Harold Lloyd c. 1919
Photo by Albert Witzel (It was at this portrait sitting at the Witzel studios, and in a different pose that the infamous “prop” bomb exploded, landing Lloyd in the hospital and permanently injuring/disfiguring his right hand).
The Rolin Film Company, founded by Hal Roach in the Bradbury Mansion at the corner of Court Street and Hill Street in Los Angeles - 1915
Harold Lloyd started his climb to fame at this studio. It was so drafty, that he dubbed it “Pneumonia Hall”. Sadly, it was demolished in 1929.
The birth of movie merchandising
The Lost World is believed to be one of the first films to have a product tie-in. The movie was released in 1925, at the height of a “puzzle craze" in the United States, and plans were quickly drawn up to bring the two together.
While today we are all too familiar with the merchandising associated with films (usually the big blockbusters) watching the sincere and up front use of it in The Lost World’s promo film is almost sweet compared to today’s more subtle and sneaky product placement. Today, even films that don’t seem like they’d lend themselves naturally to merchandising still seem to find a way.
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The Phantom of the Opera (1925) also had make-up, candy, and even shoe tie-ins during its initial release.
R.I.P. Carla Laemmle (October 20th, 1909 - June 12th, 2014)
Among the guests at her 100th birthday party in 2009 were Ray Bradbury, Bela Lugosi Jr., Sara Karloff, and Ron Chaney.
Carla Laemmle c. 1920’s - (October 20th, 1909 - June 12th, 2014) R.I.P.
The beautiful niece of producer Carl Laemmle, who made her (uncredited) film debut in The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) as a ballet dancer. Her book entitled “Growing Up With Monsters” details her times at Universal studios from 1921 to 1937, has a foreword by Ray Bradbury, and is full of wonderful anecdotes, illustrations and photographs which document the era. Hers is the first voice heard in “Dracula” 1931), in an uncredited role as a bespectaled passenger in the coach which is carrying Renfield to Dracula’s castle. May she rest in peace, and I hope someone writes a book about this lovely lady, who lived to the age of 104, and truly was there at the beginning of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Vivien Leigh’s early passport.
Height: 5’3 1/2”
Harold Lloyd dances with his daughter Gloria - 1943
Husband goes above and beyond the call of duty for wife during Downtown Dollar Days in Los Angeles, CA - September, 1933
75 Years ago today, the New York World’s Fair opened. (1939)
Covering over 1200 acres in Flushing Meadows, the New York World’s Fair of 1939 showcased the latest in technological and scientific advances, as well as exhibits from 60 countries, including Soviet Russia.
Some of the most notable displays included the Futurama, a massive model of the world of 1960, RCA’s television sets, Borden’s fully automatic milking parlor (which introduced Elsie the cow), the Westinghouse time capsule, Electro the Moto-Man, and even hosted the very first sc-fi convention. In addition to the technological, educational and social purpose exhibits, the fair included a massive midway that was described as “The greatest amusement park ever…. at least until Disneyland”. This amusement area featured a roller coaster, the Lifesavers Parachute Drop (which still stands in Coney Island), and rather shockingly, an array of shows featuring topless girls - including one designed by Salvador Dali.
More posts on the fair to come!
Origins of name: This bridge spanning Buena Vista Street is modeled after the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, a concrete arch-bridge viaduct built in 1928 that carries cars over the Los Angeles River, connecting Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood to Glendale.
Fictional back story: On Buena Vista Street, at least one business advertises its proximity to the bridge. “We’re under the bridge,” says an ad for Big Top Toys. The store’s entrance is, in fact, directly under the bridge.
What it really does: Carries the Disneyland Monorail track
I live super close to the original bridge - just drove on it yesterday. =) The Walt Disney Studios were located about one block from the beginning/top of the bridge from 1929 - 1939, on Hyperion Avenue. I’m sure this is why it’s replicated at Disneyland.
And it followed that a boy and girl romance developed between Bebe and Harold Lloyd. He was her first ‘date’. By nature he was shy and it took him some time to pluck up the courage to ask Phyllis (Bebe’s mother) if he could take Bebe out. Phyllis was strict with Bebe as she was still underage. But Phyllis did agree that Harold could take her to movies and to dances, provided he brought her home ‘real early’.
Harold and Bebe were happy together and at one time very much in love. He asked her to marry him. He bought a diamond, had it made into a tie-pin, and if and when Bebe said ‘yes’, he would have it remade into an engagement ring. The diamond remained a tie-pin.
|—||From “Bebe And Ben” by Jill Allgood (quote about Bebe Daniel’s relationship with Harold Lloyd) - 1975. (via fyeah-haroldlloyd)|
Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks & Oscar Price (President of United Artists) 1919
Teeny tiny ivory lace dress worn by Hepburn for the final scene in her first proper film, Roman Holiday, in 1952.
The waist is 24 inches, the bust 34 inches. But the dress was probably smaller when it was worn by Hepburn, a fact that gives the first insight into her character.
Audrey would have all her costumes and gowns made with a generous seam allowance so that, when she gave the clothes away, which she invariably did, the new owner could let out the seams and fit them perfectly. Audrey was so generous. She liked to give things away rather than let them languish in a wardrobe.
Audrey went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1954 and wore the same lace gown designed by Edith Head, with some alterations done by her new friend the couturier Hubert de Givenchy, to collect her award.
And when her wedding to Lord James Hanson was cancelled she gave away her simple wedding gown to a poor peasant girl in Italy.