Magazine article American Cinematographer

Hollywood at Your Feet

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Hollywood at Your Feet

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Hollywood at Your Feet by Stacey Endres & Ftobert Cushman Pomegranate Press, Ltd., 352 pps., Paperback $19.95

The frontispiece of this book shows the Chinese Theatre on November 25,1930, as cars and stars arrive for the Hollywood premiere of Morocco. A few pages later we see a 1927 photo of Mary Pickford in the Chinese forecourt, christening a biplane with a bottle of milk (Prohibition, you know). "Sid Grauman's Prologues" is lettered on the propellor. Following these appetizers are a feast of stories and pictures about (among other pieces of Chinese Theatre history) all those autographed hand- and footprints that tourists from the world over flock to see.

The last of several movie palaces founded by Grauman, the Chinese opened on the 6900 block of Hollywood Blvd. on May 18, 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings. The first three stars to impress the cement were Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Norma Talmadge; 210 more have since been added. Aside from hands and feet, there are imprints of noses (John Barrymore, Jimmy Durante), hooves (Tom Mix's Tony, Gene Autry's Champion, Roy Rogers' Trigger), tires (Herbie the Love Bug), a leg (Betty Grable), knees (Al Jolson), six-guns (William S. …

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