This photo, taken in 1950, may be a still from the opening credits of the Mickey Rooney movie, “Sunset Strip,” and was probably shot from the roof of the Sunset Tower. The Chateau Marmont is in view, center right. At the extreme center left is Mt. Kalmia, Hersee Carson’s castle, which is now hidden by a stand of bamboo that was installed by Johnny Depp when he owned the house a few years ago. The vacant lot below it on Sunset was later the setting for the scene in “Annie Hall” in which the Woody Allen character wrecks his rental car trying to leave the health food restaurant after Annie breaks up with him. It’s still an empty lot today.
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