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Labor Day in Mexico, 1937

02 Sep

Reine Davies
Hollywood Parade
Los Angeles Times

The film colony’s activities over the Labor Day weekend were as varied as are the talents of the film players who create your screen entertainment.

The holiday found Dolores Del Rio, Cedric Gibbons, Errol Flynn and Lili Damita cruising down to Ensenada, and other Hollywoodites at the Mexican Resort were Gene Reynolds, Jeanette MacDonald and George Mason.

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Baja was the place to be, especially if sailing, Ensenada, on the “Baja Riviera”. Though this article doesn’t mention it, Errol, Lili, Dolores and Cedric, would have certainly stayed at the magnificent La Playa Ensenada, built by Jack Dempsey (possibly in partnership with Al Capone),a haven for Hollywood celebrities for much of the Thirties, until Mexico outlawed gambling in 1938. Margarita Carmen Cansino used to dance there, before she blossomed into Rita Hayworth. Most all the heavyweights were there – Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Johnny Weissmuller, Myrna Loy, Lana Turner, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Bing Crosby, among many others. Errol sailed there frequently, on Cheerio II, Sirocco, and Zaca. Flynn was fined once for wearing shorts in town… but that’s a story for another day.

Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard at the Hotel La Playa Ensenada, 1937

Dolores Del Rio and admiring friends at the Hotel La Playa Ensenada, 1930s

— Gentleman Tim

 

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