Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
the scene in the original black & white version of "THE INVASION
OF THE BODY SNATCHERS" (1956)
where the hero and heroine watch the giant pods being unloaded from trucks
in the town square?
Well, that was actually the town square of Sierra Madre,
CA., a small town just north of Santa Anita race track (and
just northeast of Pasadena). The town square is located at the intersection
of Baldwin Avenue and Sierra Madre Blvd.
certainly remember the scene where Humphrey Bogart
& Katharine Hepburn
trekked through leech-infested waters in 1951's "THE AFRICAN
QUEEN." That, and may other Hollywood scenes were filmed
at the lagoon inside the Los Angeles State &County Arboretum in Arcadia (301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia).
Since 1936 (when it was the location for "TARZAN ESCAPES")
the park's lagoon (known as Baldwin Lake) and its nearby prehistoric jungle
garden have been used in over 100 movies over the years, including the
1997 horror film "ANACONDA,"
"MATILDA" (with Danny
DeVito), Disney's 1998 version of "THE JUNGLE BOOK:
Mowgli's Story," eight "TARZAN"
films, 1940's "SAFARI" (with
Douglas Fairbanks), 1946's non-musical
version of "The King & I" : "ANNA & THE KING OF SIAM"
(with Rex Harrison & Irene
Dunne), the Hitchcock thriller "NOTORIOUS" (with
Cary Grant), the classic miniseries
Hope & Bing Crosby's
"THE ROAD TO SINGAPORE"...
even once scene from "THE LOST WORLD:
(The Arboretum is located across the street from the Santa Anita Race Track,
and not far south from the "Bodysnatcher's" site
In the 1950 classic "SUNSET
BLVD.," William Holden's
character, 'Joe Gillis', lived in a simple Hollywood apartment building,
before he made the mistake of moving into the dreary Sunset Boulevard mansion
of fading screen star, Norma Desmond. That apartment building is actually
the Alto-Nido apartments, and it can
still be found at 1851 N. Ivar Street (between Yucca Street and Franklin
Avenue) in Hollywood, just one block northwest of Hollywood & Vine,
and just north of the landmark Knickerbocker
Hotel. It was once owned by actress Marie Dressler ("Tugboat
This apartment building is also supposedly one of the places Elizabeth
Short, "The Black Dahlia", lived before her brutal
murder. Hence, it was used in the 2006 movie, "The
In that same movie, "SUNSET BOULEVARD,"
ornate, wrought iron entry gate is featured in a key scene where 'Norma Desmond'
(Gloria Swanson) makes a dramatic
return to the studio, driving through the arch in her classic automobile.
From Melrose Avenue, in Hollywood,
just look north up Bronson Avenue.
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