Thursday, June 21, 2018

Chicken of the Sea Bonanza



Just another quickie...my life is nothing but quickies these days. This undated 1950s shot is a unique view taken from the entrance of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant, looking back towards the Fantasyland Skyway Station.

Although the menu is too blurry to read very easily, it is interesting to see this closeup of Captain Hook's hook...



which is still being used today, in the line queue of Peter Pan's Flight:



Just for good measure, here's a 1956 shot featuring the Chicken of the Sea mermaid:



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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Town Square, 1956



Three vintage 1956 images showing Town Square and Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland. First up is the Fire Department and Bekins Storage.

Curtains are closed; wonder if Walt's in there?



A closeup of the horse-head above Bekins:



Here's the surrey with the fringe on top that you've heard so much about:



Check out those balloons!



The C.K. Holliday is ready for another spin around the Park:



Last one from this batch shows the Horseless Carriage on Main Street:



Rudolph Valentino is playing at the Main Street Cinema:



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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Temple Tuesday: Teen Temple



For Shirley's 16th birthday, co-star Monty Woolley decided to give her a gag gift. From the publicity blurb:

Monty Woolley presented Shirley Temple with this appropriate volume when she celebrated her 16th birthday anniversary on the set of Vanguard's "I'll Be Seeing You." Monty and Shirley recently appeared together in Selznick's "Since You Went Away."



The gag was on Woolley, though. Will Rogers already did so back in 1935:



Here's another previously posted shot from Shirley's 16th, as she smells some perfume from her stand-in and friend, Mary Lou Isleib:



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Monday, June 11, 2018

At the Horseshoe, circa 1956



Here are three vintage images from 1956 of Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Saloon. The first one shows the exterior sign. Interesting to note that the male cast members are named, but not the female, who would have been Betty Taylor at the time (having replaced the original Slue Foot Sue, Judy Marsh).

Next up (and of course in sequential order!) are the GH Can Can Girls!



Final shot from the trio shows tenor Donald Novis and Wally Boag:



A closeup of the two featured players:



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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Behind the Pillow



Here are a few vintage black and white shots showing Rock Hudson behind-the-scenes of the 1959 romantic comedy classic "Pillow Talk." Unfortunately, no Doris Day in any of these negatives that I just acquired! Here's the star at his dressing room. I knew someone would want to see a closeup of the nameplate.



No, these guys aren't in a mancave. Most likely they're checking out the daily rushes in a studio screening room.



Can't watch the rushes without a cig.



Rock gets walked back to his dressing room. If only the license plate was visible!



Escorted right to the front door. Michael Gordon is quite the gentleman (thanks David at http://gorillasdontblog.blogspot.com/ for the ID!).



Doesn't look like Rock wants him to come in though.



"How do I get rid of this guy?!?"



Finally alone, Rock heads out for the evening.



Here are some actual on-set shots. The set-up: Doris Day's housekeeper (expertly played by Thelma Ritter) gets Rock's character stinking drunk while giving him advice on how to get Doris back.



The next day, the hangover hurts real bad.



Tony Randall, playing Rock's best friend, offers a hangover cure...and a bit of gloating that Rock has "lost" the girl. We all know that won't last for long.



Rock is up in the rafters looking at the set below:



Director Michael Gordon just doesn't take a hint. Is it the hangover making Rock upset or the Director who won't go away?



Rock looks even less thrilled about having to dine with him in the Studio Commissary.



Sorry, no clue as to what he is eating.



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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Temple Tuesday: Singing in the Window



In this behind-the-scenes publicity shot, you can see how Fox created closeups of their #1 Box Office Star Shirley Temple for her 1935 movie "The Littlest Rebel." Here's the accompanying publicity blurb:

ONE-TAKE TEMPLE — Shirley rehearses her song, "Polly Wolly Doodle: before making a scene at the barred windows of a military prison with John Boles, in her new Darryl F. Zanuck production of "The Littlest Rebel," for 20th Century-Fox.

And here's how it looked to audiences on screen from the other angle as she talks to her movie dad played by John Boles:



Have no fear; he got out of prison by movie's end. Can't have Shirley's dad being a jailbird!

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Monday, June 04, 2018

Dancing in Grand Central Station



I was slightly apprehensive when Julius Rubio (one of the ensemble dancers from "The Greatest Showman") suggested we shoot in Grand Central Station. The name of that building always represented complete chaos to me, which is not exactly how I like to work. Still, the idea intrigued me.



Beautiful architecture, plenty of details...



Zodiac murals, historic light fixtures...



OK, I'm game. Let's give it a try.



One should always warm up first to avoid injury.



The pose...



and then the leap.



I cropped out the mess of gawkers. This is not something you typically see here as people rush to catch their trains.

Today celebrates the 12 year anniversary of when I first started this blog. That's a lot of gray hair and wrinkles. Thanks to all who have enjoyed the journey with me.

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Friday, June 01, 2018

Viewliner on a Friday



Despite being just about the shortest lived attraction at Disneyland (1957-1958), I really dig the Viewliner. This recently acquired duo screamed my name when I stumbled upon them. ESPECIALLY because of this second shot which shows the Fantasyland Viewliner parked inside while the C.K. Holliday roars ahead.



Also note the "docked" yellow Motor Boat from the nearby Fantasyland Motor Boat Cruise!



R.I.P., dear Viewliner.

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