Sunday, January 22, 2017
"Beauty and the Bus"
Lots of Westwood locations were used for the two reel short "Beauty and the Bus" (Hal Roach Studios, 1933). The film, directed by Gus Meins, is about two girls who win a 1933 Chrysler Roadster as a prize in a raffle. Featured are Thelma Todd, Patsy Kelly and Don Barclay.
Here we're in front of the Fox Westwood Village. The photo appears in the terrific Arcadia Publishing book "Location Filming in Los Angeles" by Karie Bible, Marc Wanamaker and Michael Medved. It's available on Amazon.
The authors note that the filmmakers were able to stage crashes and all sorts of other mayhem in the streets of Westwood Village as they were relatively empty at the time of the filming as development there was just beginning.
Thanks to Jonathan Raines for spotting this one. See our page on the Fox Westwood Village for more about the theatre, still a major first run house and now operated by Regency Theatres.
On IMDb: "Beauty and the Bus"