Photo of the Mocambo’s dance floor from a January 1949 article in Modern Screen titled, “The Mocambo Affairs,” by Charlie Morrison, the nightclub’s proprietor
These photos were published in the January 1949 issue of Modern Screen magazine illustrating an article titled, “The Mocambo Affairs,” penned by the Sunset Strip nightclub’s proprietor, Charlie Morrison.
It is rare to find color photos of the club’s interior, which was designed by Tony Duquette.
Click through the following three pages to see more photos, and click the photos to see larger versions.
“The Last of Robin Hood” is a new film scheduled for a fall 2014 release about Errol Flynn’s late-life affair with teenager Beverly Aadland, which was a major Hollywood scandal in the latter days of the golden age. Kevin Kline plays Flynn, with Dakota Fanning as Aadland and Susan Sarandon playing her mother.
The caption says this photo was taken “at the Garden,” but it does not appear to be the Sunset Strip’s Garden of Allah, where the facings were all stucco, not brick
After the film played at the Toronto Film Festival in the fall of 2013, Vanity Fair published this tick-tock of the affair:
Errol Flynn in a swimming pool* with a beer
From the Errol Flynn Blog
My dear fellow Flynnians,
I just finished the 1970 edition of Sheilah Graham’s book, “The Garden of Allah” [in which she describes Errol Flynn’s life at the hotel].
Former Garden owner Frank Ehrhart recalled that Errol had a strict regimen: At 12:30 p.m., his secretary would set up a bottle of champagne and two glasses on a table among the chaise lounges by the pool.
An hour later, Flynn would appear wearing a blue blazer with white or grey pants and an ascot and mingle with his friends and neighbors who were lounging by the pool.
Before too long, he would approach a beautiful young woman and ask, “My child, will you have a glass of champagne?”
By then all eyes were on them wondering how long it would take Errol to get the girl into his villa.
*The photo was not taken at the Garden of Allah, and that is not the Garden of Allah pool.