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If you happen to be wandering around the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, you may notice Stage 16 seems a bit different. It has these buttresses around the entire base, and it’s taller than all the other stages. Why this is is one of my favorite Old Hollywood stories.
In 1936, Warners was developing a starring vehicle for Marion Davies called Cain and Mabel, with Clark Gable to co-star. Hollywood was known for big, showy sets and musical numbers in those days, but Marion’s then-boyfriend wanted her to have the biggest, most grandest of them all.
Also, Marion’s boyfriend was a gentleman named William Randolph Hearst, the uber-rich newspaper man (also, let’s replace “boyfriend” with “sugar daddy”). So he paid to have Stage 16 raised 30 feet, making it one of the tallest soundstages in the world. And raise it they did….. from the bottom. They literally removed the lower walls, and jacked up the foundation, a little at a time, adding bricks when there was enough room. Sounds iffy in regards to workplace safety, but hey, it was the Depression.
Cain and Mabel was a flop, and Davies only made one more picture. But still today, Stage 16 stands tall above all the rest at Warner Brothers. Since then, countless films have taken advantage of the giant set. The pirate ship from The Goonies was in there, as were parts of Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Inception, The Big Sleep, and The Music Man.

If you happen to be wandering around the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, you may notice Stage 16 seems a bit different. It has these buttresses around the entire base, and it’s taller than all the other stages. Why this is is one of my favorite Old Hollywood stories.

In 1936, Warners was developing a starring vehicle for Marion Davies called Cain and Mabel, with Clark Gable to co-star. Hollywood was known for big, showy sets and musical numbers in those days, but Marion’s then-boyfriend wanted her to have the biggest, most grandest of them all.

Also, Marion’s boyfriend was a gentleman named William Randolph Hearst, the uber-rich newspaper man (also, let’s replace “boyfriend” with “sugar daddy”). So he paid to have Stage 16 raised 30 feet, making it one of the tallest soundstages in the world. And raise it they did….. from the bottom. They literally removed the lower walls, and jacked up the foundation, a little at a time, adding bricks when there was enough room. Sounds iffy in regards to workplace safety, but hey, it was the Depression.

Cain and Mabel was a flop, and Davies only made one more picture. But still today, Stage 16 stands tall above all the rest at Warner Brothers. Since then, countless films have taken advantage of the giant set. The pirate ship from The Goonies was in there, as were parts of Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Inception, The Big Sleep, and The Music Man.

03:32 pm, by frants3 notes Comments

In honor of the great man announcing his retirement, here’s the time I was on Letterman.

Yes, it was planned.

12:10 pm, by frants1 note Comments

A great little animated short featuring a ghost who really wants to tap dance to Moses Supposes.

10:43 am, by frants Comments



What a fantastic idea. This Disney boxed set NINE OLD MEN contains flipbooks, each of which pays tribute to the studios nine original animators.

What a fantastic idea. This Disney boxed set NINE OLD MEN contains flipbooks, each of which pays tribute to the studios nine original animators.

06:29 pm, by frants Comments

9filmframes:

Song & Dance & Color & Love

Singin’ in the Rain


That first big flash mob, a T-Mobile ad from about 10 years ago, still gets me. You may not realize that, in my humble opinion, the secret of life lies within:

Just f*&king make someone smile, just a little, when they least expect it. Do this every day.

Give them a happy story to tell. That’s what we’re supposed to be doing.

11:46 pm, by frants1 note Comments



criterioncast:


A taste of the new Hoop Dreams restoration, from Kartemquin.

“Left: Hoop Dreams, 2014 restoration. Right: Hoop Dreams, original 1994 release.”

criterioncast:

A taste of the new Hoop Dreams restoration, from Kartemquin.

“Left: Hoop Dreams, 2014 restoration. Right: Hoop Dreams, original 1994 release.”


You may have heard some science-y stuff on the tubes this week about gravitational waves and the ‘smoking gun’ proving the Big Bang happened. Maybe that makes sense to you, maybe it doesn’t.

But watching the moment when the scientist, whose life’s work is this very subject, is informed that he was right is magical.

More from kottke.

12:26 pm, by frants Comments

barbarastanwyck:

Studio Era Meme (dramas 3/5)

Baby Face (1933)

Probably my favorite Pre-Code film. 


Rest in Peace, Dr. Spengler.

Rest in Peace, Dr. Spengler.

12:56 pm, by frants Comments

Sweet Child O’ Mine + Prohibition Era jazz = yes please.

08:33 pm, by frants Comments

I love these posters of film interiors by artist Frederico Babina. These and more are available for sale.

03:30 pm, by frants Comments

This South African spot is just stellar…. too bad it’s for a whiskey.

12:25 pm, by frants Comments

barbarastanwyck:

Ball of Fire (1941)

Why, it’s my Old Hollywood girlfriend!




Great article on Art of the Title: B-Movie Title Design of the 1940s & 1950s.

Great article on Art of the Title: B-Movie Title Design of the 1940s & 1950s.

11:22 am, by frants Comments