The Brain Trust has solved the mystery of the department store used in “The Public Enemy.” Thanks to Craig Deco, Lee Rivas and Nathan Marask!
Here are our young ruffians (Frank Coghlan Jr. and Frankie Darro) sliding down the escalator in the 1931 film “The Public Enemy.”
And here’s the answer to our mystery: It’s the downtown May Co., as shown in this 1933 photo in the Los Angeles Public Library’s Herald Examiner collection. Our mystery elevators are off to the right.
Thanks, Brain Trust!