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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1939 - One Hundred Twenty Tons of Sand

Photo from Life Magazine January 1939

One hundred and twenty tons of sand were dumped into this corner of stage number 1 of the Hal Roach studio, Culver City, Ca. for the big Riviera beach scene in Topper Takes a Trip. Director Norman McLeod (in white slacks, arms folded, in front of foremost group at left) is about to shoot a scene in which Constance Bennett, as a ghost, pulls the bathing trunks off and Italian count who is courting Toppers wife. Stand ins for Billie Burke and Alexander D'Arcy are under the second umbrella from the left. At bottom, left to right, are a prop man (with suspenders, seated), an electrician, a group of assistant directors, an actor (in trunks), another electrician. A still photographs being taken at left center. Beside the camera, in a straw hat, stands Roy Seawright, wizard of camera tricks, whose "materialization's" and "dematerializtions" of two impertinent ghosts made Topper one of the funniest comedies. Now, in it's sequel, he uses more tricks, achieves even more hilarious screen magic. Even this production shot was turned over to him when director McLeod finished it.

You can click on the image to enlarge it to see all the details. They just don't make movies like this anymore!


Film_Cameras_Coffee_RootBeer said...

Fabulous image

Anonymous said...

Funny! I think it might have been easier for them to have just loaded it all up and gone to the actual beach!

Seaside Studio vintage jewelry said...

Wow! Love this.