Hollywood, Hollywood... Fabulous Hollywood... Celluloid Babylon, Glorious, glamorous... City delirious, Frivolous, serious... Bold and ambitious, And vicious and glamorous. Drama - a city-full, Tragic and pitiful... Bunk, junk, and genius Amazingly blended... Tawdry, tremendous, Absurd, stupendous; Shoddy and cheap, And astonishingly splendid... HOLLYWOOD!! - Don Blanding As recited by Leo Carillo in the 1935 MGM Colortone Musical, Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove
To the Scarlet Woman
WHITE ELEPHANTS - the God of Hollywood wanted white elephants, and white elephants he got - eight of 'em, plaster mammoths perched on mega-mushroom pedestals, lording it over the colossal court of Belshazzar, the pasteboard Babylon built beside the dusty tin-lizzie trail called Sunset Boulevard.
Every man and every women is a star. -- Aleister Crowley
Yet, sometimes after fierce rains and winds have swept the skies clean, the Egyptian blue reappears over a still-Spanished, still-palmed plain like the Cytherean isle Catalina, discerned on the horizon on a blue ribbon, the hulking, obsolete sound stages like secretive mastabas picked out below, and we can imagine what drew the ambitious and reckless men here, an age ago.