Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Raquel and Farrah at The Chateau Marmont

I acquired two vintage "Myra Breckenridge" stills from Israel. Why would I want those from one of the most wacky movies in Hollywood history? Because this scene was filmed at the Chateau Marmont! If you still don't know why, then you obviously have not been reading my blog for very long. OBSESSED.

Here are Rex Reed, Farrah Fawcett, and Raquel Welch in Room 64 at The Chateau, aka the Howard Hughes Penthouse Suite. Here's a contemporary view of the same area:

I am guessing this vintage poster for "Hangover Square" was not part of the Chateau's decor, but rather a plug for Myra's studio, 20th Century Fox.

What the poster looks like in full color:

I am still not sure if the bedroom scenes were filmed at a studio or at the Chateau. If actually filmed on location, then I am cringing at the choice of headboard:

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Miami Monday: The Colony

From the outside, The Colony Hotel stands out on Miami's famous Ocean Drive. Its vintage art deco neon sign is a showstopper (despite a few letters not being on). The interior leaves a tad bit to be desired. In other words, once you enter the front doors, the show is pretty much over.

The art deco style is still visible in the lobby, but there is no "wow" factor that would draw you to the check-in desk. In fact, because I arrived so early in the morning and cleaning was going on, I had a difficult time figuring out where I was supposed to go. The place looked like a storage facility with chairs stacked all over.

In defense of the hotel, the space is small, and they do a pretty good job of utilizing it as best as they can. Love the vintage elevator that is still in service. However, I chose the stairs after my first slow ride up to the third floor.

My standard hallway shot:

The room itself was fantastic. Spacious with a gorgeous view of the ocean and Ocean Drive.

Bathroom was a bit small but definitely functional...once I figured out that the toilet paper holder was BEHIND the door and that the hot water was really the cold water and vice versa. All good.

The restaurant at the hotel was out front, called The Columbus. Definitely serviceable, but the main focus is getting patrons to buy the drinks. The wait staff was very good at drawing people off the street to sit in the shade with a great view of Ocean Drive.

What you typically see on Ocean Drive during the day:

And what you typically see from the hotel at night:

For location, friendly staff, and a well-appointed room, check out the Colony Hotel.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Palm Springs Weekend

This April 1962 vintage image shows the Riviera Hotel, back when it was home to the Rat Pack. And no...I'm not talking about vermin. It was also used as the outdoor location for the 1963 film "Palm Springs Weekend," starring Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens.

According to Troy Donahue, who was also in the film, what happened off-camera was a lot crazier than what happened on-screen: "I was there to drink and get laid."

The pool scenes were shot at the Riveria. Here are Donahue, Jerry Van Dyke, and Stephanie Powers:

Flash forward to today, and the Riviera has two pools:

Unfortunately, Robert and Connie are nowhere to be seen.

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