Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Hollywood Version of an English Garden

              Bob and Dame May Whitty in  Night Must Fall (1937)

Several outdoor scenes of Night Must Fall were filmed in Sherwood Forest, an area south of Thousand Oaks, CA between Hwy 101 and the Pacific Ocean.  The area was used by several studios beginning in the 1920s, in particular Douglas Fairbanks' Robin Hood (1922) ... hence the name.  Lake Sherwood is now bordered by expensive developments and, fortunately, several state parks protecting undeveloped areas of the Santa Monica Mountains.  It is understandable why people want to live there --- mountain scenery, ocean air, near L.A. but away from the crowds.  Maybe when I win the Lottery. 

That rocky ridge in the background may look familiar.  The television show M.A.S.H. was filmed in Malibu Creek State Park, located about nine miles southeast of Lake Sherwood.  The terrain is very similar.  Think helicopters flying wounded to the Army camp.  Yeah, England and South Korea are a lot alike ... only in the movies. 

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