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  • John 8:05 am on August 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1931, color video, hollywood   

    Amazing Hollywood In 1931 – Rare Color Film 

    What an amazing time!

    The year was 1931. This is amateur film shot in CineColor showing a vivid portrait of Hollywood. The Great Depression seems completely unknown among the big villas and mansions of the richest suburban town in the US.

     

    Great in-car shots of the Hollywood Boulevard, plus an aerial view of the Hollywood Bowl and the nighttime World Premiere of the movie “Dirigible” at the Hollywood Chinese Theatre, with James Cagney and other major Hollywood Stars.

     
    • swrworkingman 5:29 pm on August 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is simply amazing. This film makes me realize how little 80 years really is in a historical context

  • John 9:59 am on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1970s, hollywood, , , seventies   

    Early 1970s Photos Of Los Angeles & Hollywood 

    Classic L.A. from the early to mid 70s.

    Also don’t miss the rare Van Halen photos…. and a few pics from a Sound Warehouse music store, where they were doing a KISS “Love Gun” Promotion, 1977.

     
    • dreamweaverjenn 10:54 am on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I LOVE these too!!! KISS one of my favorite bands OF all time! Would love to have that whole Love Gun display.

  • John 8:47 am on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: changeling, chicken coop, hollywood, , , wineville   

    The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders 

    The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders – were a series of kidnappings and murders of young boys occurring in Los Angeles and Riverside County, California, in 1928. The case received national attention. The 2008 film Changeling is based in part upon events related to this case.

    Walter Collins

    In 1926, Saskatchewan-born ranch owner Gordon Stewart Northcott took his 13-year-old nephew, Sanford Clark (with the permission of Sanford’s parents), from his home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Once in California, Northcott beat and sexually abused his nephew.

    Sanford’s sister, Jessie Clark, visited Sanford in Wineville concerned for his welfare. Once in Wineville, Sanford told her that he feared for his own life and one night while Gordon Northcott slept, Jessie learned from Sanford about the horrors and murders that had taken place at Wineville. Jessie returned to Canada in the next week or so.

    Once in Canada, she informed the American Consul in Canada about the horrors in Wineville. The American consul then wrote a letter to the Los Angeles Police Department, detailing Jessie Clark’s sworn complaint. As initially there was some concern over an immigration issue, the Los Angeles Police Department contacted the United States Immigration Service to determine the extent of the complaint from Jessie. On August 31, 1928, the United States Immigration Service (inspectors; Judson F. Shaw and Inspector Scallorn) visited the Northcott Ranch in Wineville. The Immigration Service found 15-year-old Sanford Clark at the ranch and took him into custody. Gordon Northcott had fled through the fields when he saw the agents driving up the long road to his ranch. Gordon told Sanford to stall the agents, or he would shoot Sanford from the treeline with a rifle. In the 2 hours that Sanford stalled for Gordon, Gordon had kept running, and finally when Sanford felt that the agents could protect him, he told them that Gordon had fled into the trees that lined the edge of Gordon’s chicken-ranch property.

    Sanford Clark testified at the sentencing of Sarah Louise Northcott (his grandmother) that Gordon Northcott (his uncle) had kidnapped, molested, beaten, and killed three young boys with the help of Northcott’s mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, and Sanford himself. In addition to the three young boys murdered, Sanford stated that Northcott had also killed a Mexican youth (never identified, but referred to in the case as the “Headless Mexican”), without the involvement of his mother or Sanford. Gordon Northcott had forced Sanford to help dispose of the “head” (of the Mexican youth) by burning it in a firepit and then crushing the skull into pieces with a fence post. Gordon stated that “he had left the headless body by the side of the road near Puente (La Puente, California), because he had no other place to put it.”

    House and chicken coop on the property

    The Northcotts fled to Canada and were arrested near Vernon, British Columbia.

    Police found no complete bodies, but they discovered personal effects of the three children reported missing, a blood-stained axe, and partial body parts, including bones, hair and fingers, from the three victims buried in lime near the chicken house at the Northcott ranch near Wineville – hence the name “Wineville Chicken Coop Murders”. Wineville changed its name to Mira Loma on November 1, 1930, due in large part to the negative publicity surrounding the murders. The new City of Eastvale, California took parts of the area of Mira Loma in 2010 and the new city of Jurupa Valley took parts of Mira Loma in 2011.  Wineville Avenue, Wineville Road, Wineville Park and other geographic references provide reminders of the community’s former name. Sanford Clark returned to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. City of Saskatoon records indicate that Sanford Wesley Clark died on June 20, 1991 and was buried in the Saskatoon Woodlawn Cemetery on August 26, 1993.

    Son (left) and Mom -or is it his Grandma?- (right) on trial. Old photos always make it even creepier! Am I right?

     

    Canadian police arrested Gordon Stewart Northcott and his mother on September 19, 1928. Due to errors in the extradition paperwork, they were not returned to Los Angeles until November 30, 1928. During the time period that Sarah and Gordon Northcott were being held in Canada, awaiting extradition back to California, Sarah Louise Northcott confessed to the murders, including that of nine-year-old Walter Collins. Prior to being extradited to California, Sarah Northcott retracted her statement, as did Gordon Northcott, who had confessed to killing more than five boys.

    Once Sarah Louise Northcott and her son, Gordon Northcott, were extradited from Canada to California, Sarah Louise Northcott, once again, pled guilty to killing Walter Collins. There was no trial. Upon her plea of guilty, Superior Court Judge Morton sentenced her to life imprisonment on December 31, 1928, sparing her the death penalty because she was a woman. Sarah Louise Northcott served her sentence at Tehachapi State Prison, and was paroled after fewer than 12 years. During her sentencing, Sarah Louise claimed her son was innocent and made a variety of bizarre claims about his parentage, including that he was an illegitimate son by an English nobleman, that she was Gordon’s grandmother, and that he was the result of incest between her husband, George Cyrus Northcott, and their daughter. She also stated that as a child, Gordon was sexually abused by the entire family. Sarah Louise Northcott died in 1944.

    Gordon Northcott was implicated and participated in the murder of Walter Collins, but because his mother had already confessed and been sentenced for the murder of Walter, the state chose not to bring any charges against Gordon in the death of Walter Collins. It was speculated that Gordon may have had as many as 20 victims, but the State of California could not produce evidence to support that speculation, and ultimately only brought an indictment against Gordon in the murder of an unidentified Mexican boy known as the “Headless Mexican” and brothers Lewis and Nelson Winslow (aged 12 and 10, respectively). The brothers had been reported missing from Pomona on May 16, 1928.

    In early 1929, Gordon Northcott’s trial was held before Judge George R. Freeman in Riverside County, California. The jury heard that he kidnapped, molested, tortured, and murdered the Winslow brothers and the “Headless Mexican” in 1928. On February 8, 1929, the 27-day trial ended with Gordon Northcott convicted of the murders.

    On February 13, 1929, Freeman sentenced Gordon Northcott to death, and he was hanged on October 2, 1930, at San Quentin State Prison.

    Gordon, looking creepy as hell. Due to claims of incest, his sister was his mother and his mother was actually his grandmother. Now that is strange and bizarre.

    Further Reading:

    Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wineville_Chicken_Coop_Murders.

     

     
  • John 9:59 am on August 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: curse, entourage, guest star, hollywood, kirby, penn   

    Is the TV show “Entourage” cursed? Guest stars beware! 

    Entourage is one of my favorite TV shows, but whether it is a natural death or not, some guest stars have gotten a glitzy ticket to Hollywood Heaven.

    The list of Entourage special guests who have signed off:

    • Bruno Kirby – played Phil Rubenstein, a movie mogul who adored his Shrek doll
    • Sydney Pollack – played himself in an episode where Ari wanted to borrow his G5
    • Chris Penn – played himself. He was boxing and Drama was asking him for money
    • Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein – played himself in an episode where he and Turtle were trying to get limited edition sneakers
    • Stanley DeSantis – played Scott Wick for three episodes
    • Dennis Hopper – played himself

    Will this list grow longer as 2012 moves along into the cosmos?

    If it does, and if it’s at least more younger people kicking the bucket, then maybe… but for now, not really. I was just surprised to see that Chris Penn was on the show. I knew that he had died a sudden and sad death from drugs and weight problems. Then, when I noticed Bruno Kirby guest starring in Season 3, I just had to look into it.

    We shall see! I hope not.

    (Partial) Source Attribution:

    http://media.gunaxin.com/is-entourage-cursed/27664

     
  • John 9:28 am on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hollywood, kidnapping,   

    What Happened to Errol Flynn’s Son? 

    Sean and Dad, in happier times

    On April 6, 1970, while traveling by motorcycle in Cambodia, Sean Flynn and Dana Stone (on assignment for Time magazine and CBS News respectively) were captured by communist guerrillas at a roadblock on Highway One. They were never heard from again and their remains have never been found. Although it is known that they were captured by Vietnamese Communist forces, it has been suggested that they died in the hands of “hostile” forces. Citing various government sources, the current consensus is that he (or they) were held captive for over a year before they were killed by Khmer Rouge in June 1971.

    Flynn’s mother, Lili Damita, spent an enormous amount of money searching for her son, with no success. In 1984 she had him declared legally dead.

    The story of Sean Flynn was immortalized by The Clash in the song “Sean Flynn” from the album Combat Rock. He is a major character in Michael Herr‘sDispatches. He was portrayed by Kevin Dillon in the 1992 Australian mini-series Frankie’s House, based on a book by Flynn’s friend and colleague, photojournalist Tim Page.

    In June 2008, Mythic Films optioned the rights to the Perry Deane Young memoir, Two of the Missing. Young is working on a screenplay with director Ralph Hemecker.

    In March 2010, a British team searching for Flynn’s body thought they had found it, when they uncovered the remains of a Western hostage allegedly executed by the Khmer Rouge. Tests results on the human remains found at the grave site in eastern Kampong Cham province, Cambodia were released on June 30, 2010 and they were found not to be the remains of Sean Flynn. Lt. Col. Wayne Perry of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) said there was no match between DNA from the recovered remains and DNA samples they had on file from the Flynn family.

    A film inspired by his exploits as a photojournalist entitled, The Road to Freedom, was shot on location in Cambodia.

    In the war zone

    Data gleaned from the POW Network:

    Photo journalists Sean Flynn and Dana Stone left Phnom Penh on
    rented Honda motorbikes to find the front lines of fighting in Cambodia.
    Traveling southeast on Route One near a eucalyptus plantation in eastern
    Cambodia, the two men were stopped at a check point at grid coordinates
    XT171209 in Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia, and led away by elements of the
    Viet Cong Tay Ninh Armed Forces and elements of the combined North
    Vietnamese-Viet Cong Ningh Division based in Cambodia.
    On the same day, French journalist Claude Arpin and Japanese correspondents
    Akira Kusaka and Yujiro Takagi arrived by auto at the same location on Route
    1. Details are sketchy regarding these foreign nationals, but by 1988, they
    were still classified as missing.
    Sean Flynn is the son of actor Erroll Flynn. Although Flynn had spent much
    of his life in California and New York, his mother, Lili Loomis, maintained
    homes both in Palm Beach and Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Flynn was on a photo contract
    to Time Magazine, and his friend Dana Stone was on contract to CBS to cover
    American fighting in Cambodia. Both men were "veterans" of combat news.
    Stone attended school in New Hampshire, but his home was in Vermont, where
    his parents resided. He had been in the U.S. Navy at the time of the Bay of
    Pigs incident. Both men frequently travelled with military units on patrol
    and operations. The Marines who knew Dana Stone called him, "Mini-Grunt".
    Information obtained from indigenous sources indicated that Stone and Flynn
    were executed in mid-1971 in Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia.
    Various sources, including an intercepted radio message from COSUN, the Viet
    Cong high command, indicate that Flynn and Stone survived. One source
    reported that he had seen "a group of very long haired, bearded, tall
    prisoners near Minot, Cambodia" who were identified as "imperialist
    journalists". Over the years, meanwhile, there has been occasional word from
    isolated Cambodian villages that someone saw the "movie star" who is being
    held prisoner by the Khmer Rouge.
    Flynn's colleagues have said, "If anyone is equipped to survive...years of
    hardship in the jungle, it's Sean Flynn...he's very much an expert at jungle
    survival."
    Flynn, Stone, Arpin, Kusaka and Takagi are among 22 international
    journalists missing in Southeast Asia, most known to have been captured. For
    several years during the war, the correspondents community rallied and
    publicized the fates of fellow journalists. After a while, they tired of the
    effort, and today these men are forgotten by all but families and friends.
    Tragically, nearly the whole world turns its head while thousands of reports
    continue to flow in that prisoners are still held in Southeast Asia.
    Cambodia offered to return a substantial number of remains of men it says
    are Americans missing in Cambodia (in fact the number offered exceeded the
    number of those officially missing). But the U.S. has no formal diplomatic
    relations with the communist government of Cambodia, and refused to directly
    respond to this offer. Although several U.S. Congressmen offered to travel
    to Cambodia to receive the remains, they have not been permitted to do so by
    the U.S.
    
    Sources:
    Wikipedia
    POW Network. http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/s/s602.htm
    
    
     
  • John 2:05 pm on July 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hoax, hollywood, mcdonald,   

    The Kidnapping of Marie “The Body” McDonald 

    “The Body” is right 😉

    On Jan. 4, 1957, McDonald was found in Indio wearing pajamas and a housecoat and claimed that she had been kidnapped by “two swarthy men” who broke into her home at 17031 Magnolia Blvd.

    Police were immediately suspicious of her story. In the first 15 hours that she was supposedly kidnapped, she placed three calls to friends and none to the police, The Times said. Some words of her alleged abduction note were clipped from newspapers found in her fireplace, the crime lab discovered.

    Her ex-husband Harry Karl, better known as “Karl the Shoe Man,” doubted the story and told The Times that McDonald “was not a well woman” and had behaved eccentrically. Karl also said McDonald was a “ready fighter” and insisted that anyone who tried to carry her off against her will would have “a lively struggle,” The Times said.

    In fact, McDonald at one point accused Karl of arranging the abduction but later admitted she made up that part of the story. After an inconclusive grand jury investigation, the matter was dropped. She died of what was apparently an accidental drug overdose Oct. 21, 1965, at the age of 42.

    Actress Marie McDonald re-enacts her kidnapping in Encino, California, 1957.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
  • John 8:49 am on July 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hollywood, movie star, sex   

    The Sex Appeal of Rudolph Valentino 

    In July 1926, The Chicago Tribune reported that a vending machine dispensing pink talcum powder had appeared in an upscale hotel washroom. An editorial that followed used the story to protest the feminization of American men, and blamed the talcum powder on Valentino and his films. The piece infuriated Valentino and he challenged the writer to a boxing match since dueling was illegal. Neither challenge was answered.

    Shortly afterward, Valentino met with journalist H.L. Mencken for advice on how best to deal with the incident. Mencken advised Valentino to “let the dreadful farce roll along to exhaustion”,but Valentino insisted the editorial was “infamous.” Mencken found Valentino to be likable and gentlemanly and wrote sympathetically of him in an article published in the Baltimore Sun a week after Valentino’s death:

    It was not that trifling Chicago episode that was riding him; it was the whole grotesque futility of his life. Had he achieved, out of nothing, a vast and dizzy success? Then that success was hollow as well as vast—a colossal and preposterous nothing. Was he acclaimed by yelling multitudes? Then every time the multitudes yelled he felt himself blushing inside… The thing, at the start, must have only bewildered him, but in those last days, unless I am a worse psychologist than even the professors of psychology, it was revolting him. Worse, it was making him afraid… Here was a young man who was living daily the dream of millions of other men. Here was one who was catnip to women. Here was one who had wealth and fame. And here was one who was very unhappy.

    After Valentino challenged the Tribune’s anonymous writer to a boxing match, the New York Evening Journal boxing writer, Frank O’Neill, volunteered to fight in his place. Valentino won the bout which took place on the roof of New York’s Ambassador Hotel.

    Boxing heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, who trained Valentino and other Hollywood notables of the era in the art of boxing, said of him “He was the most virile and masculine of men. The women were like flies to a honeypot. He could never shake them off, anywhere he went. What a lovely, lucky guy.”

    Valentino’s sex symbol status and his untimely death was a biographical part in Dos Passos’ 42nd parallel in the U.S.A Trilogy. His title was the Adagio Dancer.

    Source: Wikipedia

     
  • John 1:48 pm on July 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hollywood, hyatt, , rock star   

    “Riot House” – Legend of the Hollywood Hyatt Hotel 

    The Andaz West Hollywood is a 257-room Hyatt hotel located at 8401 Sunset BoulevardWest Hollywood, California (at Kings Road).

    The hotel opened in 1963 as the Gene Autry Hotel. Sold in 1966, it was renamed the Continental Hyatt House. In 1976 it became the Hyatt on Sunset until February 1997 when the hotel was renamed the Hyatt West Hollywood. In January 2009 the hotel was renovated and renamed the Andaz West Hollywood.

    In the late 1960s and 1970s the hotel became the preferred accommodation in Los Angeles for travelingrock bands, due largely to its close proximity to popular clubs such as the Whisky a Go Go. It was during this time that it was given the nickname Riot House on account of the wild antics carried out by band members there, most notably those of English rock groups such as Led ZeppelinThe Who and the Rolling Stones.

    Notable Events at the hotel:

    • Led Zeppelin rented as many as six floors of the hotel in the mid-to-late 1970s for the band members and entourage. Drummer John Bonham was reported to have driven a motorcycle along the hallways (some say it was tour manager Richard Cole). In the film Rock Star, the character Izzy Cole does this.
    • Room 1015 bears the distinction of being where Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards dropped a TV out the window. The Who’s Keith Moon was also reported to have dropped a TV out of one of the hotel’s windows. In the film Rock Star also, the character “A.C.”, played by Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, throws a T.V. off the window in rage, after he is told that his wife ran off with Peter Gabriel.
    • Lemmy wrote the song “Motorhead” on one of the hotel balconies in the middle of the night, using Roy Wood‘s Ovation acoustic guitar.
    • Scenes in the film Almost Famous which depict the hotel were filmed at the actual hotel. Parts of the hotel were refurbished with exactly the same decor as existed there in the 1970s.
    • The scene from Almost Famous in which Russell Hammond cries out, “I am a Golden God!” is a reference to Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant who allegedly said the same thing while looking over Sunset Strip from one of the hotel’s balconies in 1975.
    • The two-part pilot episode of The Rockford Files, Backlash of the Hunter, had a scene where character Sarah Hunter (Lindsay Wagner) lured the killer of her father into room 1426.
    • The end-of-tour party scene in the film This is Spinal Tap was filmed on the roof of the hotel.
    • Slipknot Frontman Corey Taylor attempted suicide by jumping from an eighth floor balcony on November 14, 2003, but was stopped.
    • Little Richard lived in room 319 at the hotel through much of the 1980s and 1990s
    • Jim Morrison lived there until he was reportedly evicted by management for hanging out a window by his fingertips, dangling over the pavement.
    • Warren Zevon references this place in his song “Poor Poor Pitiful Me“.

    Robert Plant, probably imagining all the groupies in L.A.

    The hotel at dusk

     

     

     
    • Every Record Tells A Story 3:55 pm on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I think Plant was saying “I am A Golden God!” in that photo…

      • John 10:39 am on August 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You are correct! That is the famous photo, and incident which lent itself to the movie, Almost Famous.

  • John 10:00 am on July 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cowboys, cryer, gilleys, hollywood, john travolta, mechanical bull, pasadena, , winger   

    Gilley’s Club in Pasadena, Texas (from Urban Cowboy) 

    Gilley’s was a bar/honky tonk founded in 1971 by country singer Mickey Gilley in Pasadena, Texas. It was the central location in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy.

    What Gilley’s looks like now a days

    It was a huge building with a corrugated steel roof that housed multiple bars and mechanical bulls. Connected to the club was a small rodeo arena that would also host both bicycle and motorcycle motocross races on Friday and Saturday nights.

    Sherwood Cryer was the co-owner of Gilley’s; he had many night clubs in Pasadena.

    Gilley’s ceased operations after a falling-out between Gilley and Cryer. In 1989, a fire, attributed to arson, gutted the interior. The rodeo arena and some livestock stalls were the only structures still standing until 2006, when it was demolished by the Pasadena Independent School District, its current owner. Only the old sound recording studio remains, on Spencer Highway.

    On October 2, 2003, Gilley’s was reopened at a new location in Dallas-Fort Worth. The new club features a 26,000-square-foot (2,400 m2) main show room and the original mechanical bull, El Toro, featured in the movie Urban Cowboy. In total, the new club has 91,000 square feet (8,500 m2) of restaurant, entertainment, meeting, and private function space.

    Photo Gallery:

    Is that Glen Campbell? LOL, I don’t think so.

    Main Entrance to Gilley’s. My uncles all hated Gilley’s. “Too many fights” they said.

    Gilley’s touring semi truck.

    Men who put out the fire.

    Classic picture from Gilley’s.

    The dance floor.

    Gilley’s Ultra-Lite. Great advertising!

    Great merchandise!

    Are they related to me? LOL (guy on right was bouncer in the movie Urban Cowboy, he had a few speaking parts)

    Aftermath of the fire.

    You had me at “Hold my beer”.

    Classic. From a by-gone era.

    Cute dad and kid. Date and persons unknown, but a great Polaroid!

     
    • Darcymarie 2:32 pm on April 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Urban cowboy had some absolutely fantastic costume design

    • Darwin Helms 2:15 pm on February 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am looking for pictures of the bull riding around 1983. I rode Bulls there and was looking for pictures!

      • Meseret Hailu 10:21 pm on August 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        thank you friend. truly i wish you all the best luck with your quest.

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