Paramount Studio map of California's geographical facsimiles, from The Motion Picture Industry as a Basis for Bond Financing, 1927
So, in 1927 if you wanted to make a film set in the desert you have a several choices within a few hours drive to shoot in.
The LA region as 'Wales'?!?ReplyDelete
Wasn't there a scene in an 'Austin Powers' film that made some sort of quip about how southern England looks remarkably similar to southern California in movies?
That's awesome! I could envision this on Cecil B. DeMille's office wall.ReplyDelete
Haha, I've never been to Wales, but it is hard to imagine even 1926 LA being similar.ReplyDelete
I should have mentioned in my post that a beach near where I grew up was actually used as the setting of the Sheik starring Ruldolph Valentino. I can't remember if it was Silver Strand or Hollywood by the Sea.
There's one hell of an idea for a kitchen-sink sandbox here!ReplyDelete