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Martin Pal Dec 23, 2018 6:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nealberke (Post 8417544)
Here are three excerpts from Cole Porter’s “Stereophonic Sound” as Porter wrote it and before it was “cleaned up” for the motion picture. Source is LyricsZoo.com. (http://www.lyricszoo.com/hildegarde-...ophonic-sound/)

“If Zanuck's latest picture were the good old-fashioned kind,
There'd be no one in front to look at Marilyn's behind.
If you want to hear applauding hands resound
You've gotta have glorious Technicolor,
Breathtaking Cinemascope and
Stereophonic sound”.

“The customers don't like to see
The groom embrace the bride
Unless her lips are scarlet
And her bosom's five feet wide.
You've gotta have glorious Technicolor,
Breathtaking Cinemascope or
Cinerama, Vista Vision, Superscope or
Todd-A-O and
Stereophonic sound,
And Stereophonic sound”.

‘If Ava Gardner played Godiva
Riding on a mare
The people wouldn't pay a cent
To see her in the bare
Unless she had glorious Technicolor,
Cinecolor or
Warnercolor or
Pathe color or
Eastmancolor or
Kodacolor or
Any color and
Stereophonic sound,
And Stereophonic,
As an extra tonic,
Stereophonic sound’.
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I love the Stereophonic Sound number in Silk Stockings! Thanks for posting these lyrics that I'd never seen before, NealBerke!
Youtube posting of the movie version HERE.

Martin Pal Dec 23, 2018 6:48 PM

https://cdn2.lamag.com/wp-content/up...12/oiltree.jpgL.A. Magazine

In 1939 and 1940, a Huntington Beach oil company attached more than 100 pine saplings to a steel derrick to create this 127-foot monstrosity. To complete the display, the company sprinkled the ground in bright-white powdered lime.


Los Angeles Coliseum Christmas Lights, December 1949.

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PGHA_oKP9...%2C%2B1949.jpgR.O. Ritchie/L.A. Times

Dec. 19, 1949: Decorated Christmas trees in front of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum facing Figueroa St. are photographed at dusk.

Martin Pal Dec 23, 2018 7:00 PM

I spent some considerable time last week looking at posts of Christmas photos on NLA and didn't see any of the following ones I'm posting, but having said that, who knows? Also, they will seem familiar anyway because there's been many similar looking ones.

https://66.media.tumblr.com/317d9b8b...lhao1_1280.jpgCalifornia State Library

The Poinsettia, California’s Christmas Flower, circa 1920's, from Newman Postcard Co. in Los Angeles taken at the Hollywood Hotel.
(Two similar postcards were previously posted.)
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This photo is facing the Security Bank building on the corner of Hollywood & Highland. On the left of the photo is the Hollywood Hotel. What caught my eye in this photo was the banners on the lighted Christmas Tree on the right, which is in front of Barker Brothers. None of the other trees have them.


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4574/...97243e45_b.jpgjericl cat/Flickr


This 1948 photo was taken in much the same location as the one above. The trees on the left front the Hollywood Hotel. Security Bank Building. Hotel Drake. Paramount Theater on the right.

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/...e-jpg.3753940/Jalopy Journal
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I was looking at the following photo taken a bit east of the Pantages Theatre and wasn't quite sure if I'd ever seen the lighted Taft Building sign as the Hollingsworth Taft Building. Some NLA searching tells me that Hollingsworth was a management company and then I noticed the building on the right side says "Equitable Building of Hollywood Managed by Hollingsworth." Still, I couldn't find another photo with the lighted Hollingsworth sign.

This photo was taken in 1949. The theatre on the left is playing a film originally released in the UK in 1945 under the title "29 Acacia Avenue", but not released in the U.S. until 1949 under the title The Facts of Love. This initials on the theatre look like they're for the Hitching Post theatre which played Westerns, but this film is not a western. Cinema Treasures says that by 1950 it was called the Paris Theatre. (To the left of the theatre is the Eagle Cafe.)

The Pantages is showing the Claudette Colbert movie "Bride for Sale." The tag line for that movie is: "Claudette Colbert wants a carpet slipper kind of guy...and winds up with a pair of heels!"

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4546/...144f3e28_b.jpgjericl cat/Flickr
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This next one was taken on Hollywood Blvd. near Vine Street facing west.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7556/2...8d1e951a_b.jpg
VintageLA/Flickr

The photo isn't dated. The Marc Wannamaker book Hollywood 1940-2008, says that "by 1945, the Hotel Christie was renamed the Hollywood Drake Hotel (pictured) then changed ownership again and reopened in January, 1958, as the Hollywood Inn."

The Academy Theatre is closed.


The source says: Hollywood Blvd. December, 1958, but all of the films on the marquees were released in 1957. The book Hollywood 1940-2008, by Marc Wannamaker, says the Hollywood Inn (formerly Hotel Christie and Hollywood Drake Hotel) opened in January, 1958. So, in this photo, the Hollywood Inn could have it's marquee lit pending official opening (if it was closed between owners at all), or the photo could have been taken in January.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/471/18...3334ca5f_b.jpg
Photograph by Frank J. Thomas, Courtesy of the Frank J. Thomas Archives

It looks to be approximately 9:30 p.m. The New-View Theatre is showing April Love and The Three Faces of Eve. Also pictured: Hollywood Men's Shop. Shoe City. The Vogue is showing Peyton Place. Elmer's Pyramid Fountain. Musso & Frank's Grill. Hollywood Barber Shop. Chuck's Hofbrau.

Martin Pal Dec 23, 2018 7:05 PM

I meant to post this last year, but didn't get around to it. Last December Hollywood tried sprucing up their Christmas decorations on Hollywood Blvd.

http://onlyinhollywood.org/wp-conten...Lights-035.jpg

Link to all photos HERE.

"After an absence of four years, holiday lighting returned to Hollywood Boulevard for the 2017 holiday season, as a result of a joint effort between the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Entertainment District (HED). A lighting ceremony was held to show off the new decorations at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, adjacent to the Metro Station.

http://onlyinhollywood.org/wp-conten...55-768x511.jpg


Over 50 palm trees were decorated with permanent lighting, and each tree outfitted with two RGB lamps installed under the crown of the tree to light up the palm fronds. In addition, 27 city light poles were adorned with custom-made pole-mounted decorations with a star theme, installed along with decorated commercial green garland with LED lights.

The tree lights will be kept up all year, while the decorations will be removed in January. The RGB lamps can be programmed with different colors, which will enable the HED to change the lighting to different colors depending on the holiday.

http://onlyinhollywood.org/wp-conten...8-768x1154.jpg

Enjoy the holidays, noirishers!

Link for E_R, HERE!

ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2018 8:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nealberke (Post 8417544)

originally posted by ethereal reality
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...0/542/xw6g.jpg

I think I’ve solved the Anamorphic, Panoramic, Stereophonic and George! mystery.

Strip City’s ad loosely refers to the 1955 musical “Silk Stockings”

Let’s break this down.

ANAMORPHIC: According to Wikipedia “Anamorphic format is the cinematography technique of shooting a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio. It also refers to the projection format in which a distorted image is "stretched" by an anamorphic projection lens to recreate the original aspect ratio on the viewing screen”.

PANORAMIC: Likely just thrown in for effect or to mean the audience will get an all around view of the performers.

STEREOPHONIC: The club installed a stereo sound system. Again, what Cole Porter says audiences demand in a modern motion picture. (http://www.lyricszoo.com/hildegarde-...ophonic-sound/)

GEORGE: I’d guess this is a reference to George S. Kaufman who started work on Silk Stockings but didn’t complete the “book”. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Stockings).

Other evidence in the ad: It looks like the photo or cartoon shows a woman either putting on or taking off stockings. “Our girls get dressed behind a wide screen”, a wide screen anamorphic reference.

:previous: Excellent summation nealberke Thanks so much for figuring this out. (especially the meaning of "and George") that was a doozy of a mystery believe you me.


The stripper in the ad, Venus the Body, was Jean Smyle.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...923/MgjpfZ.jpg
trueburlesque


I don't believe we ever figured out what "Sam Incessant: Please write!" means.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/3...922/pRbWKI.jpg
DETAIL from ad.
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ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2018 8:29 PM

As a reminder:

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...921/yBiEyI.jpg
caption from laweekly

We've seen this photo a couple of times on NLA...but I don't remember discussing Strip City as a mob/hoodlum hang-out :shrug: (or was every strip club considered a hoodlum hangout back then?)
Refresh my memory: Do we know who owned Strip City?)...that might tell us how much of a hoodlum hang-out it was.

I also didn't remember the Gruen clock above the entrance to the club.

CityBoyDoug Dec 23, 2018 8:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8417829)
As a reminder:

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...921/yBiEyI.jpg
caption from laweekly

We've seen this photo a couple of times on NLA...but I don't remember discussing Strip City as a mob/hoodlum hang-out :shrug: (or was every strip club considered a hoodlum hangout back then?)
Refresh my memory: Do we know who owned Strip City?)...that might tell us how much of a hoodlum hang-out it was.

I also didn't remember the Gruen clock above the entrance to the club.

Here's Desiree Cyn

http://www.streetswing.com/histburl/gif/desiree1.gif
streetswing

ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2018 9:01 PM

And on the flip side. ;)

Sal Mineo starred, and directed, John Herbert's play Fortune and Men's Eyes at the Coronet Theater on La Cienaga.

Original program: $350 at AMAZON


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/FLF2jI.jpg

Co-starring Don Johnson :previous:. [and below in his tighty whiteys]


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/I2VS6A.jpg



https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/OuvnLX.jpg
can anyone make out who replaced Robert Redding?



The West Coast production of Fortune and Men's Eyes premiered in December 1968 with an official opening date of January 9th, 1969 and ran until July 1969.

The Coronet Theater was located at...[I'm looking it up] it's too blurry in the program scan.
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ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2018 9:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 8417805)

Link for E_R, HERE!

Oh my, Martin........believe it or not, I've never heard the song Indiana Christmas before.

It's quite beautiful. *dabs eyes*

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CityBoyDoug Dec 23, 2018 10:09 PM

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Tmgvr7HWp...onet-Largo.jpg.....https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/t...5f87568b03.jpg
LA Times...This stage

Mineo and Johnson.....tense times in prison

Thanks ER

Seating: 267

Stage Specs:
Proscenium width: 39'
Proscenium height: 13'
Curtain to footlights: 3' 6"
Curtain to backwall: 30'

Grid height: 17' 9"
Theatre location: upstairs

I believe its now called Largo

nealberke Dec 23, 2018 10:21 PM

Perhaps Sam Shapiro
 
[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;8417828]:previous: Excellent summation nealberke Thanks so much for figuring this out. (especially the meaning of "and George") that was a doozy of a mystery believe you me.


The stripper in the ad, Venus the Body, was Jean Smyle.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...923/MgjpfZ.jpg
trueburlesque


I don't believe we ever figured out what "Sam Incessant: Please write!" means.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/3...922/pRbWKI.jpg
[SIZE="1"]DETAIL from ad.

http://jazzwestcoastresearch.blogspo...oom-mambo.html

nealberke Dec 23, 2018 10:28 PM

[QUOTE=nealberke;8417901][QUOTE=ethereal_reality;8417828]:previous: Excellent summation nealberke Thanks so much for figuring this out. (especially the meaning of "and George") that was a doozy of a mystery believe you me.


The stripper in the ad, Venus the Body, was Jean Smyle.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...923/MgjpfZ.jpg
trueburlesque


I don't believe we ever figured out what "Sam Incessant: Please write!" means.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/3...922/pRbWKI.jpg
[SIZE="1"]DETAIL from ad.

It may have been a performer who appeared at the club, Sam Shapiro. as ARAHO THE HALF BREED. The website is JAZZ CITY RESEARCH Sept. 30, 2014.

http://jazzwestcoastresearch.blogspo...oom-mambo.html

By the way, how can I attach a NEW photo to this post from my photos file? It looks like the only way to attach a file is from a website. Once I know that, I can post a Strip City ad with Sam Shapiro's name.

nealberke Dec 23, 2018 10:34 PM

[QUOTE=nealberke;8417904][QUOTE=nealberke;8417901]
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8417828)
:previous: Excellent summation nealberke Thanks so much for figuring this out. (especially the meaning of "and George") that was a doozy of a mystery believe you me.


The stripper in the ad, Venus the Body, was Jean Smyle.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...923/MgjpfZ.jpg
trueburlesque


I don't believe we ever figured out what "Sam Incessant: Please write!" means.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/3...922/pRbWKI.jpg
[SIZE="1"]DETAIL from ad.

It may have been a performer who appeared at the club, Sam Shapiro. as ARAHO THE HALF BREED. The website is JAZZ CITY RESEARCH Sept. 30, 2014.

http://jazzwestcoastresearch.blogspo...oom-mambo.html


Mstimc Dec 24, 2018 4:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 8417800)
I spent some considerable time last week looking at posts of Christmas photos on NLA and didn't see any of the following ones I'm posting, but having said that, who knows? Also, they will seem familiar anyway because there's been many similar looking ones.

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This photo is facing the Security Bank building on the corner of Hollywood & Highland. On the left of the photo is the Hollywood Hotel. What caught my eye in this photo was the banners on the lighted Christmas Tree on the right, which is in front of Barker Brothers. None of the other trees have them.


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4574/...97243e45_b.jpgjericl cat/Flickr


The banner on the right looks like the Philippine flag.

sadykadie2 Dec 24, 2018 7:14 AM

When the modern world gets too much, I open up my secret weapon! Noirish Los Angeles. I was a single mom for 12 years, a lot of dark nights. Noirish was a safe place then. Thanks forever!:cheers:

ScottyB Dec 24, 2018 8:17 AM

Here is a visit from Santa and his henchmen, uh, elves in 1925, led by mounted police parting the throngs. (perhaps on Broadway? Yes, no?)

Screengrabs from the Moving Image Research Collections at University of South Carolina


looking North I believe


https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7863/...eda4a03e_h.jpg


and South

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4821/...393da3ee_h.jpg


What building is looming at the far end of the street?

here is the link to the film

https://mirc.sc.edu/islandora/object/usc%3A33910



Not sure if we've covered this resource before but there are lots of fascinating films to see (including an incredible movie from 1920(!) from a bi-plane over the Huntington estate, the Huntington Hotel and the Oak Knoll area).

Happy Holidays everyone!

HossC Dec 24, 2018 1:13 PM

:previous:

Quote:

Originally Posted by ScottyB (Post 8418107)

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4821/...393da3ee_h.jpg

What building is looming at the far end of the street?

I think we're looking at the Los Angeles Railway Building at 1060 S Broadway, complete with Western Auto Supply sign on the roof. The view below is dated circa 1926.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ilwayBldg1.jpg
USC Digital Library

CityBoyDoug Dec 24, 2018 5:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ScottyB (Post 8418107)
Here is a visit from Santa and his henchmen, uh, elves in 1925, led by mounted police parting the throngs. (perhaps on Broadway? Yes, no?)

Screengrabs from the Moving Image Research Collections at University of South Car


and South

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4821/...393da3ee_h.jpg




Not sure if we've covered this resource before but there are lots of fascinating films to see (including an incredible movie from 1920(!) from a bi-plane over the Huntington estate, the Huntington Hotel and the Oak Knoll area).

Happy Holidays everyone!

What a scene of chaos.....including those fake reindeer, which appear to be beef calves wearing strap-on reindeer costumes.

ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2018 6:08 PM

It's Christmas Eve! I've got all my noirish minions working overtime. ;)


https://imageshack.com/a/img922/3422/QIEJ1w.gif
giphy

odinthor Dec 24, 2018 6:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 8418139)

I think we're looking at the Los Angeles Railway Building at 1060 S Broadway, complete with Western Auto Supply sign on the roof. The view below is dated circa 1926.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ilwayBldg1.jpg
USC Digital Library

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In re: Gilbert Thayer (at mid-right in the above). Selected advertised/reported items.

All images Los Angeles Times via ProQuest via CSULB Library.

https://i.postimg.cc/ydxN7LmH/Thayer1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/fy0T9kqq/Thayer2.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/hhW4bgHD/Thayer3.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/gcwvDDfQ/Thayer4.jpg


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