Thursday, August 29, 2013

Irv Spence's Cartoon Diary: August 29, 1944

A history of the Ocean Park Pier can be found here. There's also a map with links to pictures of the pier's attractions.

The photo below is of the Ocean Park pier fire of 1912.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Irv Spence's Cartoon Diary: August 18, 1944

Way back when, on the old Cartoon diary blog Marc Crisafulli contributed this item he found on the Ralph Bakshi Forum, posted by Bakshi himself:

Irv Spence had a live action 16 mm film that he'd directed, an amazing gangster epic, about 35 minutes long, starring him, Tex Avery and a lot of the other Warner/MGM animators of the time playing crooks. The film was great, Irv's family may have is worth trying to get a hold of.

When I asked for further information about this movie Mark Kausler wrote:

You are no doubt referring to Irv's 1944 live action (b/w, silent) film, RATS IN SPATS. Irv showed this film to us when I was in his animation class back in '68. It is very nicely shot, although the outdoor shots used reflectors that shake a bit. I don't remember Tex being in it, but Tony Ligerra and Harvey Eisenberg play roles. Irv made a color silent movie in Big Bear a few years later called RUGGED RANGERS, which again has Harvey Eisenberg and Mike Lah in central roles as forest rangers. It was made in beautiful Kodachrome. There are video copies of these films, one has running commentary by Irv and others, as the projector runs in the background. You can tell from these diary pages that Irv was a real "home movie" buff, even though he didn't have sync sound!

So far neither of these films have showed up on YouTube. According to James Tim Walker in the comments section of this post from the Animation Guild blog, the original film and negatives belong to the Culver City Historical Society.

Spence as a cowpoke and Stod "Butch" Herbert as a gangster, via TAG Blog and Tim Walker.

TAG blog has a few other drawings by Spence from Tim's collection here, here, and here.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Irv Spence's Cartoon Diary: August 15, 1944

Jack Carr was an animator at Walter Lantz and at Schlesinger's in the '30's (where he also provided the voice for Buddy.) He has a fairly large filmography as a character actor and bit player ("'No-Neck'Griswold," "Husky Man at Mincemeat Contest".)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Irv Spence's Cartoon Diary: August 10, 1944

A view of The Hitching Post in 1943.

The site in its current state as the W Hotel. It could be worse.

The Hitching Post was a movie theater, located at 6262 Hollywood Blvd. just east of Vine, that only showed westerns.

The Hitching Post, 1941 via

The Hitching Post in 1948.
Going by the faded sign in the drawing, it looks like that day's double bill was The Yellow Rose of Texas and possibly either Texas Terrors or Texas Terror.

A 1946 postcard view of Hollywood Boulevard looking west toward Vine. From
The same view today with, oddly, less traffic.