This is “While the City Sleeps,” and although we did Lon Chaney’s “Mr. Wu” recently, I thought it was worth looking at “While the City Sleeps” because a rooftop shootout and another scene provide early glimpses of Los Angeles City Hall, even though the movie is set in New York.
Here’s Lon Chaney climbing up to the roof of a building with City Hall in the background. A production still on Page 10 of “Location Filming in Los Angeles” also shows the Hall of Records in the background, so we know this was filmed on the Main Street side of the building.
Here’s a detail of a vintage postcard showing a similar angle of the Main Street side of City Hall. I’m not John Bengtson, but it seems likely that the scene was shot from a rooftop somewhere in the lower part of this image.
This week’s mystery movie comes through the courtesy of a longtime reader.
And for Tuesday, we have a young, sharply dressed mystery gent who knows how to wear a hat.
Please congratulate Mary Mallory and Mike Hawks for identifying Monday’s mystery fellow.
And for Wednesday, a mystery woman.
Please congratulate Mary Mallory for identifying the mystery movie and cast.
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And for Thursday, we have this mystery gal.
Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and cast) and Patrick (Monday’s mystery fellow, but wrong movie). All will become clear tomorrow.
And for Friday, we have a mystery woman and our (totally not) mystery leading man.
Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery woman), Patrick (mystery movie and cast), Floyd Thursby (Thursday’s mystery woman) and Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman).