Hauling Like A Brooligan

Stephen Gallagher

New Work, and Some Old Places

I’m thinking of going to the Gene Autry Western museum in Griffith Park this weekend. See if there’s anything that helps my ideas for the new book.

(That’s the new new book; the new book, a big historical in the same vein as The Kingdom of Bones and from the same Random House imprint, is written and wrapped and I’ll have a confirmed title and a publication date to give you soon)

I picked up Richard Alleman’s Hollywood: The Movie Lovers’ Guide earlier this week. Loads of historic Hollywood sites and addresses with the history behind each – not really for your average tourist, who probably doesn’t give a crap about where DW Griffiths’ Intolerance set once stood, or the house where George ‘Superman’ Reeves shot himself (not far from where I’m living, it seems), but engrossing for some of us. Apparently the Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant that I pass every day on my way to the studio is quite historic. As these things go.

And there’s a closed apartment above the carousel on Santa Monica pier that was opened up and rented out to filmmakers in the 1960s, where Curtis Harrington shot NIGHT TIDE – a little B&W indie horror movie that no one’s heard of and which took me years to track down, until Stephen Laws steered me to a copy. Dennis Hopper’s first lead role and a story about an off-duty sailor who falls for a sideshow performer who may or may not be a real mermaid… if you know The Boat House, you’ll know why I was drawn to it.

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3 responses to “New Work, and Some Old Places”

  1. Ah, but did Reeves shoot himself?

    If you swing by the Bob's Big Boy on a Friday night they have a classic car get together in the lot.

    Stopped off there once for lunch and just remember the really sarcastic waitress that served me more than the food.

  2. And if you’re stuck for something to do next weekend, the Mystery & Imagination Bookshop at 238 N. Brand Blvd in Glendale is having a signing/celebration for Ray Bradbury’s 89th Birthday on Saturday 22nd, August starting at 1:00pm.

    When I last stopped by (some years back) they were still in the tiny premises around the corner on East Broadway so I don’t know what the new location – a few blocks down from where Warner Bros Feature Animation used to be – is like. More space for a start, obviously. Still, the owners are really great people. They were certainly happy when I bought a fine hb copy of Harlan’s Strange Wine for $75.

    Their website is http://www.mysteryandimagination.com/