We’ve mentioned before that our Larchmont area was a frequent filming location in the early days of Hollywood (as it remains today), but it’s always fun to discover other old films shot in familiar spots. A few days ago, reader Chris Hoch shared a link he found on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2_fFHFZWrEY It’s a “then and now” comparison, by Chris Bungo, of the location of a scene from the 1936 Three Stooges’ film, “False Alarms,” which was shot at the intersection of N. Larchmont Blvd. and Melrose Ave. According to the Wikipedia page for the movie, the Carl X Folsom Modern Motor Service at 200 N. Larchmont Blvd. also makes an appearance in the film…as does Larchmont’s former rail line. According to the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society, ” the boys drive a new 1936 FORD coupe at a high rate of speed up Larchmont, all the while darting back and forth between the trolley wire poles, ending in a crash.” The website also has a neat still photo from the movie.
And, of course, this wasn’t the only film shot in the area. A bit more poking around shows that the northern end of the same 200 block of N. Larchmont where Mr. Folsom once plied his trade is also seen about 35 years later in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?,” starring Bette Davis…along with several other neighborhood locations.
Hmmm…wonder if either of these ever showed at the old Larchmont Theater,formerly located at 155 N. Larchmont?