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Hollywood Farm Aid: Reuss Ranch – The Unfinished Symphony

November 29, 2011

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While farming and ranching can often be profitable to land owners, sometimes extra cash is needed. One way to earn money off the land is to promote it as a filming location to film studios. That’s what the Ruess family did with their ranch in the San Fernando Valley near Calabasas and near the Paramount […]

Bronson Canyon–The World’s Stand-in

November 2, 2011

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Best known as the location from which the Batmobile sped out every week in the 1960s in search of villains committing dastardly deeds, Bronson Canyon and its cave has been featured in dozens of movies and television shows because of its craggy, desolate, and remote location, though just minutes above Hollywood on Canyon Drive in Griffith […]

Laurel and Hardy and the Streets of Culver City

October 21, 2011

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Hal Roach Studios loved to shoot all around downtown Culver City, as it was just a few blocks from the studio, located at Washington and National Blvds. In particular, filming crews shooting Charley Chase, “Our Gang” (aka The Little Rascals) and Laurel and Hardy shorts mostly focused on the two short blocks of Main Street, the […]

Hollywood Heights – Studio City Nightlife

October 14, 2011

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(Editor’s note: Film Works is pleased to announce our first guest blogger, Mary Mallory.  Mary works for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a frequent contributor to the Daily Mirror blog, which examines the history of Los Angeles.  Mary’s articles focus on the history of certain locations throughout greater Los Angeles […]