Thursday, February 23, 2017

La La Land and Hermosa Beach



I just crossed another one off my list of locations used in the film "La La Land." The Lighthouse Cafe is a real place, near the Hermosa Beach Pier. It really looks about the same from what you see in the movie.



What you see though is the back of the location; here's what the front looks like:



And here's the Pier as seen in the movie:



versus reality:



I think I'll take fantasy...and not just because Ryan Gosling is in the shot. I have read that the city is considering putting vintage lights on the pier to make it look more like the movie. That would definitely be an improvement as the pier looks fairly sterile in its every day incarnation.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Old Time Photo Mystery



Within a recent batch of vintage Disneyland slides comes this July 1958 image of an old time photo "booth." I have no way of knowing if this is an interior of the Kodak shop on Main Street...unless someone like Beachgal comes forward and solves the mystery for me! Along with this interesting photo I also obtained this interior view of the Dutch Boy Paint Gallery in Tomorrowland. Leave it to Walt and the Imagineers to create an interactive/futuristic looking display for paint.



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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Temple Tuesdays: Behind the Storybook Pt. 1



From a batch of vintage negatives come these behind-the-scenes shots of Shirley Temple rehearsing her anthology television show, "Shirley Temple's Storybook."



Running on NBC from January through December 1958, it was a mix of color and black and white episodes. I tried to zoom in to be able to read Shirley's script, but to no avail. However, check out the ice on her fingers!



Although the golden curls had straightened out and gone darker, that famous dimpled smile was still around to charm.







I believe the gentleman with the cig and his back to the camera is Mitchell Leisen, who directed three of the series' episodes.



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