Thanks to a fabulous guest post on the essential site Silent Locations, I finally have the answer to a question that’s plagued me for years: exactly what is that ruined building Buster and Luke the dog run around on in The Scarecrow (1920), and what was its history? (I’m not kidding, I love old buildings and have been dying to know!) Historian and former visual effects artist Jeffrey Castel de Oro managed to track down the precise whereabouts of this old brick building and its background–it’s a fabulous piece of research, with maps and diagrams and all! Read on to enjoy:
I’m delighted to host guest bloggerJeffrey Castel de Oro’s amazing post regarding the early California history appearing in Buster Keaton’s The Scarecrow. A friend for 20 years, Jeff has contributed many significant locations and photographs to all of my books, including at left two of my favorite of his discoveries, both scenes from Keaton’s Cops – the triangle building that proved to be the former USC College of Dentistry Building, and a scene in the downtown Civic Center on long lost New High Street, in the shadow of the former Hall of Records Building and County Court House. Take it away – Jeff.
In the 1920 short film The Scarecrow Buster Keaton’s farmhand character, on the run from a dog he has mistakenly assumed to be rabid, is pursued to a small house made of adobe bricks. After…
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