Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Byron Nelson swing.
"Ace" Fikes owned a restaurant in Culver City called the Plantation. He's a recurring character in the Cartoon Diary and seems to have been one of Spence's closest non-animating friends
Monday, January 28, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Big Cartoon Data Base notes that "Irv Spence worked mainly on the jitterbugging sequence, according to animator Mark Kausler."
Tom and Jerry: The ''Zoot Cat'' with Restored Original Titles (except for the end titles) - Video Dailymotion
The Fox Wilshire Theater was the site of the premiere of Moulin Rouge, and an American Legion picket aimed at director John Huston.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Harvey Eisenberg. A look at Eisenberg's comics, from John K.'s blog and from Mark Christiansen.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Was assistant animator Stod Herbert a lyricist, too? A Google search for "Stod Herbert" turned up, in addition to credits on several Ralph Bakshi features, this item from the sheet music collection at the San Jose library:
Title: Baby What I'm Gonna Do To You
Composer(s)/Lyricist(s)/Arranger(s): Deranja, Jack; Ciarocchi, Gene; Herbert, Stod
Music type: Piano Notes.
There's nothing beyond the name to connect animation Stod to the Stod of song. Searches on the ACAP and BMI websites came up empty.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
newsreel footage. The story of this bloody battle is told in this monograph, or for a shorter summary, click here.
|US Marines at Tarawa|
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
"Pvt. Higgins" may be Bill Higgins; "Abrams" is most likely Ray Abrams, an animator with Tex Avery's unit.
|Melody Lane ashtray, from this excellent Flickr set|
My guess is this dinner meeting took place at the Melody Ranch of Wilshire, if only because its location at 5351 Wilshire Blvd., and Detroit, was a bit more convenient to the MGM studios.
|The Melody Lane of Hollywood restaurant 1n 1949.|
|The Hollywood Melody Lane, previously the Coco Tree Cafe, sometime |
prior to remodeling.
The Melody Lane of Hollywood was located at 6301 Hollywood Blvd., the NW corner of Hollywood and Vine. In the 50s and 60s, with minor alterations, it was the location of another restaurant, Hody's Coffee Shop. It's now a parking lot.
|A composite night view of Hody's in this postcard mislocates the Captiol |
Records building, but gives us a great beach ball-nosed clown billboard.
|Clownless, but geographically accurate in the daylight.|
Melody Lane Downtown was located at 744-46 S. Hill Street. This section of the street has also been replaced with some ugly buildings and a parking lot.
|The Melody Lane Downtown, 1930s.|
|A closer look at the Melody Lane Downtown |