Central Park 1932 Movie, On Location Shots
An out of work man, a beautiful woman, gangsters, an about to retire visually impaired cop, an escaped lion and a robbery at The Central Park Casino make up the plot of Warner Bros. 1932 drama Central Park.
Starring Joan Blondell, Wallace Ford and Guy Kibbee, Central Park has some entertainment value despite its highly improbable plot. It’s a Great Depression quickie. A swift 58 minute movie greatly enhanced by the always affable Kibbee.and an effective Blondell.
In the 1930s producers would rarely opt to shoot on location in New York – costs and convenience being the big barriers. But you’d think with the title Central Park it might be nice to film some of Central Park in the highly recognizable park, rather than the Warner Bros. backlot.
Unfortunately none of the principal photography with the actors was on location in Central Park. EXCEPT- the opening establishing scenes without the stars.
A second unit crew was sent to film a bit of the park. Most moviegoers in the 1930s never traveled far beyond their home towns. This gives viewers from Sandusky, OH to Brownsville, TX, a taste of what the park was really like. What ends up on the screen for about a minute and a half are short vignettes of real life in Central Park in 1932.
The opening shots to Central Park.
A refreshments stand, which probably never existed in this location (The Terrace) with the hungry Wallace Ford ogling some food. This was certainly a rear projection shot as you can see the lake and Bethesda Fountain in the background.