Saturday, June 26, 2010

Barbra's "cameo" in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Barbra makes a "cameo" appearance in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. If you blink, you'll miss it. Incidentally, the newpaper rack was intended for the "Carrie Nations" album display and not the Hello, Dolly! soundtrack (but considering how the movie did at the box office, you never know).

Friday, June 25, 2010

Beyond the Valley of the "Dolly"

This is a screen capture from the schlock film, "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls". During a montage highlighting the Hollywood scene, there is a quick shot of the above image showing a part of the 20th Century Fox studio and surrounding area. If you enlarge the image and look closely at the bottom of the screen, you can clearly see the Hello, Dolly! New York street set (at an angle you didn't see in the movie). Since "Beyond" came out during the summer of 1970, this shot was probably filmed in late '69 when the set was still in tact.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hello, Barbra! at BEA

An article from Publishers Weekly.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Funny Girl radio interview

This is an open end radio special interview "platter". Not to be confused with a record I suppose.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Funny Girl filming locations Part 10

This is the same photo from Part 9 except I added a blur filter to better match the shot.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Funny Girl filming locations Part 9

As you can tell, the railroad tracks have been removed for quite some time. The trainshed consisted of 20 tracks and has not been restored. The area is visible but blocked off from the public. Is this the exact numbered train track from the movie? There's no way I can tell for sure since they all look the same. This one was from the middle and had the best view down to the end of the shed (they all had growth that blocked the view).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Funny Girl filming locations Part 8

As you can see, I had trouble accessing the site, but I pretty much got the angle correct. The area is fenced off for a new park. After construction is completed in 2012 the area will be open (and unobstructed) to the public.
The photo was shot in Manhattan looking towards Brooklyn with the Manhattan bridge in the foreground and the Brooklyn bridge in the background.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Funny Girl filming locations Part 7

I've been posting these "Don't Rain on my Parade" shots to match the order as they appear in the movie. You might be wondering about the scene when she sings "I march my band out. I beat my drum . . . ." I looked all around for that location and couldn't find it. I showed my photos of that scene to an employee at the station and he replied that it's not located here! He said that shot might have been filmed on Ellis Island. For now, it remains a mystery. I'll keep looking.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Funny Girl filming locations Part 4

Currently, the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal is one of the main attractions at Liberty State Park. You can visit the terminal for free . . . .with no "tipping".

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Funny Girl filming locations Part 3

And yes, I did sit down in Barbra's spot.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Funny Girl filming locations Part 2

In spite of what you might think, I didn't go around singing Don't Rain on My Parade in the station. I did, however, hum it to myself.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Funny Girl filming locations Part 1

The Jersey Central Railway Station in Jersey City doubled for the Baltimore train station. While it is no longer an active train station, it is still open to the public and well maintained (especially compared to the Funny Lady train station I posted about in March). I was squealing with delight when I entered the station!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Barbra has left the building

Barbra's SUV leaves the reception at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. It looks like Renata Buser in the front passenger seat. Not sure who's driving.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Another blurry picture

I know you're probably tired of burry pictures by now, but here's another. After Gayle left the convention center, I got this photo of Barbra's SUV with her entourage gathering around it before they left. The guy in white is Richard Jay Alexander.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Gayle King at the BookExpo

After the interview I went around to the underground garage entrance just in time to catch Gayle King leaving the event.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Barbra at the BookExpo Part 4

More blurry photos. You can now see why I never became a professional papparazzi photographer.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Barbra at the BookExpo Part 3

Don't adjust your monitor, the photo is fuzzy. When it became apparent the interview was ending, I whipped out my camera to take some photos. And yes, I know there were signs saying no photographs were allowed. And as it turned out, all the photos I took turned out this way! I guess there's a message there (I'm not sure what it is, but I'm sure there's one there somewhere!).
Granted the official photograher was located a few feet away to my left, but he took closeups. I haven't seen any photos floating around on the internet from an audiences perspective. You can get a better feeling of the stage with the plants and side screens. So this is the best I have to offer. I was debating where or not to show these, but I asked a few friends and they said yes (even in this condition).
I've got some more. Enjoy.