The film opens with a "down on his luck" Hollywood screenwriter, Joe Gillis (Holden), fleeing west down Sunset Boulevard away from finance-company men who are attempting to repossess his 1946 Plymouth convertible. To elude them, he turns-into an old broken-down mansion, and parks his Mayflower drop-top out of sight in the garage... when Joe Gillis pulls into Norma Desmond's garage, he discovers, parked "up on blocks", a partially covered 1932 Isotta Fraschini Town Car Landolet Limousine that is equipped with real leopard-skin uphoulstry, dual side-mount spare tires, and wicker side body covering. Apparently, according to the license plate, the car has been derelict and abandoned for 20-years, since some time around 1932. Wonder why? But, WOW, what a find! If you ever had the fantasy of discovering a "Duesenberg in a Barn", this is what it might be like, and this scene alone makes the film worth a look. Too kool.
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