Fun at the Beach!
|Jane Fonda is making a dash for the beach, 9 May 1965.|
Ever wonder what celebrities do while their movies are being released that make them stars? Well, we have the answer to that for some big names here. At the same time, we're going to get a view into the past and compare that with how things look now and see what kinds of changes the decades can bring.
While this blog usually focuses on New York City because I'm from there and the Big Apple is very familiar to just about everyone, at times we stray further afield. This is one of those times, and we go all the way to the West Coast. Hopefully, though, this will still entertain you because it makes an interesting comparison then and now of Malibu, California.
|Roddy McDowall on the set of "Planet of the Apes."|
|Julie Andrews gets a chance to see a Mary Poppins doll at Roddy McDowall's beach house on 9 May 1965. "Mary Poppins" had been released to theaters the previous year, while "The Sound of Music" opened a couple of months before this scene.|
|This clip shows Julie Andrews and her daughter walking southeast from Roddy McDowall's house to her car.|
Our mission, as always, is to compare what was with what is. Let's set the scene by showing the road that Jule and her daughter walked down. It is Malibu Colony and it runs from northwest to southeast. In the above clip, Julie Andrews and her daughter are walking to the southeast (toward downtown Los Angeles).
|Malibu Colony Road, looking southeast from roughly the same spot, in 2021 (Google Earth).|
|Malibu Colony Road in 2021, showing the distinctive white garage visible in the 1965 film (Google Earth).|
|Malibu Colony Road looking northwest in 2021, with the intersection up ahead. The top of the white garage is visible center-right in this view (Google Earth).|
|Another angle on Malibu Colony, showing the brown house that is in the background as Julie Andrews drives away (Google Earth).|
Our second celebrity is actress Jane Fonda. Her new film, "Cat Ballou," had just opened two days earlier in Denver and was awaiting nationwide release. We see Jane running off of Roddy's deck down to the Pacific Ocean for a quick dip.
While this may seem like a mundane shoreline view, it actually reveals a greater truth when compared to the same scene today.
|Roddy McDowall's old Malibu bungalow, in the center with the curved third floor, in 2021 (Google Earth).|
There's a lot to learn from old films, especially amateur clips, if you do a little comparing. I hope you enjoyed this entry in our "the more things change, the more they stay the same" series. Please check out some of the other articles!
Below is Roddy McDowall's home movie from which the clips were taken.