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Monday, April 23, 2007 - An Odd Hollywood Tour

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Sign on brick wall, Sunset and Wilcox, above Club Lingerie

Camera ready?

Two man film crew, Hollywood Boulevard

This seems to be John Barrymore on Hollywood Boulevard!  No, he's dead, and so it the tree.

John Barrymore graphic on roll-up door, Hollywood Boulevard

John Barrymore and Nat King Cole - together at last.

John Barrymore graphic on roll-up door, Hollywood Boulevard

Shall we take the Caddy?

Fifties Cadillac for sale, Sunset Boulevard

No, let's take the Hollywood Liberal-Mobile.

VW "Thing" with political graphics, Hollywood
VW "Thing" with political graphics, Hollywood

But why this yellow "thing" parked at the old Hollywood Athletic Club (6525 Sunset Boulevard), now Social, the hottest club in Hollywood (always full of young stars - the downstairs bar and restaurant are open to the public, but upstairs is strictly members-only)?


In the old days -

  • Johnny Weismuller trained in the pool here for his "Tarzan" films.
  • Actor Cornel Wilde started out here as a fencing instructor.
  • Dick Powell reportedly brought the corpse of John Barrymore here for "one last drink." [see above]
  • John Wayne tossed billiard balls from the roof at passing cars below.
  • According to the Los Angeles Times, Jean Harlow once showed up at the club after she was stood up by Errol Flynn - clad only in a fur coat.
Social Hollywood - west wall

Speaking of being social… and dividing words at just the wrong place…

Billboard, Sunset Boulevard

Sunglasses are pretty much required, Ray-Bans like Tom Cruise wears, although on Hollywood Boulevard someone messed with the Ray-Ban poster.

Defaced Ray-Ban poster, Hollywood Boulevard

Hungry?  We can deal with that.

Skooby's, Hollywood Boulevard
Ketchup is the trendy new restaurant at Sunset Plaza

The hot dog stand is Skooby's, Hollywood Boulevard, and Ketchup is the trendy new restaurant at Sunset Plaza.

But it is time to go.

Rear exit to alley, restaurant in West Hollywood

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

[The Odd Tour]

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