Hollywood Heritage Museum and The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Celebrating: The Squaw Man, 100 Years of Movie Production


Photos by Billy BEnnight for th

Photos by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

Nothing says “Hollywood” like the Silent Era and the Golden Age of film. Yesterday, July 1st, marked the centennial celebration The Squaw Man by the The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Heritage Museum.The Hollywood production of Squaw Man was the first movie made in Hollywood.  Cecil B. DeMille came and shot the movie only 9 days after arriving in Hollywood. The Jesse L. Lasky and Cecil B. DeMille’s production was shot from this humble barn near Selma and Vine. The barn has been moved from location to location over the years with its current resting place across from The Hollywood Bowl in Parking Lot D. Yesterday’s festivities celebrated this miles stone with lectures on early film making and Hollywood history in the Lasky and DeMille barn. Squaw Man’s success eventually led to the formation of Paramount Pictures and the Hollywood we know today. The Heritage Museum provided faux production performances staged on the lot with period flavored back drops and appropriately dress actors and actresses. There were booths with food and tasty treats to be had, beautifully maintained cars of the period and a pianist playing familiar tunes of the period on the porch of the barn. There was a screen loop of Squaw Man in a separate room off from the museum proper for those who wanted to experience this early blockbuster. Lots of folks joined the festivities to set or stroll under the shade trees or to enjoy an ice cream, a slider or quesadilla that was generously provided by Tin Horn Flats: Saloon & Grill in Hollywood. There was lots of family friendly fun and history to explore. I will let the photographs I’m posting here detail and finish this story in a appropriate and picturesque manner.

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About Billy Bennight

Billy Bennight is a writer and photographer with expertise and years of experience in these disciplines. His musical youth started as a Punk Rocker and has expanded into exploring many genres of music, with a keen interest in art, fashion, photography, and writing. He shoots celebrity and red-carpet events for ZUMA Press. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Art Association. His images have been published in The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Parade, Wall Street Journal, and French Elle, both Vanity Fair and Vanity Fair Italia. He's very engaged in life. You an see more of his work at ZUMA Press at http://zuma.press/srp.html?SRCH=Billy+Bennight&timerange=&viewType=&PDS=&PAGENO=1 You can follow him on his Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/billybennightartist and on Instagram and Twitter @billybennight
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