HOMES OF THE WESTERN STARS

DIRECTORS!

by

Special Guest Blogger

Bob Siler

WALLACE BEERY

1916

ALVARADO STREET

The Beery family home where his parents and brothers, Noah and William, lived.

Wally and his young wife, Gloria Swanson, lived here shortly after getting married.

They were married until 1919.

(With Swanson)

NORTH HIGHLAND AVENUE – HOLLYWOOD

Beery and Swanson lived here in a bungalow village.

206 WEST 10th STREET – LOS ANGELES

ST. FRANCIS APARTMENTS

They also lived here.

1918

1636 1/2 KINGSLEY DRIVE – LOS FELIZ AREA

Wally and Gloria lived here.

1163 NORTH MARIPOSA AVENUE – LOS ANGELES

Wally and Gloria lived in the same bungalow court as his brother, William C. Beery.

They may have already split up by September 1918.

1157 MARIPOSA AVENUE – LOS ANGELES

Wally and Noah lived here with their parents.

1920s

NORTH CAHUENGA BOULEVARD

Wally may have lived on this street.

1923

1501 HAYWORTH AVENUE

1924

1346 HARPER AVENUE – WEST HOLLYWOOD

(AND WARING AVENUES)

 1926

2323 LORENZO DRIVE – HOLLYWOOD HILLS

2420 PILGRIMAGE TRAIL 1927

JANUARY 31, 1931

GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER

WALLACE BEERY AND MARIE DRESSLER

Put their prints in cement

LATE 1920s – 1930s

921 N. ROXBURY

SILVER LAKE – HIGH SIERRAS

Beery had a two – story Lake Cabin here. In the 1930s it was smashed from an avalanche of snow.

816 ALPINE DRIVE – BEVERLY HILLS – LAST HOME

 Brother Noah died here in Wally’s arms, on April 1, 1946. Beery died here on

April 15, 1949.

FOREST LAWN, GLENDALE

 WALLACE BEERY IS SAID TO HAVE LIVED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

ECHO PARK AVENUE – LOS ANGELES

Lived on this street with Swanson.

6250 FRANKLIN AVENUE – HOLLYWOOD

2210 NORTH BERKELEY AVENUE – LOS ANGELES

Besides being one of Hollywood’s major film stars, he was also one of the few film celebrities who was also a pilot. Between 1927 and 1939 he owned nine airplanes.

GRAND CENTRAL AIR TERMINAL – GLENDALE

Kept his planes here for over ten years.

(around 1929)

 1939

DGA – 11

 GEORGE H. ‘SLIM’ MAVES

George Maves, Pickwick Airways Pilot, Date Unknown

1133 GARDEN AVENUE – LOS ANGELES – LAST HOME

With wife, Cynthia

CYNTHIA D. MAVES

Cynthia D. Maves, Date & Location Unknown

 LYNN HAYES

1933 SELBY AVENUE – LOS ANGELES – LAST HOME

1930

On March 24, pilot George Maves was flying a plane owned by Beery with his wife, Cynthia, and pilot, Lynn Hayes as passengers when the plane crashed in the San Pasqual wash about twenty feet north of Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel and in a few moments was a mass of flaming wreckage….

Maves, his wife and Hayes were all killed. When it tried to land the plane nose dived and crashed. Beery was to have been on the plane but cancelled.

Undated News Photo, Ca. March 25, 1930

Above, from an undated news article published ca. March 25, 1930, a fragment of the photograph showing the scene of their crash. The fuselage tubing can be seen in the foreground of the image. The article states, “An aerial joyride yesterday afternoon resulted in the death of two men and a woman who had taken out the new six-place Travel-air [sic] monoplane belonging to Wallace Beery, the motion-picture actor, without, he said, his permission. The plane crashed in the San Pasqual wash about twenty feet north of Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel and in a few moments was a mass of flaming wreckage….

“The crash took place in full view of scores of motorists on Valley Boulevard and persons in front of shops along the highway. They hurried to the scene but were powerless to do anything, as the flames drove them back….

“Witnesses questioned by R.I. Hazen and L.J. Holoubeck, inspector of the United States Department of Commerce [and Register pilot] … agreed …. that the plane approached Valley Boulevard from the south at a low altitude, variously put at 300 to 600 feet, that it began to turn to the left, that the motor had been idling, that the pilot banked the plane, that just over the wash the plane fell off instead of coming out of the bank and then plunged, nose down, into the wash.”

Their flight condition sounds like whomever was flying the airplane got too slow, turned the airplane, and the angle of bank drove the stall speed up beyond their airspeed, resulting in a stall break and the classic stall-spin accident.

Regarding Beery, the article states, “When informed of the accident, Beery was much affected, as he had employed Maves for various periods totaling about a year and a half and had flown many hours with him.

“He was entirely unaware, until informed of the crash, he said, that Maves had taken the plane from its hangar at the United Airport in Burbank. Beery is himself a pilot, having 1700 hours of flying to his credit and he said Maves had been hired by him only to accompany him when he flew and to take care of the plane on the ground.

“Beery said he had flown the plane himself for five hours Sunday and apparently it was in excellent condition.”

Regardless, in the aftermath, “Examination of the wreckage disclosed that Maves and Hayes had been seated in the forward part at the dual controls and therefore it is not known which was flying the plane at the time of the accident. Mrs. Maves had been seated in the rear part of the cabin. A freak of the fire was that although nearly all the clothing had been burned off the men, a little bit of leather jacket which Maves had been wearing was found and in its pocket was a paper of safety matches which had not become ignited.”

And further, “Maves and his wife had been married only two months…. Hayes, who was 26 years of age, leaves a widow and two small children….”

Additional information from Russ Plehinger on August 20, 2009 states, “My files indicate 3/14/30 as date of death.
Lynn Hayes, killed with him, had been a refueling pilot on a 6/30/29 endurance flight made by [Register pilot] Leo Nomis. Hayes is not listed in my book as I discovered this info after publication. Somewhere I have a photo of him. Plane in photograph is a Buhl CA-3C Airsedan, possibly NC-6816 [see the airplane with Cynthia Maves standing in front of it, above].” Note the discrepancy in the date of death. The airplane record for NC9015 states that the airplane crashed on March 25, 1930. Can anyone CORROBORATE the date?

 NOAH BEERY SR.

1556 NORTH LABAIG AVENUE – LOS ANGELES 1917

6421 IVARENE AVENUE – LOS ANGELES 1920

1120 NORTH HUDSON AVENUE 1927

11912 MOORPARK STREET – STUDIO CITY 1930

FOREST LAWN – HOLLYWOOD HILLS

NOAH BEERY JR.

 14305 ROBLAR PLACE – SHERMAN OAKS – 1955

KEENE, CALIFORNIA

LAST HOME

FOREST LAWN – HOLLYWOOD HILLS

Bob Siler grew up in Burbank, not far from Universal Studios and Warner Brothers where they made his favorite monster movies.  A long-time fan of Westerns, he still has a hard time believing that the great John Wayne could die.  Bob has created many lists detailing where the famous and infamous lived, are buried, and the cars they drove.  He has recently completed this list of Western Stars homes after many years.  Burbank Bob now resides in Portland, Oregon.

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When Steele traded his cowboy hat for a fedora, he ditched the “Bob” and went with “Robert.”  As the leader of a two-man hit team, he’s in charge.  When they target a witness in police custody, his buddy holds the rifle.  He shouts “Now!”

This 1956 film stars Humphrey Bogart.  It’s full of great character actors, including another actor with a great face and a career which lurched from leading to supporting roles and back again.  Mr. Zero Mostel.

This crazy movie treats the very concept of Organized Crime as a brand-new discovery for the seasoned policemen and DA men on the case.  Witnesses say “hit” and “contract” and the cops scratch their heads like, ‘what do these words mean?’  One high-ranking detective even says, “I’ve never heard them in connection to a murder before.”

Steele is great in this role.   Nice swagger.  Cruel smile.  He tells a guy “you don’t have to worry, you’ll be taken care of” before gunning him down.

And, check it out.  That’s Steele doing a very balletic death.

Nice film.  Wish “Robert” had more scenes with Bogie.

HOMES OF THE WESTERN STARS

DIRECTORS!

by

Special Guest Blogger

Bob Siler

Here are a couple of first rate western movie directors from my Western Film Directors list.

On this tour you’ll find some of the homes of the great Raoul Walsh, Howard Hawks and Wesley Ruggles. 

Like Monte Hale used to say, Shoot low, they might be crawlin’.

Bob

RAOUL WALSH

(with Miriam Cooper)

1917

5224 SUNSET BLVD – LOS ANGELES

1919

NORTH HIGHLAND AVENUE

BUNGALOW COURT

1923

649 WEST ADAMS BLVD – SILVER LAKE

Rented from Roscoe Arbuckle for less than a year.

1924

626 SOUTH PLYMOUTH DRIVE – HANCOCK PARK

1926

Walsh and Cooper divorced

1920s – 1939

4525 PETIT AVENUE – ENCINO

(when Gable and Lombard lived here)

In 1939 he sold his ranch to Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.

1940s – 1945

624 DOHENY DRIVE – BEVERLY HILLS

1945

13141 ADDISON STREET – NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Rented this furnished six bedroom house for six months. He bought a home in Toluca Lake and moved out.

TOLUCA LAKE

1950s

10550 KLING STREET – NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Bought this lot from Jerome ‘Curly’ Howard of the Three Stooges.

1960 – 1980

SIMI VALLEY

Bought a ranch where he lived until his death.

ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CEMETERY – SIMI VALLEY

 NOVEMBER 14, 1930

GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER

 

  HOWARD HAWKS

1920s – 1924

7125 HILLSIDE AVENUE – HOLLYWOOD

Rented this house with brother Kenneth.

1924

6626 FRANKLIN AVENUE – HOLLYWOOD

They brothers next rented a house here. In 1927 the house was torn down and the Chateau des Fleurs apartment building was built on the site. 

1927

705 REXFORD DRIVE, BEVERLY HILLS

1929

LINDEN DRIVE – BEVERLY HILLS

1931 / 32

715 BEDFORD DRIVE – BEVERLY HILLS

Lived here.

1933 – 1943

1230 BENEDICT CANYON DRIVE – BEVERLY HILLS

BUILT HIS HOUSE

1938

1150 MORAGA DRIVE – SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS

THE S – BAR – S RANCH

1942

BELLAGIO ROAD – BEL AIR

Lived here while his house in Hog Canyon was being built.

1943

HOG CANYON – LOS ANGELES

Long time ranch home.

1949 – 1977

CASA DE PLATA (HOUSE OF SILVER)

501 STEVENS ROAD – PALM SPRINGS

He bought this house from Howard Hughes, who had it built. After Hawks retired he moved here permanently.

Howard Hawks' Palm Springs Estate

 

WESLEY RUGGLESWesley Ruggles

325 SOUTH KINGSLEY DRIVE 1920

112 MALIBU COLONY ROAD – MALIBU 1930

1114 LAUREL WAY – BEVERLY HILLS 1930s

614 NORTH LINDEN DRIVE – BEVERLY HILLS

FOREST LAWN – GLENDALE

COMING SOON: King Vidor, ‘Bloody’ Sam Peckinpah, ‘Wild’ Bill Wellman, Henry Hathaway and Sergio Leone, to name but a few…

Bob Siler grew up in Burbank, not far from Universal Studios and Warner Brothers where they made his favorite monster movies.  A long-time fan of Westerns, he still has a hard time believing that the great John Wayne could die.  Bob has created many lists detailing where the famous and infamous lived, are buried, and the cars they drove.  He has recently completed this list of Western Stars homes after many years.  Burbank Bob now resides in Portland, Oregon.

In the opening scene of this 1947 film, news arrives by telegram at the Four Aces saloon — Marvin Hayden is coming back to Grass Valley.  This causes quite a stir.  The evil bossman wants to stop him.  The Jorth boys want to kill him.

Tim Holt is the man of the hour.  One year later, he would play his most memorable role, as Curtin in “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”.

Here he is, a little less desperate, as Marvin Hayden.

But the real star of this film is Lone Pine, CA and the Alabama Hills that made it famous.  Even in this murky B&W print, the landscape is triumphant.

So many great films were shot in Lone Pine.

They have a great museum there.  And a great western film festival every October.

Oh, and back to “Thunder Mountain,” there is a kick-ass final shoot-out!