Talking pictures : how they are made, how to appreciate them (c. 1937)

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Talking Pictures But these men passed out of the business long ago, and present-day studio workers cannot even remember their names. But they do remember the real pioneers, the men who risked everything because they had faith that the weak thing they took in their hands would grow from a sickly baby to the stature of a giant. The old Warner Brothers Studio, now seldom used because of their newer, finer place twelve miles away in the sprawling San Fernando Valley, is the nearest of the big studios to Hollywood proper. Another studio within Hollywood, the old "Fox lot," is at present used only for emergencies, the newer Fox plant having been built in Westwood Hills, miles away. Just outside of Hollywood is the United Artists Studio where "Doug and Mary" made their greatest pictures. What seems to be a little village of English houses is Charlie Chaplin's Studio. To the north, sev- eral miles distant, are the rambling buildings of "Uni- versal." This is one of the oldest studios. Among its historic landmarks still standing is the old Notre Dame cathedral set used in the production of The Hunch- back of Notre Dame. Near this plant are the new Warner Studios. In the center of Hollywood, an old setting is being torn down, a setting used in the production of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This will transform the acreage of the long unused Metro Studio into a build- ing to house the more recent art of radio broadcasting. Miles away to the northeast, among old-time sets, one sees a gaudy building studded with lights. A cabaret now stands in the center of the former Mayer Studios. [30]