Friday, April 12, 2024

In Your Easter Bonnet, Pt. 2

Easter 2024 has come and gone, but at Daveland, it still lives on. This vintage Disneyland image from the 1950s shows a shop window with three unique hats that look just perfect for the Easter Parade! I have no idea who Robbie Nesbitt Grinnell is; in a rare situation, Google failed me.

To see where this window is located, you need look no further than the Opera House in Town Square. The Summer of 1955 shot below just happens to include the same display window.

The sign and the hats are different, but the window itself matches in every other way.

In this 2012 shot, the same window is still there, but easy to miss because of the awning hanging over it.

Oh, to have some interesting hats available at the Park again!

See more Disneyland Opera House photos at my main website.

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Temple Tuesday: Shirley & Cary

Shirley Temple and Cary Grant co-starred in the 1947 comedy, “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.” I believe this publicity shot was taken outside the Beverly Hills High School where a few of the scenes were filmed. The accompanying caption:

Cary Grant is ridin’ the movie ranger these days in a “hot rod” with the best of the bobby-soxers. It’s the result of an involvement with co-star Shirley Temple in their new RKO Radio film, “The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer.”

By most accounts, Grant liked things the way he liked them, and could sometimes be difficult on set. At one point during filming, he caught Shirley doing an imitation of him for the film crew; he stalked off and complained to producer David O. Selznick, who read the actress the riot act for her unprofessional behavior.  Selznick had Shirley under contract at the time, thus his involvement. Back on the set, Shirley apologized to Grant, who graciously accepted it and replied, “By the way, it was a pretty good imitation.” Below, Grant’s character makes nice with Shirley’s boyfriend in the film, played by Johnny Sands.

Almost forty years later, Shirley appeared at a tribute to Grant staged by the Princess Grace Foundation, due to the close friendship between the Grant (who died in 1986) and Grace Kelly (who died in 1982). Proceeds from the gala event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills went to the Princess Grace Foundation. From the LA Times on July 15, 1988, just a few months before the event:

And this fall comes a tribute to the classic and classy actor that will indeed be one of a kind—an Oct. 19 benefit at the Beverly Hilton for the Princess Grace Foundation U.S.A. Barbara Grant, widow of the actor who died in November, 1986, said that she and his daughter, Jennifer, wanted “only one special tribute to Cary, and due to his close friendship with Princess Grace and her family we decided that the proceeds from the evening should benefit the foundation named in her honor.” Although planning is just getting under way, the committee list for the black-tie gala already reads like a list of Hollywood royalty. First Lady Nancy Reagan and Barbara Grant are honorary co-chairs. Dina Merrill chairs the evening, with co-chairs Merv Griffin, Kirk Kerkorian, Veronique and Gregory Peck, Don and Judy Balaban Quine (who was a member of Princess Grace’s wedding party), Barbara and Frank Sinatra, and Lew and Edie Wasserman. In the audience: Prince Rainier, Prince Albert, Princess Stephanie and, reportedly, if her schedule can be changed, Princess Caroline. Sources say the party will be the debut of the new International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton.

Shirley looked stunning that evening!

The Times spilled more tea on September 14, 1988:

When is a $1,000-a-person benefit ticket worth the price? Try Oct. 19, when the special gala tribute to Cary Grant, benefiting the Princess Grace Foundation U.S.A., brings together the princely family of Monaco with just about every royal persona Hollywood can muster. This evening is unique in many ways--it will be the only tribute Grant’s widow, Barbara, is permitting for the late, beloved actor. And, because there was only one Cary Grant, the evening will have an extraordinary retinue of stars up on stage: James Stewart, Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, Walter Matthau, Roger Moore, Shirley Temple Black, Robert Wagner, Warren Beatty, benefit chair Dina Merrill, Eva Marie Saint, Quincy Jones, Robert Mitchum, John Forsythe, Dean Martin, Michael Caine and, performing, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr. and Henry Mancini, all in a production designed by Jack Haley Jr. and emceed by Merv Griffin highlighting Grant’s films.

In the front row are Frank Sinatra, Merv Griffin, Robert Wagner, Prince Albert II, Princess St├ęphanie, Prince Rainier III, and Henry Mancini. Back row: Michael Caine, Eva Marie Saint, Gregory Peck, Barbara Grant, Unknown, Liza Minnelli, Dina Merrill, and Roger Moore. What a lineup!!

UPI had this to say after the event:

European royalty mingled with Hollywood royalty in tribute to the late sultan of suave, Cary Grant. The Wednesday night gala benefited the Princess Grace Foundation-U.S.A. and Prince Rainier of Monaco and two of his offspring, Princess Stephanie and Prince Albert, attended the black-tie banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Frank Sinatra, Michael Caine, Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Wagner, Roger Moore and Dean Martin were on hand to swap memories of Grant. The entertainment was provided by Sammy Davis Jr. and Liza Minnelli and Merv Griffin, who owns the hotel, was master of ceremonies. Film clips from Grant's long career were shown in addition to taped tributes sent in by President Reagan, Sophia Loren, Walter Matthau and others. The Princess Grace Foundation-U.S.A. raises funds to help aspiring artists in theatre, dance, and film.

Milton Berle puts the moves on Liza and Shirley, with Jack Haley, Jr. on the right (Liza’s husband at the time) and Eva Marie Saint in the background.

I wonder if Shirley did her Grant imitation? I sure would have loved to have seen that! BTW: Shirley seemed even less interested in Berle one year later, when he attempted to have his photo taken with her again. Give it up, Miltie! Actor Stewart Granger is on the right.

See more Shirley Temple photos at my main website.

Monday, April 08, 2024

Traces of Tut

In 1922, a team led by British Egyptologist Howard Carter excavated the tomb of Tutankhamun (aka “Tut”) from the Valley of the Kings. The discovery received worldwide press coverage; with over 5,000 artifacts, it generated a frenzy of public interest in ancient Egypt that spilled over into American Architecture, as witnessed by today’s post. The first shot is from the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego and shows a detail from what was once known as the Egyptian Garage. Built in 1923 at the end of the old East San Diego trolley line, it was one of three Egyptian Revival streetcar electrical substations. It was sold two years later, remodeled, and from 1926 to 1932 was known as the Egyptian Garage, complete with gas pumps in front. I wonder if the attendants dressed as Tut?

Since 1957 it has been the home of Big City Liquor.

A few neighborhoods away is Hillcrest, which also has a number of Egyptian Revival remnants that have survived the years. On Park Boulevard you’ll find the Nile Apartments, complete with stained-glass doors that carry out the Egyptian theme.

Maybe the Pharaoh's Court Apartments from 1928 are more your style.

Across the street is the Egyptian Court Apartment complex, built in 1926 by Paul Carle. Two small shops and two apartment entrances face the street. The building is classic Egyptian Revival Art Deco, with the courtyard pond and garden designed and installed by Milton P. Sessions, nephew of San Diego horticulturist Kate Sessions, the “Mother of Balboa Park.”

The Bush Egyptian Movie Theater opened on June 30, 1926 and was one of San Diego’s original luxury movie houses. Patrons entered past huge columns in an open courtyard lobby. Today, only a portion of the original entrance remains, with a huge condominium now surrounding it. This was one of the theatres that my father went to as a little boy.

No Tut post would be complete without the Steve Martin song from 1978 that addressed the second wave of fame the “Boy King” experienced when his possessions toured around the world.

See more San Diego photos at my main website.