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How did Hollywood become a mecca for filmmaking?

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The filming of the first scene of "The Squaw Man" at Lasky Feature Play Company, which later combined with the Famous Players Co., later the Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation. Cecil B. DeMille, director of the film, is in the center of the picture, wearing boots and a light suit. Dustin Farnum, star of the production, is on the stage, his hand raised, while the camera grinds. Cameraman is Alfredo Gandolfi. The building on the left is the old Lasky Barn, once situated in a lemon and orange grove on Vine Street and Selma Avenue. The barn occupied a place of honor on the new studio lot and is now open to the public as the Hollywood Heritage Museum on Highland Avenue.

The new book "Mount Terminus" tells the fictionalized version of Hollywood history, but we wondered how and why Hollywood ended up in Hollywood. Dana Polan, Professor of Cinema Studies at NYU joins the show to explain. 


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