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“Do Not Open While Red Lights Are On – Vitaphoning” On the Warner Brothers Studios lot, 1937

I’d say someone on the Warner Bros. lot had a sense of humor. The sign on this soundstage door reads “Do Not Open While Red Lights Are On – Vitaphoning.” Vitaphone was the sound recording system developed by Warner Bros. … Continue reading

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Selznick International Pictures, Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California, 1935

In 1935, David O. Selznick broke away from MGM by forming Selznick International Pictures, and moving into what was then RKO-Pathé. This photo shows us how it looked the year he moved in and is similar to the shot we … Continue reading

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Xanadu backdrop in “Citizen Kane” (1941)

As you may have gathered from the title of my third novel, Citizen Hollywood, I’m a big fan of “Citizen Kane” (1941) – not just the movie itself, but the drama surrounding the production. I’ve always wondered about the real … Continue reading

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The Munchkin cast for MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” leaves Times Square, November 5, 1938

Movie history in the making! On November 5, 1938, 28 of the Munchkin cast of “The Wizard of Oz” left Times Square in New York on a chartered bus for Culver City. Naturally MGM couldn’t waste a publicity opportunity so … Continue reading

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Interior set of Rick’s Café Américain on the set of “Casablanca” (1942)

This is a production still of one of my favorite sets from one of my favorite movies: Rick’s Café Américain from “Casablanca” (1942). I love how those two lights at the top of the photo cast those frond-like shadows against … Continue reading

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Busby Berkeley directs Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in MGM’s “Girl Crazy” (1943).

I love finding production photos like these. In this one we see Busby Berkeley directing Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in the “I Got Rhythm” number from MGM’s “Girl Crazy” (1943) This number required so many performers that there seems … Continue reading

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Production shot from Warner Bros.’ “Gold Is Where You Find It” (1938)

In this shot, we can see the effort it takes to shoot a scene in a movie. This is a production shot of Warner Bros. “Gold Is Where You Find It” (1938) which starred George Brent, Olivia de Havilland, and … Continue reading

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Universal International Studios billboards on Lankershim Blvd, Universal City, June 1961

June 1961 was the start of a big summer for Universal Studios. Although it had opened in October 1960, “Spartacus” was still big enough to warrant double billboard space outside their studios on Lankershim Blvd in Universal City. Kirk Douglas … Continue reading

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French village built at RKO’s Encino Ranch around 1939 for the studio’s version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” – circa 1954

It’s amazing what movie studios will construct for a movie. This is the French village built at RKO’s Encino Ranch around 1939 for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” This photo was taken 15 years later in 1954 and it still … Continue reading

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Arial shot of the Frankenstein Village, Universal Studios backlot, circa early 1930s

When viewed from above and behind, the Frankenstein Village on the Universal Studios backlot doesn’t seem so scary. Then again, I don’t have a grunting flat-topped, seven-foot Boris Karloff chasing me down or throwing me into the village lake, do … Continue reading

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