A Time-Travel Studio Tour — 11 Comments

  1. Excellent site, excellent entry on a book I hope to acquire soon. Interesting to see that women's dressing room list, though I wish I could figure out who had previously occupied that other vacant women's dressing room. (Also fascinating to see that reclusive Greta Garbo's next-door neighbor was her emotional opposite — the down-to-earth but equally enchanting Myrna Loy.)

    I plan to visit this more often, and cordially invite you to visit my classic Hollywood site, dedicated to my all-time favorite actress (Myrna is second, Barbara Stanwyck third):

  2. Welcome, VP81955! I too have stared till my eyes ache trying to identify the (former) occupant of Suite C, to no avail. It may be nobody you'd recognize. The book also has a pic of the corresponding men's sign, and right there on the same floor with Clark Gable, Nelson Eddy and William Powell is the ever-popular Donald Loomis. (Donald Loomis???)

    And I'm happy to recommend your super-cool Carol Lombard site to my readers.

  3. Boy that book sounds marvelous, and I'll definitely have to check it out, typos and all.

    Curious about Suite C too. Did stars on loan-out get the prime suites, or were those only reserved for the stars under contract? I wondered if they kept a suite available for loan-out performers, such as when Tyrone Power went to M-G-M for "Marie Antoinette"?

  4. Good question, Kevin; the book doesn't mention what arrangements were made for borrowed players. My guess is they were put up in the featured players' building or the old barracks-like General Dressing Room building, which dated to 1916. Apparently the Star Suites were pretty much reserved for MGM's top contract stars; another pic in the book shows them looking like a 1930s-vintage Art Deco apartment building.

    As for the mystery of Suite C, staring harder at the pic in the book (which is a little clearer than the scan I posted), I seem to detect a "BR" as the first two letters of the last name. It's just possible that this suite was occupied by Fanny Brice while she was there making The Great Ziegfeld. But who knows for sure?

    A special case, also covered in the book, is Marion Davies' 14-room bungalow, which left with her for Warner Bros. in 1934.