Tuesday, October 30, 2007 – Studio Colors
One more stab and getting the color of Hollywood right – down in the flats around Hollywood Center Studios, Santa Monica Boulevard, the stretch between Las Palmas and Vine.
Green with shadows – and try not to think about the 1944 movie –
Two soldiers on sick leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before going back to active duty. With a little friendly help from John Garfield, Slim gets to kiss Joan Leslie, who he has been dreaming about while in the Pacific. He meets her later at the Farmer's Market. On the third night, Slim is the millionth man into the Canteen, earning him a date with Joan. Slim thinks he's been duped when she doesn't show up at his train. Slim's buddy, Sergeant, dances with Joan Crawford. Canteen President Bette Davis praises the canteen and the war effort. Virtually everyone Warners could spare entertains.
On the other hand this is the actual place, at 1006 Seward Street, now a restaurant and club, with a noisy website with a nod to its history. Joan Leslie isn't here. She's eighty-two and left town long ago.