Friday, July 25, 2008
A Friday Matinee
The 1954 movie Gang Boy was filmed entirely in Pomona, and was based on a true Pomona story of a truce between gangs. I finally got around to watching all 26 minutes of it.
Here's the link to view the movie.
I enjoyed seeing retro Pomona, the citrus groves, and the acting done by real live Pomona residents (and Pomona Police officers). The late Father Beta of Sacred Heart Church - who was a legendary presence in the neighborhood at that time and who will be a subject of a post one day - even makes a cameo.
In 2004, there was a screening and reunion downtown with the actors from the film. Perhaps they will do the same sort of thing once the Fox opens. I would love to see what the film's star Curly Riviera looks like now! If anyone knows where any of the people who acted in the film are, please drop me a line.
If you are curious about exact locations and other details about the film, "MrLocalHist" assembled an awesome amount of facts about the film on a Ganesha High School message board.
Feel free to post your thoughts about the movie.
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