Film: Design & Architecture

A South Beach Hotel Circa 1958

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A Hole in the Head (1959) is a comedy film directed by Frank Capra, featuring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, and Carolyn Jones. For me, the real star was the down-in-the-heels hotel located on South Beach’s Ocean Drive. Unfortunately, the interior scenes were sets, but the exteriors belonged to the very real Cardozo Hotel, which is now owned by Gloria Estefan and her husband. To continue on and see more captured film stills, click on the link below.

(above) I wish that these old art deco hotels still retained most of their original interiors.
(above) I wish that these old art deco hotels still retained most of their original interiors.
(above) Here's Carolyn Jones looking fabulous in her aqua ensemble.
(above) Here’s Carolyn Jones looking fabulous in her aqua ensemble.
(above) Carolyn wearing beatnik casual was filmed on location at the Cardozo Hotel on Ocean Drive.  Two things that would seem out of place today are the bongos and wooden surfboard.
(above) Carolyn wearing beatnik casual was filmed on location at the Cardozo Hotel on Ocean Drive. Two things that would seem out of place today are the bongos and wooden surfboard.
(above) Here's the very real exterior of Cardozo Hotel in 1958.
(above) Here’s the very real exterior of Cardozo Hotel in 1958.
(above) A view of the lobby in daylight
(above) A view of the lobby in daylight
(above) Remember the very turquoise kitchen in a previous post? Well here's a very girly pink version.
(above) Remember the very turquoise kitchen in a previous post? Well here’s a very girly pink version.
(above) They took this pink thing one step further and threw in a matching pink sink.
(above) They took this pink thing one step further and threw in a matching pink sink.
(above) There must be a very good reason why this type of window dressing hasn't made a comeback.
(above) There must be a very good reason why this type of window dressing hasn’t made a comeback.
(above) Flamingos and water skiing were a must for any successful pool party back in the good old days.
(above) Flamingos and water skiing were a must for any successful pool party back in the good old days.
(above) Can anybody tell me where I can find these globe lights? They are fantastic!
(above) Can anybody tell me where I can find these globe lights? They are fantastic!
(above) That's all, folks! I'll leave you with this final image because the sparkly pink swimsuits work well with my blog design.
(above) That’s all, folks! I’ll leave you with this final image because the sparkly pink swimsuits work well with my blog design.

One thought on “A South Beach Hotel Circa 1958”

  1. Peter says:

    Where have all our great actors and actresses gone. Seems just a second ago they were entertaining us on TV and the theaters and now they are gone. That was the classy era where actors and actresses were really great and talented. I sure miss them.

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