"The Master Key" (Universal, 1945)
This location looked familiar to me when the shot came up in Chapter 2 of the old serial "The Master Key." The site is just off Cahuenga Boulevard between the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood.
Same location in recent years (Google street view)
The road goes up the hill in both directions: Mulholland Drive in the foregound and Woodrow Wilson Drive in the background. Both roads work their way west through the Hollywood Hills.
Mulholland Drive approaching Cahuenga
Pulling back from the previous shot for another Google street view of the area, this shot includes more of Mulholland Drive in the foreground.
"The Master Key"
A closer look at the lamppost in the serial confirms that not only the light fixture, but also the post itself, has been updated since 1945.
"The Master Key" (1945)
A similar shot of the bridge entrance looking south up Mulholland appears in the Universal serial. In the serial this bridge is referred to as the "Garvey Overpass."
"Garvey Overpass" — the Mulholland-Lakeridge Bridge in 1945
Here's a view of the bridge in "The Master Key," taken from Lakeridge Place looking west toward Mulholland. Notice the old lampposts lining both sides of the bridge.
The Mulholland-Lakeridge Bridge as it appears today
A recent Google street view, taken from approximately the same spot, again shows the bridge looking west toward Mulholland Drive. The shot reveals that the old lampposts remain in place today.
"The Master Key"
The cliffhanger ending to Chapter 2 has a car going over the side of the bridge — and the same bridge over Cahuenga and the 101 is used in the shot.
The bridge today (Google street view)
It's not possible to duplicate the angle using a Google street view, but we can get a decent look at the same part of the bridge as it appears today.
Mulholland-Lakeridge Bridge (Bing bird's-eye view)
A bird's-eye view of the bridge in modern times shows that it spans the busy Cahuenga Pass, which connects the San Fernando Valley with downtown L.A.
L-R: Milburn Stone, Jan Wiley, Alfred "Lash" LaRue and Sarah Padden in "The Master Key"
"The Master Key" has an interesting cast, including Lash LaRue in his first movie, before he was billed as Lash, and Milburn Stone before he became "Gunsmoke's" Doc Adams.
Milburn Stone as Doc ("Gunsmoke")
Stone, who played the lead role in "The Master Key," already had a 20-year career in the movies by the time "Gunsmoke" came calling in 1955. Then he wound up playing Doc for the next 20 years.
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