Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Newsreel of Hollywood in 1920s

Here's a cool newsreel of Los Angeles in the 1920s. Watch the video for early glimpses of LA landmarks such as the Chinese Theater, the Mack Sennet studio in Studio City, the Wilshire Brown Derby, and Cafe Montmartre as well as other great shots.


VP81955 said...

Great stuff -- I'm guessing this was filmed in 1928, because according to IMDb, "Interference" (the film being premiered) opened in Los Angeles on Nov. 5 of that year. (But did I miss William Powell?)

Liked the song, too; what's its title and who is it by?

Bill said...

Nice post. I really enjoyed the video and the old style music. I would love to have some of those cars. Does the Hollywood Bowl still have the cross in the background? Who were some of the stars at the end?

A said...

Absolutely loved it! Thank you for putting this gem on your site.

Anonymous said...

oh maaan, Robby, wherever did you find this? This truly was a treat--I particularly loved the pre-Frank Lloyd Wright Hollywood Bowl and the Montmartre Cafe--possibly my favorite lost Hollywood landmark. Do you happen to know exactly where the Montmartre was? I think it was near Hollywood & Highland for some reason, but I'm not sure exactly where.

(Oh, and what a very *pleasant* surprise to see a very dapper, very young Gary Cooper at the end of the newsreel!!)

Robby Cress said...


According to the original poster the song is "Hollywood Stomp" by Victoria Spivey. It reall is a great song isn't?


I too would love to have some of thos cars! As for the Hollywood Bowl, no, the cross is no longer there.


The Montmartre was located at 6755 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of the Hollywood & Highland complex. I agree, my favorite clips are the Hollywood Bowl and the shots of the Montmartre Cafe. It's amazing how simple the Hollywood Bowl looked back then.

Unknown said...

I was hoping the filming continued past the Monmarte and across Highland, then we would have seen some historic footage of the Hollywood Hotel. The Hollywood Hotel was the first major Hotel to be built on the Boulevard. Most of the major movie stars and producers from the silent and early talkies stayed there.


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