Saturday, January 31, 2009

More "Roger Rabbit" Locations and Stars!

Back in October, 2006 I wrote about a few locations used in the filming of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". I recently took the time to find one more spot used frequently throughout the film.
This is Hope Street in Downtown LA. It was the street used to film the scenes outside of Eddie Valient's Office and the bar where Dolores works.
Most of the buildings have been demolished, but Eddie's office was still there at the time of my visit.
It looks like it's ready for the wrecking ball.
This is Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit. During the filming of the movie, he actually dressed up as a rabbit and stood off camera, acting out his lines with Bob Hoskins. He was recently seen in "Zodiac", with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Here I am with actress Joanna Cassidy, who played Dolores in the film. She's had a long career in films including "Bank Shot" with George C. Scott and "Blade Runner".

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"The Lone Ranger" Rock

Just West of Topanga Canyon Blvd, below the 118 Freeway, you'll find this famous boulder, known as the Lone Ranger Rock.
It was seen in the opening credits of the TV classic, The Lone Ranger(1949-1957). Actor Clayton Moore and his trusty steed, Silver, can be seen rearing up in front of the rock.

Me, Maggie, and the rock.

The area was once part of Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, a place where many Westerns were shot. Now there are condos surrounding the area. Nearby is the former location of the infamous Spahn Movie Ranch, once the home of the Manson Family!
Actor Clayton Moore(1914-1999) and Silver. Apparently, Mr. Moore continued to wear the mask and hat out in public after the series ended.

My trusty steed, Maggie, takes a rest on the rock.

She's exhausted after this photo shoot.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Welcome to Fantasy Island!

I was at the LA Arboretum this weekend and snapped these pics of the Queen Anne Cottage, the filming location of Fantasy Island. It really hasn't changed in 30 years.
The cottage was constructed in 1881 by Elias Jackson ("Lucky") Baldwin, a California businessman who once owned this land.

Actors Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize. Mr. Montalban passed away last week at the age of 88. Hervé shot himself in 1993 after suffering from health issues.

The cottage is on the National Register of Historic Places.

"de plane, de plane!"