Thursday, November 24, 2011

Victor Shertzinger Residence, Mark Daniels, Architect 1921

Architect Mark Daniels designed the Mediterranean Revival style house for Film Director Victor Shertzinger in 1921. Shertzberger directed many films, beginning in the silent era, including the "Road" pictures, featuring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. Born in Pennsylvania, he studied music at Brown University and the University of Brussels. A well-known concert violist and symphony conductor, he got his start in the movie business by composing the score for the film, "Civilization" in 1916. By the time of his death in 1941, he had directed 87 films and written thirteen musical scores in addition to numerous screenplays.

Shertzinger lived the celebrity life to the hilt. He drove a Duesenberg, while his wife could be spotted in a chauffeur-driven Pierce Arrow. He was credited with bringing music to the silver screen, composing the first accompanying score for "The Tick Tock Man of Oz", followed by "Pretty Miss Smith", "If I Had You" and "My Daddy Knows". He later turned to directing; among his many stars were Dorothy Dalton, Pauline Fredrick and Mabel Normand.

Located at 4120 Cromwell Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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