HOOD – Laurel & Hardy’s Culver City

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qkv9ZbmMAk[/youtube] “Many scenes in the Hal Roach comedies were shot on the streets of Culver City. The brilliant designer and pop culture historian Piet Schreuders creates a computer model of Culver City as it looked in the 20’s – and matches-in scenes from Laurel and Hardy comedies that were shot on site.”

I saw this a few years ago and it just blew me away. The amount of loving and precise effort this one man put into matching up the scenery is so impressive. Unfortunately, some of it isn’t subtitled, but it doesn’t really matter.

For a 13-page PDF of background about this clip, click here.

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7 Responses to “HOOD – Laurel & Hardy’s Culver City”

  1. Mara New says:

    What a clever way to show a piece of history. I totally enjoyed it.
    Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Catherine Hodge Smith says:

    This video clip is terrific. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Mark says:

    In the Adams Square area of Glendale. (near Acaia and Chevey Chase) there is (or was) this very long set of stairs going up a hillside kind of into Eaglerock, A scene in a Laurel and Hardy movie was shot at the bottom of these stairs.

  4. Bob House says:

    Very nice work. Also in the neighborhood and not to be missed is the fairy tale cottage on Dunn Ave., just south of Venice.

  5. Nikko says:

    this is great. Enjoyed it a lot. Props to the person/persons who made it happen.

  6. JT says:

    Thank you very much for sharing your work. I grew up in Culver City, 3 blocks away from MGM. Myself and my brothers always enjoyed riding our bikes thru the town and seeing the places that they had shot decades ago.

    Here is wee bit more movie history. At 4:20, the 2 story building across the street (it was apartments when I was growing up) is now a parking lot, on the other side of it is the north end of what was then the RKO-Pathé (now part of Sony) front lot. If you were to stand at that point today, you would see the building that is after the ‘A Selzick International Picture’ sign in the very opening of ‘Gone With the Wind’. Right behind that was the backlot, known as 40 Acres. Now a business district, it has come full circle as several warehouses there are often used as soundstages.

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