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Motion Pictures The streets of L.A., circa 1936

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  1. Jive-Bomber
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    The streets of L.A., circa 1936


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  2. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
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    Special Ed

    Thanks for taking us along for a ride ... ;)
  3. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
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    Automotive Stud

    Looks like a real free-for-all.
  4. Cool video. Wonder if he had anyone yelling at him for driving down the middle of the road and making everyone pass him in oncoming traffic.:D
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  5. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
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    from California

    must have been in a T, everyone is passing him.
  6. Does anyone know what street that is? It's always fun to play the Google Street View-game with old photos and films.
  7. At the 36 second mark, that looks like the Bendix tower built in '29 I think. If it is it is on Maple Ave.... la0828ax2groinonflickr.jpg
    kidcampbell71 and Special Ed like this.
  8. At the 1:56 mark, that round building to the right is on 9th and Maple.....
  9. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 884


    It's Wilshire Blvd. Google is your friend.

    Creswell Drug Store, 8801 Wilshire Blvd at Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills
  10. Yea, you're right.......
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
  11. I thought it was this.... Capture.PNG
  12. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
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    My dad used to take us for rides to Los Angeles a lot. He went to college in LA from 1934-37 and knew the streets well. The road in the movie was in 1936? So, we were not around then, but my dad was in San Pedro at the time with lots of friends in Los Angeles. It also included his college friends, graduating in 1937. So, his recollection was passed on to my brother and I as we drove all over the downtown area, the Wilshire District (my mom’s favorite area) and all the way out to Santa Monica. My dad loved driving and it probably is the reason I like driving all over, too.

    My mom used to take us to LA on the red car trolley from Long Beach to LA and we used to see the Richfield Building and famous tall tower. In the movie, from :32 to 1:42, there is a tall tower in the background. The scene, I believe, was taken on South Flower Street, near the current Staples Center. That area was not like it is today, (scary) but more of what you see in the old movie.


    Once the movie action continues, there is a curve in the road. Flower Street curves in the Western end of the street and merges into Hope Street. (Currently, the curved street goes right by the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

    The key is that tower that Mike sees in the far left at the beginning. That tower is/was not on Wilshire. It was on South Flower St. The Richfield Tower and Building stood out in all of the LA skyline back then, up until 1968-69 when it was demolished.


    The odd thing is it is a two way street. The street markings are a mystery.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019

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