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Name the starlets!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 21st, 2010
2010
Dec 21

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

From Hollywood!

 

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HOW MANY STARLETS (AND SANTA) CAN YOU IDENTIFY IN THE ABOVE PHOTO ENTERTAINING SERVICEMEN AT THE HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN ON DECEMBER 27, 1943?

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Okay, how many did you guess. Most everyone recognized Shelly Winters but what about the rest. Here they are:
Christmas was held at the Hollywood Canteen with Santa giving gifts to each serviceman attending. Group photo taken of starlets Shelly Winters, Lynn Merrick, Maxine Fife, Leslie Brooks, Santa Claus (Eddie Cantor), and some of the servicemen at the Canteen Christmas celebration.
Photo dated: December 27, 1943.

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Charlie Chaplin Film Set?

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 21st, 2009
2009
Apr 21

HOLLYWOOD MYSTERY

Chaplin’s French Movie Set?

 

French Village Apartments

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
April 21, 2009

 

Is it possible that this quaint apartment complex that resembles a French village could have been built by film comedian Charlie Chaplin as a set for one of his films? That is what Hollywood legend says.

 

The legend actually has some points in its favor. The apartments are located at 1330 N. Formosa Avenue in Hollywood, which is only two blocks from the former Chaplin Studios.  

 

Another fact in the lore’s favor is that Chaplin directed the film, A Woman of Paris starring Edna Purviance in 1923 – the same year the apartments were built. Could he have built it for that film or is it just a coincidence? I viewed the DVD of A Woman of Paris the other day, but unfortunately I could not find anything that resembled these buildings. If anyone has access to this film, please view it and compare the photos.

 

So the legend remains — but perhaps someone out there knows the real story of these buildings (if you have the facts, let me know). Were they built by Chaplin for A Woman of Paris – or for any of his films? Whatever the truth, the buildings are an outstanding example of the unique architecture in the heart of Hollywood that hopefully will remain as they are for many years to come.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This a a private residence so please do not disturb the occupants.

 

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 Did Chaplin build this French village street for one of his films? 

 

 

 

 

 

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