From Frankenstein to M*A*S*H,
Elvis to Bogart, racing cars
and crowds by the thousands -
it all happened here.
may be the most unique local history book
This fascinating look at a small but historically rich area of the Malibu mountains covers a three mile radius around Malibou Lake where a key scene from the 1931 classic "Frankenstein" was shot, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Studios had their enormous location ranches, Ronald Reagan entertained dignitaries at his pre-Santa Barbara ranch and simians ran the world in the post-apocalyptic "Planet of the Apes".
Two iconic locations still draw visitors from around the world: the outdoor M*A*S*H set where the TV series was filmed and the Rock Store, the legendary gathering spot for motorcycling enthusiasts from across the country and across the seas.
From the 1920's through the 1950's, thousands came here regularly to bathe in the therapeutic mineral waters at Seminole Hot Springs and paddle boats, picnic and dance the night away at Lake Enchanto - a precursor to Disneyland.
The Three Magical Miles may be the only place in California where a former general store, one-room schoolhouse
and a post office dating from the 1920's still stand and remain in use today. Here, you can really touch the past!
"Three Magical Miles" has over 300 photographs from 1913 to the present day.
Foreword by Zev Yaroslavsky, Supervisor Third District, County of Los Angeles
Remnants of a once-famous race track still exist. If you listen carefully, you can hear the roar of the engines. 5,000 acres of beautiful hills and trails where many films were shot by Fox and Paramount Studios are now open to the public and waiting for you to explore.
"Three Magical Miles" measures 8.5" x 11" and is 160 pages. Copies are available in Cornell at the Canyon Grocery & Grill, The Old Place, The Cornell Winery, Charm D'Antan and the Rock Store. In Agoura Hills, the book is available at Agoura Feed and the Ladyface Ale Companie.
Mail orders are $22.00 plus $6.00 (U.S. only) for postage. Please inquire about international shipping rates. All proceeds from this non-profit book go towards preserving and sharing the rich history of this area with all. Please send orders to:
P.O. Box 111
Malibu, CA 90265
or PayPal funds to firstname.lastname@example.org
Copies autographed by author Brian Rooney available upon request.
Just some of the actors who have shot movies here include: Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck, Spencer Tracy, Robert Mitchum, Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Mary Pickford, Cary Grant, Mickey Rooney, Lillian Gish, Dick Van Dyke, Shirley MacLaine, James Stewart, Charlie Chaplin, Reese Witherspoon, Toby Maguire, Lucille Ball, Claudette Colbert, W.C. Fields, The Little Rascals, Diane Lane, Kirk Douglas, Bob Hope, Warren Beatty, John Wayne, Burt Lancaster, Charleton Heston and many more!
& Corporate Presentations
"FRANKENSTEIN" at MALIBOU LAKE, 1931
Upcoming movie history walks are scheduled for February 15th, March 15th and April 12th.
More information is on the certificate included with your book.