Evenings @ The Barn
Fond recollections of the WWII local gathering place, the Hollywood Canteen, will be evoked through photos, memorabilia, and a screening of the film, Hollywood Canteen, on Thursday, November 11, 2004, in observance of Veterans’ Day at the Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky-DeMille Barn, starting at 7:30 PM. Leading the festivities will be the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and tireless USO promoter, Johnny Grant, joined by Joan Leslie, who starred in the 1944 film. Delmar Watson who, with his brothers, performed at the Hollywood Canteen, will show some Canteen photos from his career as a photo-journalist. Their pals will enhance the list as Veterans’ Day nears.
The Warner Bros. film, written and directed by Delmer Daves, and partially shot in and around the former Canteen site just south of Sunset Blvd. at Cahuenga, tells the story of 2 WWII soldiers who spend 3 evenings at the Canteen before heading back to active duty. They meet a long list of Hollywood stars, playing themselves, including” The Andrews Sisters, Jack Benny (with violin), Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Kitty Carlisle, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis (who, with John Garfield, founded the real Hollywood Canteen), Faye Emerson, Peter Lorre and many others...chatting, singing dancing and making those 2 soldiers end-of-leave memorable. Why, Roy Rogers and Trigger even join the fun!! Joan Leslie provides the ‘love interest’ and will share her recollections during the evening.
Prices for the event are: Members $5. Non-Members $8.00
For information call (323)467-0287