Friday, February 05, 2010

Retro Friday: A Tour of Hollywood, Circa Early 1950s

In the 1950s TV series "You Asked For It," viewers would write in and request to see something on the then-new small screen. In this clip, a viewer asked to see a tour of Hollywood and the stars' homes via a Gray Line bus tour.

Today, a show would probably fly that person out and actually give them the tour. But nah -- in the 1950s, we simply follow the cameraman and host as they go on the tour and shoot it.

Much of this video chronicles stars -- both famed and long-forgotten -- in their homes; but there are also classic shots of the Hollywood outpost of the Brown Derby; Ciro's; the Beverly Hills Hotel, and more.

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