic Park.


pwrof3 Jul 5, 2011 6:29 PM

Something you guys might be interested in is the video game L.A. Noire.

It has a pretty accurate re-creation of 1947 Los Angeles. I have been playing it for the last month or so and have been able to be inside the old hall of records buildings, central library, etc.
Also, it is fun to see 3rd and Hill St as an actual HILL! I've walked past Angel's Flight, and even driven through Old Hollywood past Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

I have always been fascinated with Los Angeles and have lived here my entire life.

THANK YOU everyone for this amazing forum post. I've got about 27 pages into it so far.

ethereal_reality Jul 5, 2011 7:47 PM

Welcome to the thread pwrof3! I've been hearing great things about L.A. Noire.


Poor poor Angelina Loya not only murdered but disemboweled as well. :(

ethereal_reality Jul 5, 2011 9:43 PM

House moving near the Wilshire Ebell Theater in 1939.

ethereal_reality Jul 5, 2011 9:47 PM

Great 'noirish' photos of the Hollywood Ranch Market at 1234-1248 Vine Street. Both photos are dated 1961.

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