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I'm pretty sure "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" the story of Freddy Lyman features The Stahl House. I think it's Halle Berry. She comes home to find the house trashed. I was more heart-broken for the house.

Also, the best part of "A Star Is Born" starring Judy Garland is when she's in her mod mansion.

I bet there's a whole slew of threads on Lotta Living devoted to this.

What gets me is how in advertisements there are so many moderns, yet in Houston there's not enough respect paid to these great houses.

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Torch Song (1953) with Joan Crawford has some great mod interiors. There is one scene in her apartment where she's having a cocktail party. It shows several rooms in the apartment and all are over the top mod....pull down lamps, wall hangings, cool furniture, clothing. There's even a smart jazz ensemble playing mod tunes at the party.

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"Cameron, you killed the car". Cameron's house from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.


One of the architects that designed this house, David Haid, worked in Houston for Hugo V. Neuhaus, Jr. for a few years.

Most of The Incredibles:


Brewster McCloud showed the Astrodome.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis house in L.A. was in Bladerunner, The Rocketeer, Grand Canyon, The Thirteenth Floor, and many others.

A list of John Lautner's buildings featured in movies:


Just about any movie set in Las Vegas.

Pulp Fiction (specifically when Travolta and Jackson are in the coffee shop).

No Country for Old Men (at the end in 'El Paso').

The coffee shop in American Graffiti.

And finally for the evening, Eugene Werlin's Fondren house in River Oak's Tall Timbers section was used in "The Thief Who Came To Dinner"

Chronicle article:


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Pineapple Express- the house where Gary Coles character lives is amazing.

Mullholland Drive- the house in the scene where Billy Ray Cyrus beats the crap out of Justin Theroux. Funny stuff.

Bottlerocket- Bobs house in Dallas- I think it is my favorite MCM movie house.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind- the house Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell buy together. The whole movie is very mod and hip.

Crybaby- Traci Lords house when she is running away from home- the whole neighborhood looks amazing.

Virgin Suicides- the Lisbon house

I hate to admit this one, but the Cullens house in Twilight is pretty rad as well.

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That sounds great.

Okay...I'm on it...just had a batch of film digitized; Please Stand by for several short subjects. The drag racing films I shot are already posted here at HAIF at the Dickinson Drag strip section... aka Houston International Speedway.

More to come,

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I remember Carla well. I was still in high school. We rode it out in our house at 1525 Sul Ross. We survived with little or no damage to our house. We had lots of limbs and twigs strewn all over the yard. My cousin's dad decided to load up his family and head for Smithville where It would be a little safer. They left Houston for Smithville and Carla went straight through Houston and straight to Smithville spawning several tornados in the Smithville area. When It was all over Smithville had more damage per capita than Houston. 

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I grew up with the story of the loss of the USS Houston during World War II and the men who volunteered to replace the lost sailors. Somehow seeing this short clip in front of the Metropolitan and Loew's makes the event much more real for me than just a story I heard.

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Thanks for posting that powerful piece of video Devon.  What happened to the USS Houston and its crew is one of the most tragic stories of WWII. After sinking in the Battle of Sunda Strait in February 1942, of the original crew of 1,061 men, 368 survived, including 24 of the 74-man USMC detachment, only to be captured by the Japanese and interned in prison camps. Many were put to work building the Burma-Thai railroad and the infamous bridge over the River Kwai. Many of them died there.


Houston's fate was not fully known by the world for almost nine months, and the full story of her last fight was not told until after the war and her survivors were liberated from the prison camps. Before then, on 30 May 1942, 1,000 new recruits for the Navy, known as the Houston Volunteers, were sworn in at a dedication ceremony in downtown Houston, to replace those believed lost on USS Houston.


On 12 October 1942 the light cruiser Vicksburgthen under construction was renamed Houston in honor of the old ship. President Roosevelt declared: "Our enemies have given us the chance to prove that there will be another USS Houston, and yet another USS Houston if that becomes necessary, and still another USS Houston as long as American ideals are in jeopardy."


Incidentally, a piece of the USS Houston is on display in downtown Houston. The ship's bell was recovered some years back and placed on a stone monument in Sam Houston Park. 




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As a teenager living in Thailand in the early 60's I visited a WWII cemetery near the bridge over the River Kwai and I'm sure I saw the crosses of sailors from the USS Houston without knowing it.

My most vivid memory from the cemetery was seeing many graves of soldiers that were only 19 and 20 years old...so close to my age of 16!

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Thanks for the recommendation. Picked up a copy and just finished it. Incredible account of the USS Houston survivors and the Japanese prison camps. The Jap soldiers were ruthless savages. Heck they make ISIS look like saints. Hard to believe any POW survived. I could not have more respect for our soldiers that endured such treatment, some for years. Anyway, great book and I highly recommend it to everyone. Can't believe I wasn't aware of it before Ross mentioned it. Going to try to get over to U of H and see what artifacts they have now that my interest is sparked. 


I can highly recommend the book Ship of Ghosts, which is the story of the USS Houston and its surviving crew.


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Josh Burdick has some excellent videos on YouTube showing Houston in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It's wonderful to have such a blast from the recent past. Some of his videos feature things like a TWA DC-9 doing a powerback from the gate at HOU, Northwest Mall in full swing, the Medical Center, and Downtown.


His father is Calvin Burdick and his photos of Houston from the 1960s have been featured here before.


Here's his channel.




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