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Hollywood’s Trains & Trolleys
Marc Wanamaker is a world-class expert and consultant in film history, who has worked for several decades in many fields of film production, exhibition, and research. With his extensive production experience at the American Film Institute and at several Hollywood motion picture studios, he founded Bison Archives. Marc is a published historian, lecturer and teacher, who taught film history at UCLA Extension. Bison's extensive and unique photo archive, assembled over a 4-year period, is used for story research, publishing, international media outlets, and documentary film production.
Josef Lesser & Jo Ann Lesser
As President of J.K. Lesser Productions with offices in Hollywood for more than 40 years, Josef Lesser, together with his wife Jo Ann Lesser, produced hundreds of business and industrial marketing, sales and training films. In 1999, Joe and Ron Gustafson founded the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation. Through the Foundation's extensive archive of photographs and ephemera related to the Pacific Electric and Los Angeles Railways systems, it became apparent how closely related the trolley cars were to the development of the Hollywood studios and the success of the early 20th century films. Joe's lifelong love of the motion picture genre helped prepare him for the authorship of Hollywood's Train's & Trolleys.
Hollywood's Trains and Trolley's relives the golden age in Los Angeles.
The new book from the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation takes you along the trolley routes that connected the Hollywood studios from Boyle Heights to the Pacific Palisades. For the first time a book zeroes in on the trains and trolley movies produced only within a 30 mile radius of Hollywood. The single exception is the location of Railtown 1987 State Historic Park near Sonora, California.
Explore the history of the trains and trolley movies with many never seen before photographs showing every aspect of production and location from the Squaw Man (1913) to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Roughly 75 years of movie making in Hollywood. The tale ends on the rail passenger car's observation platform. Experience how Hollywood exploited the end of the train, staging action scenes and personality publicity on the platform. It's all in one book with a colorful map of the historic and present-day studio locations and routes of the "red" and "yellow" streetcars.
Publisher: Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation (2019)