This is an ORIGINAL black & white Photograph measuring 8" x 10" It is a RARE vintage photo all ORIGINAL direct from the Hal Roach Studios, Hollywood California,


This photo came direct from HAL ROACH STUDIOS. It was acquired by the Original owner of Backlot Movie Memorabilia Inc, Douglas Hart, in the early 1970's, when Hal Roach was dissolving all of their press material.

This Photo shows one of the buildings that doubled as repair shop that says Gas and Oil, and it was also Joe Jenkins Prop Shop. There is also a sign that says: NO ADMITTANCE TO THIS BUILDING UNLESS AUTHRORIZED.

Finding anything ORIGINAL on the old CULVER CITY M.G.M. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Hal Roach Studios Backlot is a rare find! This is a chance for you to own an original. The is not too much aging, as these have been stored out of light for years. There is some corner /edgewear, but a nice find from the Studio where Harold Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy, The Boyfriends, Taxi Boys, and Our Gang comedies were made, as well as Will Rogers, Harry Langdon, Charlie Chase.

A Fantastic find for the TRUE Chase or Hal Roach collector!

Shop with confidence! This is part of our in-store inventory from our shop which is has been located in the heart of Hollywood where we have been in business for OVER 40 years!

MORE INFORMATION ON CHARLEY CHASE: Charley Chase (October 20, 1893 "?? June 20, 1940) was an American comedian, actor, screenwriter and film director, best known for his work in Hal Roach short film comedies. He was the older brother of comedian/director James Parrott.

Born Charles Joseph Parrott in Baltimore, Maryland, Chase began performing in vaudeville as a teenager and started his career in films by working at the Christie Film Company in 1912. He then moved to Keystone Studios, where he began appearing in bit parts in the Mack Sennett films, including those of Charlie Chaplin. By 1915 he was playing juvenile leads in the Keystones, and directing some of the films as Charles Parrott. His Keystone credentials were good enough to get him steady work as a comedy director with other companies; he directed many of Chaplin imitator Billy West's comedies, which featured a young Oliver Hardy as villain.

MORE INFO ON HAL ROACH: Hal Roach was born in Elmira, New York in 1892. After working as, among other things, a gold prospector, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd. He began producing, directing and writing a series of short film comedies starring Lloyd around 1915. These were quite successful, and Roach started his own production company and eventually bought his own studio. By the early 1920s he had eclipsed Mack Sennett as the King of Comedy and created many of the most memorable comic series of all time, even by today's standards. These include the team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and The Little Rascals. By the late 1930s Roach's formula for success was jeopardized by audience demands for bigger, feature-length productions, and he was forced to try his hand at making full-length screwball comedies, musicals and dramas, although he still kept turning out two-reel comedies. By the 1950s he was producing mainly for television. In 1983 his company developed the first successful digital colorization process. Roach then became a producer for many TV series on the Disney Channel, and his company still produces most of their films and videos.

The Hal Roach Studios began its run in Culver City in 1919. Mr. Roach proudly offered family entertainment, and his studio was noted as "The Laugh Factory to the World." Roach also acquired backlot property just outside the city to the north, in from Robertson Boulevard. His studio flourished, with the "Our Gang Comedies" and Laurel and Hardy productions. In fact, Hal Roach actively helped make this "The Heart of Screenland," and because of the high visibility in their location filming in the city, he helped preserve local history! For example, if you want to see what the city looked like in the late 1920s, take a look at "Putting Pants on Philip." You will also see The Hotel Hunt, now The Culver Hotel. And that is just one example. You can see Main Street with angle parking in "Leave Em Laughing" or in "??Angora Love. " A researcher can also identify the businesses at that time. Several years ago, Piet Schreuders, from Amsterdam, had seen so much of Culver City in Laurel and Hardy films, that he came to town to do some primary research, feeling a little like it was like his own back yard. He utilized local resources, like city records, maps, stills and many films themselves to go back and put the pieces of the puzzle together. What did Main Street really look like? He found the first self-service grocery store, the "Piggly Wiggly" and pinpointed its address with the help of a window reflection in Laurel and Hardy's "Angora Love"- as "the boys" walked a goat past a storefront. What he also found was that the numbering system changed from being the 7000 block to the 3000 block over the years. His research appeared in a 1999 publication, "Furore." Hal Roach Studios recorded local history, and during WWII transitioned to "Fort Roach," where U.S. training films were made by names like Ronald Reagan and Alan Ladd. The First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU) was stationed there and made history again. The studio is gone, replaced by the "Landmark Industrial Tract" which is just north of the redeveloping "Hayden Tract." Many still search for it. The only evidence of its actual location is a marker in a small parkspace at National and Washington Boulevards. Placed by the Sons of the Desert, in 1980.

This item is part of Backlot Movie Memorabilia and collectibles in-store inventory from our shop which is located in the heart of Hollywood, where we have been in business for OVER 40 years!!!

HAL ROACH Original BACKLOT Culver City MGM Studios PHOTO Laurel & Hardy PROP Gas
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