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Old Posted Apr 10, 2013, 8:18 PM
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1949 !

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Incredible that the Baker Block was still in existence downtown on Main St when the above photo was taken. One could really time travel back then. The divide between pre- and post-war LA was sharp as a knife. [tovangar2]

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Very true ! The picture from Criss Cross below is moving for guys in the know. It shows 4 periods overlaping !
1. the Plaza on top of the slope from the beginning ;
2. the very last buildings of old Chinatown on the just widened Marchessault from the 1880's ;
3. a car from the 1920's or early 1930's (amazing it's still around !) ;
4. beautiful Yvonne in the fashion of 1949.


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Strictly something for the daredevil boys.

http://youtu.be/K4YmVP6i4qw
Thanks for the video link CityBoyDoug. That crash was wicked.
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Thanks for the video link CityBoyDoug. That crash was wicked.
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Wow!

I couldn't imagine splitting traffic in that thing, on the Santa Ana Fwy., during the commute period!?
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2013, 10:27 PM
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Bunker Hill redevelopment model, circa 1952.


found on an old cd of mine
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-tourist snapshot, Union Station 1940s.


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Old Posted Apr 10, 2013, 11:13 PM
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The Turning Point (1952) has been covered in bits and pieces before on the thread, but posting the shot of the gas tanks DTLA from the film made me want to leave a few more out in the rain, plus a couple of "afters". I hope this isn't too many, but they're easy and fun to do (and besides, I can't sleep). Thx to Beaudry and others for some of the IDs. There's also a mystery or two if anyone has answers. There's a couple of duplicates, but I skipped Angels Flight. Its been covered.

Another Holden outing set in a city that's not LA, à la "Union Station". Carolyn Jones has a cameo as a blonde. Everything's from Paramount/Youtube, unless noted.

Zipping east on 9th between Los Angeles and Santee with the Eastern Columbia in the distance. Except for signage, the north side of 9th has not changed at all:


Heading north on Olive, coming up to 3rd:


3rd and Olive, our old friend, I've lost track of how many films used this location. The camera never swings around to show us Angels Flight though:


Tom Tully dances out of a cab outside the Gladden. Looking east on 1st at Olive:


Wm Holden, lurking in the shadows, watching as Tully enters the Gladden:


The reverse shot, showing the inside of Pollinger's Market (according to Beaudry http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=2155).
Holden exhibits a level of cool throughout most of this film that would snap a lesser man in half:


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I don't think that we have seen this shot of the Gladden Hotel at the corner of First Street and Olive before:


http://www.electricearl.com/bh/GladdenApts.html (1956, I believe)
Alexis Smith & Holden outside the Hill-Crest at #427, next door to the Sunshine Apts (Edith Head did the costumes):


Thugs spill out of the Sunshine. Nice shot of the dizzying steepness:


Classy apartment building, but I can't make out the name Leland Bryant's "The Colonial House" (1930), 1416 Havenhurst, W Hollywood:
(Head should never have put Holden in a double-breasted suit):


Pulling away from The Colonial House, heading towards the hills:


Pulling up to the Spring St side of City Hall. What is that brown brick building? (Identified as the Bank of Italy Building by MR):


Holden tails Tully to City Hall, ducks behind a column and then watches from the top of the steps as Tully leaves:




Tully heads up 2nd St from Hill on foot:


Tully's fedora vs de Corsia's homberg. In this instance, the homberg gets the upper hand:


2nd & Hill today and all that's left of our beautiful railing:


gsv

de Corsia watches Tully head west:


Good companion shot to the one above, showing the roof lines of the buildings:

onbunkerhill.org

Today:

gsv

Closer view of the laundry and the liquor store on the north side of 2nd:


Cold-eyed hitman Tony Barr (interesting guy, check his IMDB page) gets the mark while the liquor store clerk freaks out. "Buy Oaleo Wine":


It's Barr's turn to take a hit:


An impressive number of extras show up in the aftermath of the double hit:


The neighborhood's abuzz (b/c, really now, how often does Wm Holden show up on 2nd St?):


Glimpses of the south side of 2nd:



We take a detour to the Paramount lot (not the only one), as one's not actually allowed to set fire to LA (at least not in '52):


A bar on Hill (?):


Holden gets caught in the double helix at the Hotel Central, 310 Clay St:


Holden exits the back of the Vendome, 231 S Hill. They have a room for rent if you need one:


Holden heads towards the Belmont, 251 S Hill:


Holden meets a contact named "Pink" outside a discount store. The actor's uncredited, which is a shame b/c he's really good in both his scenes:


Detroit hitman Neville Brand gets an "LA" job over the phone (Pool hall in a basement? Could this be Hollywood Billiards in the Hollywood Western Building?) LA played Detroit in "True Romance" too:


Holden at the fights. The last 9 minutes of the film take place at this arena. I don't recognize it (Identified as Grand Olympic Auditorium, 1801 S Grand. Thx again MR):

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Classy apartment building, but I can't make out the name (Head should never have put Holden in a double-breasted suit):


Holden at the fights. The last 9 minutes of the film take place at this arena. I don't recognize it:
The Stratford Arms, Holden's strictly a single-breasted kind of guy and I think it's the Olympic Auditorium.
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The Stratford Arms
Is this the Stratford Arms at 1735 W. 6th Street that had the fatal fire in 1974? (tovanger2 mentioned this fire earlier)



http://www.ebay.com/itm/1974-Two-Pag...-/230950006944


http://www.ebay.com/itm/1974-Two-Pag...-/230950006944





http://framework.latimes.com/2010/11...artments-fire/




roof top the morning after

http://framework.latimes.com/2010/11...artments-fire/

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Old Posted Apr 11, 2013, 6:52 PM
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Is this the Stratford Arms at 1735 W. 6th Street that had the fatal fire in 1974? (tovanger2 mentioned this fire earlier)



http://www.ebay.com/itm/1974-Two-Pag...-/230950006944


http://www.ebay.com/itm/1974-Two-Pag...-/230950006944





http://framework.latimes.com/2010/11...artments-fire/




roof top the morning after

http://framework.latimes.com/2010/11...artments-fire/

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I don't think so, E-R, I think the movie prop guys simply affixed a sign to the side of an appropriately 'classy' building. In the following frame Alexis, wearing gloves and severely plucked eyebrows and driving a Plymouth convertible, pulls away from the 'classy apartment building' and heads down a hill lined with mature trees and shrubbery in what appears to be an essentially residential neighborhood. At the fire ravaged real-life Stratford Apartments, we would be in a heavily commercial area and likely would see the Barbizon up the street on the right hand side. Even allowing for the intervening years, I don't think it's W. Sixth Street.
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I thought the architectural style looked different as well. Thanks for your insight MR.
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..and thanks to T2 for that marvelous post on 'The Turning Point' (1952)
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Brunswig Square, built in 1931 as the Brunswig Drug Co. Factory.

360 E. 2nd St.

Jesus E. Salgado http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2593

Does anyone have a vintage photograph when this was the drug factory? I haven't had any luck yet.
I want to see what the building looked like before the modern windows were added.
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Brunswig Square, built in 1931 as the Brunswig Drug Co. Factory.

360 E. 2nd St.

Jesus E. Salgado http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2593

Does anyone have a vintage photograph when this was the drug factory? I haven't had any luck yet.
I want to see what the building looked like before those modern windows were added.
I'm looking but gotta say, that's a seriously beautiful building.
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Thx MR & e_r. (I just spent way too long reading about the Grand Olympic Auditorium). I love TTP for the street-scapes and shop and bar interiors. Bunker Hill looks so sun-bleached and weather-beaten. Holden never looked better, but Alexis Smith and Edmond O'Brian are a couple of pills. The exterior shots on the Paramount lot are extremely jarring. They cannot compete with the real LA.

I'm still mystified by the brick building in this shot. I'm gonna kick myself when I find out:


P.S.

There's a very interesting history of Brunswig Drug here: http://www.fundinguniverse.com/compa...ation-history/.

I had no idea Brunswig was French. Lucien Napoleon Brunswig.

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I recently came across this ad from the Los Angeles Herald.


http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

So did this spell the end for the Garvanza Hotel, or were there new owners after this date?



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http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/queen%2...language=fr_FR

I find it hard to believe the hotel only lasted 5 years. Does anyone know the details?
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Single- or double- ?

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Head should never have put Holden in a double-breasted suit.


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Holden's strictly a single-breasted kind of guy. [MichaelRyerson]
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What's the difference between a single-breasted kind of guy and a double-breasted kind of guy ? It may be obvious for american noirishers but not at all for a frenchie like me.
Please, Michael or Tovangar, tell me all about it.
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Here it is...

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Brunswig Square, built in 1931 as the Brunswig Drug Co. Factory.

360 E. 2nd St.

Jesus E. Salgado http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2593

Does anyone have a vintage photograph when this was the drug factory? I haven't had any luck yet.
I want to see what the building looked like before the modern windows were added.
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Here it is at a distance in a Whittington shot, it appears only the front elevation was done for looks, the other windows, at least on this the west side, are more utilitarian...



Looking south-east down Weller Street, Dick Whittington, ca.1939

Brunswig Drug building center-right. I'd say the modern windows were an improvement.

USC digital archive/Dick Whittington Photography Collection, 1924-1987

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I'd have to agree, the new windows make the building appear more vertical.


The old Brunswig Drug Co. Factory from the corner of 2nd and South Central.


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At first I thought this one story section also dates to 1931, but your photograph shows a parking lot MR.
If this is a new structure (there's parking on the roof) they did a fine job matching it to the older building.
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The new windows make the building appear more vertical. (at least on the sides)


The old Brunswig Drug Co. Factory from the corner of 2nd and South Central.


gsv

I thought this one story dates to 1931 as well, but your photograph shows a parking lot.
If this is a new structure (there's parking on the roof) they did a fine job.
They did a great job with the build-out, merging the new and old and improving on what they had to work with. If only this had been the rule rather than the exception. Beautiful building. I'm wondering what they did with the interior. I have a photo safari coming up in June. I'll stop by here.
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I'm still mystified by the brick building in this shot. I'm gonna kick myself when I find out:
That's a corner of the old Bank of Italy building (hard by our beloved City Hall).
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