Frank Oklesson, visiting from Georgia, stands on top of a hill near Wander View and Aspen Oak Lane. Below him is a 1985 view of Glendale as well as the downtown Los Angeles skyline in the distance. (Photographer: Mike Sergieff / LAPL 00043662 ) Bizarre Los Angeles.

Los Angeles in the 1980s

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Frank Oklesson, visiting from Georgia, stands on top of a hill near Wander View and Aspen Oak Lane. Below him is a 1985 view of Glendale as well as the downtown Los Angeles skyline in the distance. (Photographer: Mike Sergieff / LAPL 00043662 )   Bizarre Los Angeles Collection: “Los Angeles in Dangerous to Your […]

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Los Angeles Athletic Club

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The Los Angeles Athletic Club, designed by architects John Parkinson and Edwin Bergstrom, was nicknamed “the Club” shortly after it opened in 1912. Its address is 431 West Seventh Street. According to Photoplay Magazine, the Los Angeles Athletic Club quickly became the “capital of the screen rialto – the Lambs, Players and Friars rolled into one.” […]

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James Kirkwood – photos and quotes

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“I directed the first Klaw and Erlanger-Biograph picture ever put on, ‘Classmates.’ The first Famous Players’ picture that I directed was ‘The Eagle’s Mate,’ in which I played the lead opposite Mary Pickford.” — James Kirkwood Source: Pearl Gaddis (1915)   “Well, of course, any director prefers a plastic actor. But it makes no difference […]

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Lottie Pickford

Lottie Pickford – photos and quotes

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“Last January I came out to California with Mary and the Famous Players. I like the work in Los Angeles, but I knew there was no chance of getting very far with that company as long as they were featuring Mary. One Pickford at a time is enough for any company to feature; so the […]

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Andy Gump's Hot Dog 'Dump'

Andy Gump’s Hot Dog ‘Dump’

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Wife Fades Out of Andy Gump’s Hot Dog ‘Dump’ Los Angeles Times, February 18, 1927  Marian G. Turner, by decree of Judge Summerfield, is out of “Andy Gump’s Dump” in El Monte. She passed out yesterday at the same time that Beryl R. Turner passed out of her life. Mrs. Turner was awarded a decree […]

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Lawrence Tibbett

Lawrence Tibbett

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“I will always sing a beautiful tone if I can but I will guarantee a vital tone.” — Lawrence Tibbett   Co-starring with Lupe Vélez in Cuban Love Song (1931). 2

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Gene Kelly Jerry Anchors Aweigh 1945

Gene Kelly – Photos and Quotes

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“Kids talk to me and say they want to do musicals again because they’ve studied the tapes of the old films. We didn’t have that. We thought once we had made it, even on film, it was gone except for the archives.”— Gene Kelly   “You know, that Kelly, he’s just terrific. That’s all there […]

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Vogue Bowl

Women’s Bowling Congress Tournament – Vogue Bowl – 1941

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A team of models participate in the 20-day Women’s Bowling Congress Tournament held at Vogue Bowl, once located on the corner of Grand and 9th Streets. The Vogue was a popular place for women keglers. Photo, circa 1941. Left to right: June Davis, Virginia Buchanan, Barbara Bitticks, Alice Gifford, Helen Cornelius, and Sharon Gormly. (LAPL: 00045252) […]

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Neighborhood Ghost

Haunted: Genesee’s “Neighborhood Ghost”

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Allegedly haunted: Private residence on Genesee Ave. The following is a partially transcribed ghost story told to me by a couple, Willis and CC, during a taped interview. Not only did I change the couple’s names to protect their identity, but I also edited the transcript so that their ghost story is more focused and easier to understand. […]

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Phyllis Crane

Phyllis Crane – 1930s Film Player

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Phyllis Crane (1914-1982) was a low-level contract player who’s best known for her appearances in a handful of Columbia comedy shorts. Mini Bio Crane was born in Calgary, Canada. As a youngster, she started out in vaudeville. Sometime in the late 1920s, she and her mother, Margaret, moved to Los Angeles. In 1928, Crane made her film debut […]

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