In case you just tuned in, I’m doing a little fact-checking as I go through Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service.” This will be fairly tedious except to a research drudge.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
All those posts about the life of Walter Pidgeon in 1946, the location of gas stations on Wilshire Boulevard and it was in front of me all the time.
Scotty Bowers says:
He swung the car onto a paved drive that led to a large house. As he turned the wheel he pointed out the imposing gates on the other side of the street.
“You like movie stars?” he asked.
“Sure, why?” I replied.
He gestured toward the opposite driveway and told me that it was the home of Harold Lloyd, the famous silent movie actor.
Bowers is referring to these gates at 1740 Green Acres Drive, Beverly Hills; the gates to the Harold Lloyd estate, as shown via Google’s Street View.
The “large house” in question purportedly belonged to Jacques “Jack” Potts. (More about him later).
But, you see, we have property records in Los Angeles.
We can go to the website of the Los Angeles County assessor’s office and check the construction date on Lloyd’s home:
And that means we can check the construction on all the adjoining property.
Where we find that 1710 Green Acres Drive was built in 1982…
… 1720 Green Acres Drive was built in 1987…
… 1735 Green Acres Drive was built in 1983…
… 1725 Green Acres Drive was built in 1982…
… and 1715 Green Acres drive was built in 1982.
In other words, none of these other houses was there in 1946. I realize that Beverly Hills is the city of million-dollar tear-downs, and possibly Jacques Potts’ tryst HQ was demolished. But so far this is not looking good. In fact, it’s quite suspicious. And I would be very happy if a property expert among the Daily Mirror readers would care to join the discussion.