the famous scene where Laurel & Hardy
tried to lug a heavy piano up a really long outdoor staircase to "1127
(Click here to see photos of the Music Box Steps.)
That piano-moving gag may have inspired another classic comic routine nine years later, in the 1941 Three Stooges comedy short "AN ACHE IN EVERY STAKE." In the scene, the Stooges attempt to deliver ice to a lady at the top of the stairs, only to find that by the time they reach the top, the block of ice has melted to the size of an ice cube.
In the classic 1921 silent film, "The Kid," Charlie Chaplin rescues a suicidal heroine trying to throw herself from a bridge. That bridge is still there.
It's the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, CA. The bridge is located on Colorado Blvd (the street where the annual Rose Parade takes place) just west of Orange Grove Blvd.
However, it has come to my attention that the exact location was in dispute. Wikipedia insists that it was shot at a (now-demolished) building at 226 N. Spring Street. But it wasn't. In reality, that former Spring Street building was only used for distant climbing shots, not for the famous dangling-from-the-clock scene.
The best case has been made (and decisively, in my opinion) by John Bengston, who identifies the correct building, with that famous clock, as the L.L. Burns Western Costume Building, at 908 S. Broadway. And he offers irrefutable visual evidence - which you can examine here.
(Great job, John!)
The building still stands, as you can see in this Google StreetView, and is just south of 9th Street, on the east side of Broadway, in downtown L.A.
But there never was a real clock there. While it looked like Lloyd was risking life & limb, in fact the scene was shot from a mock facade placed on the roof of the building, which safely allowed the view of the city in the background while leaving Lloyd only a few feet from the roof.
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