However with the 1950 film noir Sunset Blvd, we do! Yes- we get to see the inside of one of the most insane mansions in Tinsel town- and it belongs to Miss Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) (yes- she was a star, remember, in all of the Max Von Mayerling directed silents?) To tell us about the house, I have a first hand account of the memories of Joe Gillis’ (William Holden), a screenwriter who saw all the details of Miss Desmond’s now famous residence.Miss Desmond’s residence is located on Sunset Blvd, and according to Mr Joe Gillis he describes her home as ‘a great big white elephant of a place.‘
Mr Gillis spend a lot of time in the company of Norma’s house- much more than he ever imagined- and admits that while Miss Desmond’s place may be one that”crazy movie people built in the crazy 20s” on the outside, on the inside it’s “run down and deserted” going as far to say the house was ‘neglected’ with an ‘unhappy look’ with the place “crumbling apart in slow motion” .
On the onset, yes- Norma has it all, complete with a projector and home theater, a tennis court with “faded markings and a sagging net”, and ‘of course a pool- as who doesn’t!
Inside, Miss Desmond is quite the decorator- making sure you would never forget its *her* house