Category Archives: Hollywood places

The Most Famous Slab of Concrete in the World

In a continuing series looking at locations where some of the scenes in my ‘Garden of Allah’ novels take place: Grauman’s Chinese Theater It’s hard to argue against the claim that Grauman’s Chinese Theater is the world’s most famous movie … Continue reading

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Hooray for the Hollywood Hotel

In a continuing series looking at locations where some of the scenes in my ‘Garden of Allah’ novels take place: Hollywood Hotel Nowadays, Hollywood is littered with more hotels than Japanese tourists, but the earliest of Hollywood’s early days, there … Continue reading

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Café Montmartre – where Hollywood nightclubbing started

In a continuing series looking at locations where some of the scenes in my ‘Garden of Allah’ novels take place: Café Montmartre It would be easy to assume that Hollywood was always a wild and crazy town with sidewalks packed … Continue reading

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Playing at The Players

In a continuing series looking at locations where some of the scenes in my ‘Garden of Allah’ novels take place: Preston Sturges’ The Players By the end of 1940, after a decade of writing movies, Preston Sturges was now a … Continue reading

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Don the Beachcomber – Virgins and Cobras and Zombies! Oh my!

In a continuing series looking at locations where some of the scenes in my ‘Garden of Allah’ novels take place: Don the Beachcomber It seems funny to think of it now, but there was a time when the Polynesian thing—flaming … Continue reading

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Hollywood Canteen – where the soldiers met the stars

In a continuing series looking at Hollywood hotspots where some of the scenes in my ‘Garden of Allah’ novels take place: Hollywood Canteen You are Joe Normal, from Regularville, Kansas, and you were drafted into the military because your country’s … Continue reading

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Schwab’s Pharmacy – the best place to spend a day waiting for That Call

In a continuing series looking at Hollywood hotspots where some of the scenes in my ‘Garden of Allah’ novels take place: Schwab’s Pharmacy Picture it: it’s the mid-1930s and you’ve just barely survived the four-day bus ride from Wahoo, Nebraska, … Continue reading

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Hollywood Palladium – amid an ocean of foxtrotting funsters

In a continuing series looking at Hollywood hotspots where some of the scenes in my ‘Garden of Allah’ novels take place: Hollywood Palladium Once upon a time, people didn’t stay home of an evening and press their faces against television … Continue reading

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Mocambo – The Nightclub’s Nightclub.

In a continuing series looking at locations where some of the scenes in my ‘Garden of Allah’ novels take place: Mocambo With places like the Trocadero and Ciro’s attracting the glamor crowd, the Sunset Strip had, by the early 1940s, … Continue reading

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Shopping at Bullocks Wilshire – the “carriage trade” way.

In a continuing series looking at locations where some of the scenes in my ‘Garden of Allah’ novels take place: Bullocks Wilshire department store In a scene from The Garden on Sunset, one of my lead characters, Kathryn, is stalking-but-not-in-a-creepy-way … Continue reading

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