By CHRIS McGOWAN When HBO decided to reboot the Perry Mason TV series about a formidable criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, it embarked on a nearly total re-imagining of one of the most beloved programs in television history. Based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels, the original Perry Masonstarred Raymond Burr in the titular role and ran from 1957-1966, with Burr returning for some two dozen TV movies from 1985 to 1993. The courtroom drama was an orderly affair with Mason always winning his case by the end and justice inevitably being served. The creators and showrunners of the new version [...]
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The landmark Angels Flight railway is a pivotal set in Perry Mason Perry Mason Reimagines the World of the Legendary Television Lawyer Production designer John P. Goldsmith brought Los Angeles back to 1932 for the HBO courtroom drama starring Matthew Rhys The generation of devoted viewers who watched the weekly courtroom drama Perry Mason in the 1950s and ’60s might not not recognize the new and reimagined Perry Mason in HBO’s upcoming series of the same name. Gone is actor Raymond Burr’s beloved criminal defense lawyer, whose commanding courtroom presence is legendary. This version’s Mason (played by Golden [...]
Let’s take a long drive — virtually, of course — from SF to LA Everything is virtual these coronavirus shutdown days. The virtual prom season has passed, and now it’s time for virtual graduation. We’ve dialed into the virtual opening of the yacht season, went to a couple of virtual cocktail parties, joined a virtual trivia contest and offered virtual good birthday wishes to a charming young relative. It’s been eight weeks since we went anywhere in real time, and that was only a one-day round trip for a party in Santa Rosa.So now is the perfect time for a [...]
Five Places Where the 'City of Angels' Lives Up To Its Name If you’re tired of all the tales of the dark side of Los Angeles — the vice squads, murder mysteries, and noir films whose horrors were ripped from the headlines — don’t worry. There is a silver lining to the dark clouds of big city life! And it is possible to get on the side of the angels here in L.A., the city whose devotional name came from a group of pioneering believers! After all, L.A. is the City of Angels — a detail that can [...]
Angels Flight: Journey on world’s shortest railway lasts less than a minute! Now, this is quite an interesting story. Ever thought of sitting on a train where the journey lasts for just a minute or less? If not then, welcome to the Angels Flight. Situated in Los Angeles, California, this train claims that it's the shortest railway in the world! The train runs on the Bunker Hill between Hill Street and Grand Avenue and has changed the life of people since its inception. More about Angels Flight A prominent landmark and tourist attraction, Angels Flight is a 2 [...]
25 Unique LA Historic-Cultural Monuments You Must See Since the 1800s, the city of Los Angeles has had a rich history. From being the central hub for the film and media industry, to the city that brews with different cultures and ideas, nearly 4 million people call LA home for a reason. As proof of its history, there are 1,200 city declared historic-cultural monuments that dot the city. You can view the full list here. Take a look below in photos at 25 historic-cultural monuments you might have overlooked. 25 PHOTOS 1/25 Ann Johansson Built between 1921 and [...]
Trevor’s Travels: Angels Flight Railway® is a short ride into Los Angeles history It’s perhaps purely coincidence that the first three letters of the word “funicular” spell “fun.” But then, “funeral” also starts with the same three letters, so maybe it doesn’t always work! My first experience with a funicular, a short railway built on a steep incline, was in Japan. My son, who lived in Tokyo at the time, hosted us for a couple of weeks and during a long weekend we went to Hakone. The journey, which he had planned carefully, required a train, boat ride [...]
The decades-long effort to save Los Angeles' iconic railway, Angels Flight® It's known as the "World's Shortest Railway," and it's reopening to the public Thursday in Los Angeles. The train, known as Angels Flight®, has carried people on and off for much of the past 116 years, traveling about 300 feet on a 33 percent grade in the heart of downtown L.A. But on many occasions throughout its long history, it almost disappeared for good. In 1901, the Angels Flight® Railway began what would be over 100 million trips up and down L.A.'s Bunker Hill. It was short, [...]
Tour the LA Locations of 'Bosch' Stroll by Angels Flight®, Pershing Square, and other places seen on the Amazon Prime series. It's a feeling of satisfied knowing that can wash over any television viewer, wherever they happen to reside: A park or a building or a lane from the town where the viewer lives suddenly appears on screen, eliciting a gasp or nod from the person watching. The thing is? That gasp or nod of recognition happens rather often with TV fans who call Los Angeles home, and picking apart why can take exactly 13 words: Many [...]
Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, announces the reopening of historic Angels Flight® Railway, with SENER’s participationVictoria2020-02-16T21:40:45+00:00
Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, announces the reopening of historic Angels Flight® Railway, with SENER’s participatio Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Angels Flight®, the iconic Downtown Los Angeles railway, has reopened to the public after a three-year closure. The Mayor celebrated the opening alongside Councilmember José Huizar, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Angels Flight® Railway Foundation, and the private partners that helped modernize the funicular over the last six months. “Angels Flight® is so much more than a railway — it’s a bridge to our history, and a window into countless moments of joy and wonder [...]