[Update: Nope, it was real]. I suspect this neon sign is a prop because I can’t find a reference in The Times or the directories at the Los Angeles Public Library to a place called Stripp’s. Most of this film is interiors, but there’s a sequence that shows sidewalk dining in what I assume is vintage Los Angeles. I can’t quite make out the street number over the door – but I would imagine that with four numbers instead of five it’s not out in the Valley. Of course, the set designer could have taken any outdoor location and set up tables, chairs and an umbrella. Any ideas?
[Update: Nov. 14, 1943: This is one of the stories I got when I researched Stripp’s in ProQuest. Dewey Webb and Greg Clancey have sent me links to a photo of Stripp’s at hollywoodphotographs.com. Gosh, I wonder if it’s got a picture of a certain Richfield gas station? Hmmmm.]
[Update: Yes, this is the 1951 film “The Strip.” Please congratulate Michael Ryerson, Don Danard, Dewey Webb, Greg Clancey, Gary Martin, Mary Mallory William Stansel and Julie Merholz for identifying our mystery movie and the restaurant. The Daily Mirror is indeed fortunate to have such knowledgeable readers. ]
The movie also has shots of the Sunset Strip….
And it features Jack Teagarden, left, Louis Armstrong, right, and nightclub owner Fluff “(William Demarest).