Notre Dame cathedral mock up on the RKO Encino Lot, 1939

Notre Dame cathedral mock up on the RKO Encino Lot, 1939It never ceases to amaze me the work that goes into the making of a movie, and the level of detail the designers work with. This is the Notre Dame set for the 1939 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara. It was filmed at RKO but they needed more space for this set so it was build at the RKO Encino Ranch at Balboa Boulevard & Burbank Boulevard in Encino in the San Fernando Valley, where the golf course is now. (One story I’ve read is that during the making of this movie, Laughton would go to the Garden of Allah during his lunch breaks and stand in the pool to keep cool under his suffocating Quasimodo makeup.)

Hunchback of Notre Dame set

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