THE WEST FOR RENT

As the B film was winding down in the late 1940s - early 1950s, Monogram Pictures Corporation became Allied Artists.  During this period, cowboy heroes working at Monogram/AA included Bill Elliott.  I've never seen anything like the following.  It's a Sales Brochure titled "The West for Rent" which promotes Allied Artists' western street and town movie set.  Read and enjoy ... and special thanks to Jacque Lauderbaugh for providing this bit of nostalgia and info.

Jerry Schneider, who has the Movie Making Locations Guide website at:

http://www.movielocationsplus.com/

was kind enough to provide the following info on this movie/TV location:

The Monogram/Allied Artists Studio, now PBS station KCET, was located in the East Hollywood area of Los Angeles at 4401 Sunset Blvd (the current address), bounded on the north by Sunset Drive, the east by Hoover Street, and the southwest by Sunset Boulevard. Two sound stages (now known as A and B) are located in the northeast corner of the lot, bordered by Sunset Drive and Hoover Street. A third sound stage is found to the west of the other two. It was between this third stage and the original ones that the western street was partially built between. It ran north/south with a cross street that ran west/east. False fronts were attached to the sound stages on the northern part of the street and the north side of the cross street. The south side of the cross street and the south side of the main street were attached to administration buildings.

The western street was evidently an early addition to the lot, in the 1920's. However, during the early 1950's, it was revamped into a New York street for at least one film, then returned to a western street. HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL, among others, used the street for filming.

Besides the western street, there was also a metropolitan (New York) street on the backlot.


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