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Edward Sloman Residence by Architect CJ Smale Asking $3.65 Million in Hancock Park

Edward Sloman Residence by Architect CJ Smale Asking $3.65 Million in Hancock Park

Silent film Director Edward Sloman’s house constructed in 1930 by prolific architect Clarence J Smale is up for sale in Hancock Park for $3.65M. The 4,720 SF home is 5 bedroom/4.5 bath and contains a hidden prohibition bar!

The history behind the house:
Edward Sloman Residence, Clarence J. Smale 1930.  Prolific architect Clarence J. Smale designed the English Tudor Revival style house for Edward Sloman in 1930. Sloman (1886- 1972) was a silent film director, actor, screenwriter and radio broadcaster. He directed over 100 films and starred in over 30 films as an actor between 1913 and 1938.  Sloman grew up in London’s West End but left home at the age 19 to become an actor. He spent several years in the British stage but after an argument with an influential booking agent, was shunned out of the theatrical circuit.  He took a friend’s advice and departed for Hollywood in 1915.

He was first hired by Lubin to direct the company’s San Diego operations, however Lubin closed the studio the following year. Sloman was subsequently hired by the American Film Company (”
lying A”) studio,  directing several films starring Mary Miles Minter and also directed other projects such as the serial Diamond from the Sky (1916).

After American ceased production in early 1919, Sloman went to producer Benjamin B. Hampton and was selected as director for The Westerners (1919). The film was a major success and led to steady employment with other independent producers.  Sloman was hired by Universal Pictures in1924. His fourth film for Universal His People (1925), a sentimental Jewish-American melodrama, was a big hit and secured his position within the studio, where he remained for five years.Among his many films are included “Surrender” (1927), “The Foreign Legion and We Americans” (1928).  His last silent film “Girl on the Barge” (1929) garnered critical ridicule for its clumsily inserted talking sequences and was a financial disaster. Sloman left Universal after which he made a few films for lesser companies including “The Lost Zeppelin (1929)”, Hell’s Island (1930).  At Paramount Pictures he directed several important early talkies including “The Kibitzer” (1930), “The Conquering Horde” (1931), “Murder by the Clock” (193), ” Gun Smoke” (1931) and “His Woman” (1931, with Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert).

Sloman made his last film in 1938 and in 1939 left the film industry to enter radio broadcasting as a writer, producer and director.  Unfortunately the majority of Sloman’s works have been lost. However his 1927 Universal silent Alias the Deacon starring Jean Hersholt is held by the Library of Congress. He died in Woodland Hills, California in 1972 aged 86.

The Sloman House is located at 300 South McCadden Place in the historic Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.  Please do not use this information in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.  Michael Locke

Property Remarks:
Clarence J Smale 1930 Hancock Park English on 15,000+ sq ft lot. Formal entry & center hall. Majestic living rm w/ high beamed ceiling & fireplace + French doors to yard. Large elegant dining. Formal den w/ fireplace + secret Prohibition era full wet bar w/ sink & bev fridge. Kitchen w/ center isle, butler’s pantry, Subzero fridge/freezer, Thermador oven. Breakfast overlooks yard & pool. Laundry, maid’s suite, powder, coat closet down. Calif basement w/ generous storage. Circular staircase w/ skylight. 4 beds + 3 baths up. Generous master suite w/ sunk-in spa tub, separate shower, large walk-in closet. Second master suite overlooks pool. 3rd generous bedroom. 4th bedroom has bonus playrooms both upstairs (loft) & down. Entertainer’s yard w/ landscape, hardscape, large pool, park-like lawn. 2 story guesthouse w/ bedroom suites up & down. Remote access to double garage + gate at sidewalk provides parking for 2 cars covered + 2 cars uncovered.
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