Whitley's Hollywood

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The motion picture industry did not come to Hollywood until HJ Whitley, The Father of Hollywood, had a major epiphany about the movie industry. He recognized it as the jewel that would make his new town stand out from others and perhaps make it world famous. Considering how strenuously others urged producers and directors to settle in a number of other excellent sites, it is amazing that one man could convince the majority of them to settle in Hollywood. On October 26, 2011 it will be the 100th anniversary of the first Hollywood motion picture being taken by a Hollywood studio, Nestor Motion Picture Company. It was a short screen test that is a major piece of Hollywood’s history. The Whitley Estate was used as its set. The motion picture was directed by the Horsley brothers and Al Christe.