|People didn't care much for the last mystery photo. Here's one you may like better. |
Update: Herb Nichols and Pete Nowell guessed that our mystery fellow is Chargers football coach Sid Gillman making a guest appearance on "The Rifleman." Notice he's even wearing his little bow tie. According to The Times, the episode aired Feb. 16, 1960, although imdb doesn't list Gillman in the cast.
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Category: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009
|I've been exploring 1959 copies of Boxoffice that have been uploaded to issuu.com. The website is extremely hard to navigate and its search engine is useless. However, Google does a good job of ferreting out articles. |
One particularly interesting article notes that 554 theaters across the country reopened in 1958, many of them in smaller communities. Theaters were being renovated or upgraded to show films in Todd-AO or Cinemiracle (like Grauman's Chinese in Hollywood).
Top hit of the week? "House on Haunted Hill."
Here's a link to the Feb. 9, 1959, edition.
The 1908 Rainier in all its aged glory.
|A 101-year-old touring car on its third owner has been listed on EBay. According to the vendor's information, the car was purchased in Los Angeles and driven by the Asbury family, which gave the car to the family chauffeur when the rear axle housing broke. The chauffeur replaced the piece with a Pierce-Arrow rear end, but wisely threw all the original Rainier pieces in the back seat. When the chauffeur died, the car was sold at auction to the vendor's grandfather, a car enthusiast. Bidding starts at $185,000. The vendor says that on the way home from a 1938 horseless carriage gathering, this car was clocked at 70 mph.|
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This is the bluff overlooking the Cornfield and a good route into downtown
if the Pasadena Freeway is jammed.
|I've been neglectful in posting Nuestro Pueblo -- so many stories, only one Larry Harnisch. Here's an interesting entry on a part of downtown Los Angeles that had vanished by 1939. Notice the story about police corruption continuing on Central Avenue. The Times rarely covered the African American community, so this story is particularly noteworthy.|
As long as we are talking about the early days of the movie industry and Cecil B. De Mille, here's a 1915 interview with him.
Los Angeles Times file photo
And in going through the De Mille photos, I found this undated picture of the Lasky studio, which has been turned into a museum.
Photograph by Mike Meadows / Los Angeles Times
And here's the studio in 1993. But what's this? There's a porch. Hmm.
And here's the current photograph from the Hollywood Heritage Museum website.
And in 1979 on the Paramount lot. No porch. The barn was turned into the studio's gym and used by Marlon Brando and Paul Newman, The Times says.