Friday, February 12, 2016

Arizona Stagecoach



The Stagecoaches at Disneyland had an approximate five year run at the Park, beginning in 1955. This lovely young guest poses before the Arizona Coach. A detailed view of the artwork on the door:



This undated view is from approximately 1956…or so.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Formosa Gets Revamped



The Formosa Cafe is an historic Hollywood hangout that has been around since 1925. In Hollywood, that's the equivalent of 200 years or more on the East Coast. Sinatra, Monroe, Bogie, Gable…they all had a few libations here whenever they were finished filming at the studios. There's a lot of history in this place; or at least there was.

One of my favorite quirky films, "Still Breathing," had a few key scenes shot at the Formosa:



Here's a vintage shot of me hanging at the Formosa.



This place used to be dark. Even the glow of this light didn't brighten the place much. No complaints here; it's called atmosphere.



I LOVED this mural that was in one of the back rooms.



On my most recent trip to Hollywood, I had to stop by.



No longer dark, no longer atmospheric.



With a little snooping around the net, I found out that the place had been gutted. An uproar from the regulars caused the owners to decide to restore it to its former glory. I'd say it still has a long way to go. How do you restore atmosphere?!?

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Behind the scenes Lucy



One of my very favorite "I Love Lucy" episodes is "Hollywood At Last," first shown on February 7, 1955. The Ricardos and Mertz's arrive in Hollywood, and Lucy can't wait to see some celebrities. Lunch at the famed Brown Derby seems like the perfect place until the eager Lucy causes a ruckus with William Holden.



Here's a shot from between takes of the Brown Derby scene, showing Holden, Lucille Ball, and Eve Arden, who has a very funny cameo as herself. Based on the background, I would have to say that my question of whether this scene was actually shot at the Derby itself or on a soundstage is finally settled.

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