Fun in the Sun!
|Days of fun in the sun: Jane Fonda makes a dash for the beach from Roddy McDowall's beach bungalow on 9 May 1965.|
While this blog usually focuses on New York City because I'm from there and it is very familiar to me, at times it strays far afield. This is one of those times. Hopefully, though, it will entertain you because it shows an interesting comparison then and now of Malibu, California.
|Roddy McDowall on the set of "Planet of the Apes."|
|Julie Andrews is confronted with a Mary Poppins doll at Roddy McDowall's beach house on 9 May 1965.|
|This clip shows Julie Andrews and her daughter walking southeast from Roddy McDowall's house to her car.|
Our mission, as always, is to compare what was with what is. Let's set the scene by showing the road that Jule and her daughter walked down.
|Malibu Colony Road, looking southeast from roughly the same spot, in 2021 (Google Earth).|
|Malibu Colony Road in 2021, showing the distinctive white garage visible in the 1965 film (Google Earth).|
|Malibu Colony Road looking northwest in 2021, with the intersection up ahead. The top of the white garage is visible center-right in this view (Google Earth).|
|Another angle on Malibu Colony, showing the brown house that is in the background as Julie Andrews drives away (Google Earth).|
Our second celebrity is actress Jane Fonda. Her new film, "Cat Ballou," had just opened two days earlier in Denver and was awaiting nationwide release.
We see Jane running off of Roddy's deck down to the Pacific Ocean for a quick dip. However, lovely as she is, Jane isn't what we're interested in for these purposes.
While this may seem like a mundane shoreline view, it actually reveals a greater truth when compared to the same scene today.
|Roddy McDowall's old Malibu bungalow, in the center, in 2021 (Google Earth).|
There's a lot to learn from old films, especially amateur clips, if you do a little comparing. I hope you enjoyed this entry in our "the more things change, the more they stay the same" series. Please check out some of the other articles!
Below is the complete film from which the clips were taken.