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July 24, 2011


Shay Godwin Session Drummer

"Thank you" was supposed to be the end of that last comment, sorry! I tried to use italics HTML and it cut off the thank you part, I apologize.

Howard Roller

Wondering why you don't mention the lodge's prominent appearance in the Billy Wilder film Kiss Me Stupid (1963)? Dino is in it, too,playing a character billed only as Dino.

Jesse Stern, Touring and Session Bassist

Does anybody know where to see "Right Hand of the Devil"? Looks like a great movie, but it's not on netflix. Like the earlier commenter, I am also a fan of the Wrecking Crew. There are a lot of unsung heroes in the music world, especially studio musicians. As you said, it's rare that they received any credit, let alone a photo or a part in a movie. Documentaries have been made on Motown - James Jamerson, the Funk Brothers, etc. Even the relatively anonymous New York session players of the 60's and 70's have achieved some notoriety (largely from gigs in the house band on Saturday Night Live). It seems like the Wrecking Crew was really overlooked, despite the fact they created some of the most iconic music of the era.

Douglas Brien

I lived in Hollywood in the late 60's and the early 70's and we used to go to Dino's after the clubs closed for coffee and a Danish for $5. It was still the in spot for the young "Hollywood crowd".Paul and Harvey were there on a nightly basis and the were great guys and true gentleman.

F. Ingerman

I went there back in '74. We were driving around lost tourists in the vastness of LA at night and getting hungry then there like magic out of the darkness loomed up a big glowing neon sign with Dean's face. It was amazing. But back then everything in Los Angeles was amazing.

Gern Blanston

Fantastic article, very well researched! I remember the "Andy Griffith Show" episode as a young child, the one that featured Andy going to Hollywood to consult on the movie "Sheriff Without A Gun". Opie squeals with delight as they drive past Dino's Lodge. Even then, however, I figured it was out of vogue because my dad and I watched Dean's TV show every Thursday night and Dean never, EVER mentioned this restaurant. How embarrassing it must have been for him, especially by the late 70's, to continue to see this eyesore with his face on the sign.

Still, I would have liked to have been there, had a medium well steak and a cocktail, just to say I'd been to Dino's Lodge, just one time.

King bed set

I actually enjoyed
reading it, you're a great so rich in Dino-details that I have never known before....simply, purely Dino-magical.I want to encourage yourself to continue your great work, have a nice holiday weekend!

John Field

In actuality, Dean had no problem whatsoever with Duke Mitchell. Jerry was of course extremely jealous of the other half, Sammy Petrillo. Petrillo used to play Jerry as a baby and teenager on the Colgate Comedy Hour. Jerry promised a long term contract to Sammy. It was BS. He filled Pertrillo's head with broken promises. When BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA was released, Jerry complained to Dean about it. Dean was quoted as saying: "Oh, let the guys make a little cash". True to form, Jerry wrecked their careers.

Andy Martinez

Does anyone know where the sign is now?


I was wondering if any body can assist where I can purchase a Dino's Lodge menu, my good friend grandfather was the maitre "D their. I know he would love to have a piece of history to pass down to his kids. Appreciate any leads or the item itself.

L. A. Bob

This site and article brought back a lot of memories and good times for me since I grew up on the Sunset Strip in the Hippie Era. I also went to West Hollywood Elementary School and if you down San Vicente Blvd. between Sunset & Fountain you see the back fence of the playground. But I use to go to Dino's Lodge when they had a D.J. that I use to date but I forgot her name oh well. I stayed there till midnight then I drove to La Cienega & 3rd to a club called "The Climax" aka The Millionaires Club" prior it was open Fri. Sat. Sun. from 11:00pm-5:00am it had an elevator that went one floor down where you danced to a D.J. turning LP's with a bodacious sound system then you went to second floor or street level where you could live acts such as Cheech & Chong before they went big with albums & movies. Then you went to the 3rd floor that was called "The Pillow Room" that had Big Pillows and when this Club closed I drove to Dukes Coffee House at The Tropicana Motel on Santa Monica Blvd. & La Cienega. Jeans West Clothing Store was als on La Cienega before 3rd st. and there was crusin on Sunset and Van Nuys Blvd. on Wednesday Nights. There were people walking on Sunset selling "The Free Press". and Love Ins at Griffith Park. It was all about Peace & Love and Good Times

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