1. Lou Costello
coming out the front
door in "Dance
with Me, Henry"
from United Artists, distributed by MGM in 1956.
3401 Mentone Ave. is the address.
Looking West toward Keystone Ave. and Overland
2. Don McCuaig with big
sister Mary Beth, and
Tippy. circa 1949
Compare the front gate with the movie frame above.
Looking East across Mentone Ave.
3. Don McCuaig with
Tippy - circa 1949
The front door at 3401 Mentone Ave. circa 1949
Looking West toward Keystone Ave.
4. Don McCuaig, big
sister Mary Beth and
Tippy - circa 1950
Looking East toward Mentone Ave.
My grampa's Masonic Lodge can be seen across Motor
in the background, at 3402 Motor Ave.
Or, maybe, we are looking across Woodbine at the Hayes
where the Berean Foursquare Church used to be in the
It has been 65 years, you know.
5. Don, Mary
Beth and Mrs.
Mentone Avenue is in the background. Looking east from the
6. Bob Hope
(cat) and Friends
In the living room.
McCuaig and Vaughn
Aubuchon - circa 1952 - We were 8.
Looking West. The alley is just over the jagged back
The building across the alley is stills standing at
Don is standing on the gate. Compare with the photo
Don moved away to Novato in 1953.
Alley of 3401 Mentone
Ave. in 1954.
The same fence gate as in the photo above.
Helen's German shepherd from across the alley bit me right
while throwing darts at the fence. The dog was protecting
Proof that we once occupied the exact same space as Lou
Note the 2x4 nailed on the fence peaks, so that Lou did
rip himself apart, when he climbed over in the movie.
with Me, Henry" from
The photo has been colorized, since the movie was shot in
black and white.
3401 Mentone Ave. is just to the right behind Lou. Looking
Walk down that sidewalk 5 blocks, and you arrive at the
of MGM in Culver City (now Sony Pictures).
MGM was NEVER in "Hollywood", contrary to claims.
As the city of Culver City rightfully claims -
"Culver City, where all the Hollywood movies are made." MGM,
Burbank could make the same claim about Warner Bros.
And West LA could make the same claim about 20th Century Fox
on Pico Blvd.
To actually get to Hollywood, you must go to
Abbott in the side yard
of 3401 Mentone Ave. in 1954.
The movie was released in 1956, but this photo is marked
In the center are Gigi Perreau and Rusty Hamer, of
The Danny Thomas Show fame (1957-1964),
and "Make Room for Daddy" (1953-1956).
Ernie, holding the hot dogs, was played by Ron
I could not find this scene in the movie.
During the filming of
DVD available from Amazon.
Looking North toward Woodbine Ave.
The movie "Dance with Me, Henry" provides some excellent
footage of Kiddieland (1943-1974) in Beverly Hills, CA.
Park, Bradley's Beverly Park (early), Beverly Grove
LaCienega Blvd and Beverly Blvd., southwest corner
Current Name: Beverly Center (shopping mall)
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Park: L.A.'s Kiddieland ©2012
Another movie: "With Six, You Get Eggroll" - Doris Day - 12
minutes of Kiddieland
THIS KIddieland was the inspiration for Walt to create
Unfortunately, I don't think I ever went there.
But, I sure know all about it now.
11. Across the
Street 3404 Mentone Ave.
The house across the street hasn't changed in 64 years.
This is exactly the way I remember it in 1952, minus the