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Silverlake in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Music Box Steps

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

 

— 1932 —

 
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Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
1. The Music Box Marker
Inscription.  This plaque marks the site of the making of "The Music Box,” winner of the 1932 Academy Award for Short Subject - Comedy. The film starred comic legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, who also employed this location in their 1927 film, “Hats Off.” Both films were produced by the Hal Roach Studio.
 
Erected by Hollywood Heritage Inc., The Society of Operating Cameramen, The Silent Society, The Hollywood Studio Museum, The Silverlake Improvement Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentNotable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1932.
 
Location. 34° 4.984′ N, 118° 16.511′ W. Marker is in Silverlake, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Vendome Street, 0.1 miles south of Sunset Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 935 North Vendome Street, Los Angeles CA 90026, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Black Cat (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mack Sennett Studios (approx. 0.9 miles away); Aimee Semple McPherson
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Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
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(approx. one mile away); Jensen’s Recreation Center (approx. one mile away); El Pueblo de Los Angeles (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mattachine Steps (approx. 1.2 miles away); Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hooray for Hollywood (approx. 1.2 miles away).
 
Regarding The Music Box Steps. Laurel and Hardy immortalized this public stairway in their film The Music Box. Dressed in overalls, the duo struggles against gravity as they attempt to deliver a piano to a house at the top of the steps. Since the movie was shot, the stairway's surroundings have changed dramatically, with vacant hillside lots now filled with houses and trees, and a small park nearby, now called Laurel and Hardy Park.

In the film Hats Off, they carry a washing machine up the stairs. The film no longer exists.
 
Additional keywords. Music Box Steps
 
Music Box Steps image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
3. Music Box Steps
“The Music Box” image. Click for full size.
1932
4. “The Music Box”
“Hats Off” image. Click for full size.
1927
5. “Hats Off”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   4, 5. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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May. 24, 2022