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November 2008

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Thursday, November 6, 2008 Then and Now

Sunset Boulevard at Westerly Terrace Silverlake, not Hollywood

Black Dog graffiti wall, Sunset Boulevard at Westerly Terrace
Black Dog graffiti wall, Sunset Boulevard at Westerly Terrace

That's now.  Walk one block west to the stairs that connect Vendome Street, at the base of the hill, with Descanso Drive, at the top of the hill, to 923-935 Vendome, near the intersection of Del Monte. There are the Music Box Steps, from the Laurel and Hardy short from 1932, The Music Box.  Pretty much the whole film was the two of them delivering a large piano up these steps but yes, the movie had an actual plot of sorts. The film won the first Academy Award for Live Action Short Film (Comedy) in 1932, and the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Here are some stills - directed by James Parrott, produced by Hal Roach and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The steps are still there.

Music Box Steps, from the Laurel and Hardy short from 1932, The Music Box
Music Box Steps, from the Laurel and Hardy short from 1932, The Music Box
Music Box Steps, from the Laurel and Hardy short from 1932, The Music Box

But things change. Across the street, the usual graffiti, at the motorcycle shop

Graffiti wall at motorcycle shop, Sunset Boulevard at Vendome Street, in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles

But the neighborhood does offer you the sun, the moon and the stars or at least one star

Moon-Sun plaque on brick wall, Sunset Boulevard at Vendome Street
Moon-Sun plaque on brick wall, Sunset Boulevard at Vendome Street

Actually, you might not be welcome here.

Black Dog graffiti wall, Sunset Boulevard at Westerly Terrace
Black Dog graffiti wall, Sunset Boulevard at Westerly Terrace

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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