Starring Michael Nesmith, Bill Martin, Lark Geib.
Directed by William Dear.
The Sign appears in the music video: “Cruisin’” (with characters Lucy, Ramona and Sunset Sam).
(Contributed by Randall Branam)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz.
Directed by James Frawley.
When the Muppets first drive into Hollywood, we see a tight shot on the Sign. The camera then pans out to show them driving past it.
(Contributed by Brian Holm)
Starring John Belushi, Treat Williams.
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
1941 is one of two movies that offer humorous alternate explanations as to how the LAND portion of the Sign was removed. Here the culprit is a psychotic, trigger-happy P-40 pilot, “Wild Bill” Kelso, played by John Belushi.
Starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder and Marlon Brando.
Directed by Richard Donner.
During a series of scenes depicting worldwide destruction, the Sign leans precariously during an earthquake — quickly communicating that Los Angeles/the West Coast is part of the devastation.
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Starring Candice Rialson, Mary Woronov, Rita George, Jeffrey Kramer.
Directed by Allan Arkush and Joe Dante
About as “B” as a B-movie can get, this extremely low budget film was made by intercutting filmed plot scenes with action sequences from Roger Corman movies, such as Death Race 2000. The Sign gets a (unpaid) cameo. The Sign get shown quite extensively in both the opening credits and a brutal scene where the letter Y squashes a woman!
(Contributed by David Sebastien)
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, and Peter Finch
A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor’s ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit. The Hollywood Sign is seen halfway through the movie. What’s confusing is the Sign looks very well maintained when it’s just a few years before the 1978 rebuild and would have been in disrepair.
(Contributed by Joe G. from Kentwood, Michigan)
Aloha Bobby and Rose (1975)
Starring Paul Le Mat, Dianne Hull, Tim McIntire.
Directed by Floyd Mutrux.
The Sign enjoys two cameo appearances, before the opening credits and during a night scene after Bobby and Rose cruise the streets.
(Contributed by Randall Branam)
Day of the Locust (1975)
Starring Donald Sutherland, Karen Black.
Directed by John Schlesinger.
Based on Nathanael West’s dark satire of Hollywood, the movie features a scene where a tour guide at the base of the sign recounts how “Camille McRae, 1929 Clam Queen of Pismo Beach” leapt to her death from “the great H” in 1932. McRae’s story refers to that of Peg Entwistle, a dispirited would-be starlet who actually did commit suicide in 1932 by jumping off of the “H.”
Starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner.
Directed by Mark Robson.
Rocked by a monster quake, the Sign’s letters topple down Mt. Lee, one by one. The idea was to shock viewers with a realistic image of a familiar monument’s destruction, which, in a sense, was an important validation of the Sign’s pop culture significance. Since then, the Sign’s destruction has been used time and again by filmmakers to bring home the devastation of major natural (and, as we’ll see, supernatural) catastrophes
Savage Intruder (1970)
Starring Mirian Hopkins, David Garfield, Gale Sondergaard.
Directed by Donald Wolfe.
The opening credits feature an incredibly weathered Hollywood Sign, riddled with bullet holes and literally falling apart.