LARy 681 – Mayhem at the Movies
By Ralph Cantos
Its no secret that from about 1910 onward, Southern California’s budding movie industry was very fond of LA’s streetcars of both the Pacific Electric and Los Angeles Railways. PE’s Hollywood cars and LARy’s “Standards” were known the world over from their countless appearances on the big screen.
In this photo from taken from the 1930 2-reel Laurel & Hardy comedy “Hog Wild,” yet another Ford Model T is done in by the special effects department of Hal Roach Studios. From the research that I have done, I place the location of the “accident” on Estrella Avenue just north of 23rd Street in the West Adams District.
Estrella Avenue was traveled by the U Line cars. Much of this neighborhood where this scene was staged, was bulldozed away many decades ago by the construction of the 110 Harbor Freeway. Estrella Avenue was shortened by several blocks with the completion of the freeway.
Car #681, a Type B-2 Standard built around 1911, would live a long, productive life. It was retired just after the sale of the LARy to National (NASTY) City Lines in 1946. The 681 fared much then the Model T Ford used for this scene. Today, sister car #665 lives on at OERM.
Scroll ahead to about 17:40 to see the scene depicted above in the still image.