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October 18, 2022

A Starry Tour of the Universal Studio Lot in 1963

Founded in 1912, Universal is the oldest surviving film studio in the United States and the oldest member of Hollywood’s “Big Five” studios in terms of the overall film market. Over the years the studio has given us numerous memorable movies and creations.

In 1963, the year before the famous Universal Studios tour officially opened, LIFE photographer John Dominis had a chance to take his own personal journey around the lot, and his pictures proved that his visit was nothing short of a surreal dream.

From extras in colorful costumes to the likes of the stars of the silver screen such as Cary Grant and of Gregory Peck in everyday life, take a look back at the Universal Studio lot in 1963 through these fascinating photos taken by Dominis:

Actor Cary Grant at the Universal studio lot in Hollywood, 1963.

The Universal studio lot in Hollywood, 1963.

WIth a commisary counter full of movie extras clad as cowboys. lone Native American extra Iron Eyes Cody stands waiting for a seat during lunch break in filming of a Western TV show at Universal Studios, 1963.

Actress Tippi Hedren screen testing for Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Marnie at Universal Studios, 1963.

Makeup artist Bud Westmore prepared actress Angie Dickinson for mask-making at Universal City Studios in Los Angeles, California, 1963.

The Universal studio lot, Hollywood, 1963.

A prop man pulled a cart at the Universal studio lot, 1963.

A prop man pulled a cart at the Universal lot, Hollywood, 1963.

A prop man pushed a stuffed lion at the Universal lot in Hollywood, 1963.

Universal studio lot, Hollywood, 1963.

Men at work on the Universal lot in Hollywood, 1963.

Cats gathering for a feed at the Universal lot in Hollywood, 1963.

Universal studio lot, Hollywood, 1963.

Universal studio lot, Hollywood, 1963.

Universal studio lot, Hollywood, 1963.

Universal studio lot, Hollywood, 1963.

A hound gone Hollywood at the Universal studio lot in California, 1963.

Actor Gregory Peck, Universal studio lot, 1963.

People traveling by wagons in a scene from a film at Universal studio lot in Hollywood, 1963.

A prop man carried large rubber rocks at the Universal studio lot, Hollywood, 1963.

Prop men tossed a rubber rock at the Universal studio lot in Hollywood, 1963.

A night view of the Universal studio lot, Hollywood, 1963.

(via LIFE)




2 comments:

  1. No. 2: Looks like Doris Day to me.

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  2. Iron Eyes Cody was an actor portraying a Native American. He was born in Sicily, and was an Italian. He took on the persona of an American Indian but he had no American ties other than through immigration. The actors at the lunch counter probably knew his costume was part of his act, he wasn't who he tried to be, and didn't care for him enough to be concerned that he was left without a seat. In a dining room filled with posers trying to look like a cowboy, Iron Eyes Cody was the biggest imposter and the least deserving of comfort at lunch.

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