In 1924, Harold Lloyd came east to film a few scenes for “The Freshman” in downtown Ontario. Lloyd was one of the biggest stars of his day and this movie was a big hit. It’s among my favorites. I delve into the visit in Sunday’s column.
As anyone who’s seen “Sunset Boulevard” knows, the movie has a great line of Pomona dialogue. It almost had a reference to San Bernardino too, but it got cut. Sorry, Berdoo. I explore that in Friday’s column.
Friday’s column ties up a few loose ends regarding filming in La Verne of “The Graduate” and “Wayne’s World 2,” while also offering a Culture Corner and a Valley Vignette.
You may know that the wedding scene in “The Graduate” — released 50 years ago today — was filmed in La Verne’s United Methodist Church. But you probably don’t know how it came to be and how it was almost wrecked. I round up all the details I can for Friday’s extra-long column, which is adorned with video clips, photos of the scenery as it appears today (watch the clips to compare and contrast) and even a video featuring yours truly. Let me know what you think — so far I can’t bring myself to watch it.
A friend alerted me to a fact I’d never heard: The ending of “Poltergeist” was filmed at an Ontario motel. But it checked out. That leads off Wednesday’s column, followed by some Culture Corner items, a plug for this blog and a Valley Vignette.
I wasn’t aware of any movie dialogue that name-checked Upland before a reader alerted me to “The Very Thought of You” from 1944. That leads off Friday’s column, followed by Pomona dialogue from 2006’s “Inland Empire” and two nuggets from Claremont.
Thanks to a reader, I learned that Jerry Lewis filmed scenes for one of his films in Ontario. That item is followed by a recap of comments on my Facebook page about where and how people learned of Elvis’ death, and a nugget about the heat, all in Sunday’s column. Happy Labor Day weekend!
You may not know who LCD Soundsystem is, but the important thing is, a lot of music fans do, and they were buzzing about a show by the band in Pomona on Monday, a semi-secret show that drew 1,700 to the Fox on only three days’ notice. Was this the most talked-about cultural event of 2016 for the Inland Valley? Time will tell, but maybe. My Wednesday column tells the story.
Above, two photos before the concert; below, two photos after. So many people!
Videos of many of the songs from the concert have been uploaded from fans’ phones. Here’s one: “Home.” Oh, and “This is Happening,” referenced in the headline, is the title of their third album.
Reader Doug Evans, who recently read a Bob Hope biography, emails the following:
“In googling YouTube clips of Bob and Bing clowning around in their movies, I found this verse in a song called ‘Apalachicola F-L-A’ from ‘The Road to Rio’ : ‘Magnolia trees in blossom and a pretty southern gal / It’s better than the orange groves in Cucamonga, Cal.’ So I can contribute that to the vast lore of Inland Empire references you’ve been accumulating over the years.”
The reference comes early in the song and is easy to miss — so, extra thanks to Doug for not missing it. This is the first time anyone has brought up this song to me. Nice to know old-time local references are still out there to be found!
In writing about 1920s and ’30s actress Madge Bellamy, who died in 1990 in Upland, I noted in October that she might be the only Ontario resident with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and said I’d have to visit her star sometime.
The other day, I did. I was on my way to Amoeba Music. I got off the subway at Hollywood and Vine, then walked west. Her star is at 6715 Hollywood Blvd., about five blocks west of Vine, between Wilcox and Hudson. It’s like any other star, but I’m glad I paid homage.
Below, Madge Bellamy in “White Zombie.”