This silent film is a home movie that shows a trip to Southern California that dates to 1954. The film starts with a shot at :20 of Mann’s / Grauman’s Chinese Theater with “There’s No Business LIke Show Business” which debuted in December of 1954. At 1:08 the names of the famous are seen in the concrete at the theater. At 2:05 the Hollywood sign is visible in the distance. At 2:15 are shots from near the 101 Freeway of the approach to the Hollywood Bowl, and the entrance to the Bowl is seen at 2:30. At 2:35 the empty expanse of the Bowl is shown. At 3:18, driving on the streets of Los Angeles to the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, entrance at 3:30. At 4:39, a sweeping panorama of Los Angeles / San Fernando Valley from the Park. At 5:21 a replica of the David statue and other statuary are shown. At 6:20 the famous Farmer’s Market on 3rd and Fairfax is shown. At 6;52 Ciro’s nightclub with the Mills Brothers mentioned on the sign is followed by shots of the streets of Beverly Hills and mansions. At 8:49 the Warner Bros. Theater is seen in Hollywood. At 9:06 what might be the Santa Monica breakwater is shown. At 9:45 a large movie set or backlot is shown, looks like it was for a WWI movie. At 10:00 Martin’s Livery stable is seen on the back lot. This is the MGM studio in Culver City backlot or “Forty Acres”.. At 10:20 a ruined mansion is seen, actually the set of “Gone with the Wind” — Tara. Ruins of other buildings are visible in shots at 10:37, possibly from the famed “Burning of Atlanta”. At 10:57 a scenic background painting is visible. At 11:22 the Thalberg Building at MGM is shown.

At 11;40 stunning images of Hollywood neon are seen including the Hollywood and Vine sign (11:45), Brown Derby coffee shop, restaurant and record room, Stan’s (12:06), the Cafe de Paris (12:11), and Cinemascope as well as Coca Cola (12:23). At 11:37 the Cinerama Theater is shown. At 12:38 the Knott’s Berry Farm is seen and at 12:43 a petting zoo and porpoise attraction. Panning for gold is shown at 14:30. An Indian in full headdress waves to the camera. At 18:04 a steam engine pulling Rio Grande passenger cars comes past. At 19:00 other Native Americans pose for the camera. At 21:00 is a visit to the San Juan Capistrano mission.

At 23:46 the film shows San Diego Harbor with many Navy ships visible including a submarine tender at 23:59. At 27:19, Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco is shown. At 28:10 the Coit Tower is seen as well as views of city streets and the International Settlement at 28:00. this was a relatively short lived entertainment district within San Francisco, located along a one block stretch of Pacific Avenue between Kearny and Montgomery Streets, whose popularity lasted from 1939 to 1960. The film ends with a brief shot of Chinatown.

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