1. Lou Costello
coming out the
from United Artists, distributed by MGM in
3401 Mentone Ave. is the address.
Looking West toward Keystone Ave. and Overland
2. Don McCuaig with big
sister Mary Beth, and Tippy, circa
Compare the front gate with the movie frame above.
Looking East across Mentone
3. Don McCuaig with Tippy
The front door at 3401 Mentone Ave.
Camera facing West toward Keystone
McCuaig, big sister Mary Beth and Tippy (1949-?)
(house across the street at 3404 had not yet been
Looking East toward Mentone
Looking across Woodbine at the Hayes property, one would
where the Berean Foursquare Church used to be in the
It has been 75 years, you know.
Old Palms Drug
Store can be seen seen
across Motor Ave.
in the background, at
This building is a virtual icon for the Little Rascals/ Our
of the 1920s and 1930s, which can be visited at my page here
Gang Filming Locations
Later on, in the 1940s and 1950s,
it was my Grampa Dillingham's Masonic Lodge.
It was just two stories, but each had 12 foot ceilings.
The smaller building just to the right of it, is also seen
in several movies.
The building at 3404 that would block this view (shown
was built soon after this photo was taken.
5. Don McCuaig
with Covered Wagon in alley behind house (1950-?)
Next door neighbor Mr.
Peters helped Don to make his wagon into a covered
Mr. Peters was retired, and had a parrot and a fish
6. Don, Mrs.
McCuaig and Mary Beth
Mentone Avenue is in the background. Looking east from the
7. Don, Mary Beth and Tippi McCuaig (1951-?)
Don had a huge front
yard, because the property consisted of 2 adjacent lots.
I remember the crabapple trees by the fence of the 2nd
McCuaig and Vaughn
Aubuchon - (circa
1953-?) - We were 9.
Looking West. The alley is just over the jagged back
The building across the alley is still standing at
Don is standing on the gate. Compare with the photo #10
below with Lou Costello.
Don moved away to Novato, CA in 1953, before the movie was
made in 1954.
9. Bob Hope
(cat) and Friends (1953-?)
In the living room. As I recall,
Don's house differed from houses in the neighborhood,
as it had 10 or 12 foot ceilings. I remember running around
and playing inside.
Most of the houses around there had 8 foot
Alley of 3401
The same fence gate as in the photo above.
Note the 2x4 nailed on the fence peaks, so that Lou did
rip himself apart, when he climbed over in the movie.
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
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 Paramount, or
Abbott in the
side yard of 3401 Mentone Ave.
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 Hargrave
(looked like Dick Powell).
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.
13. Across the Street in
3404 Mentone Ave. in
2016. (built 1951? - missing in 1949, there in
The house across the street hasn't changed in 64 years.
This is exactly the way I remember it in 1952, minus the