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The WB Studio Cafe menu in 1941

Caviar and hot dogs on the same menu! I guess they had to cater to all tastes!

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by Anonymousreply 132March 21, 2023 5:25 PM

What? No Pancakes Barbara?

by Anonymousreply 1March 18, 2023 7:27 AM

I don't see Pepsi-Cola on the menu. We need to do something about that.

by Anonymousreply 2March 18, 2023 7:27 AM

Caviar for under a dollar.

by Anonymousreply 3March 18, 2023 7:28 AM

No hamburger?

by Anonymousreply 4March 18, 2023 7:31 AM

It would be about $18 today.

by Anonymousreply 5March 18, 2023 7:31 AM

^For the caviar

by Anonymousreply 6March 18, 2023 7:31 AM

Maybe hamburgers were too German.

by Anonymousreply 7March 18, 2023 7:32 AM

Southern fried chicken with corn fritters? Sign me up.

by Anonymousreply 8March 18, 2023 7:34 AM

You need to multiply all the prices by 20 to adjust for inflation.

by Anonymousreply 9March 18, 2023 7:41 AM

You could order sauerkraut juice, but the hot dogs came with "liberty cabbage."

by Anonymousreply 10March 18, 2023 7:42 AM

I'm always reaching for a refreshing glass of kraut juice!🤮

by Anonymousreply 11March 18, 2023 7:46 AM

I don’t see “Beaver de Bette” listed anywhere on the menu. It was had by nearly everyone at Warners on a near daily basis. I guess that since it was free, it wasn’t listed on the dining menu.

by Anonymousreply 12March 18, 2023 7:50 AM

I’ll take Little Pig Sausage, Sno Sho potatoes, dark Piels beer, and a butterscotch sundae.

I’ll then burst out of my costume and get put on suspension till I slim down.

by Anonymousreply 13March 18, 2023 7:59 AM

Is this why they had to put Judy on Amphetimines?

by Anonymousreply 14March 18, 2023 8:08 AM

^^^Never mind! Judy was MGM.

by Anonymousreply 15March 18, 2023 8:13 AM

[Quote] till I slim down.

It's the sleeping cure for you.

by Anonymousreply 16March 18, 2023 8:18 AM

The half an avocado cost 45 cents.

That's not too far off what you can sometimes find avocados at retail right now. Just the other day, they were .68 a piece at the Walmart Grocery Store, and those were fairly decent size Haas (generally preferred). Back in the 40s in California they were more than likely the Fuerte type.

by Anonymousreply 17March 18, 2023 8:34 AM

That's a pretty extensive menu, especially for wartime. How did Warner Brothers get around rationing?

Manager's Special: peanut butter, baked ham, and chicken. Hmm.

by Anonymousreply 18March 18, 2023 8:55 AM

The US didn't get involved in the war until December 1941.

by Anonymousreply 19March 18, 2023 8:58 AM

Rationing came after 1941.

by Anonymousreply 20March 18, 2023 9:05 AM

.’Imagine having to work with all those people who washed down their sardine sandwich lunches with kraut juice. No thanks! Just reading the menu is enough to give one terrible halitosis and a bad case of the gout.

by Anonymousreply 21March 18, 2023 9:29 AM

How delightfully working class!

And such hearty foods...

It's no wonder poor Bette's low bosom always rested on her distended belly.

by Anonymousreply 22March 18, 2023 10:27 AM

A hot chicken liver sandwich. Yum

by Anonymousreply 23March 18, 2023 10:36 AM

The chicken liver omelettes sound wonderful.

And is it my elder eyes, or was there nothing on that menu costing more than $0.95?

by Anonymousreply 24March 18, 2023 10:45 AM

What the hell is a Chop Suey ice cream sundae?

by Anonymousreply 25March 18, 2023 10:49 AM

Or a “Hollywood Sandwich”?

by Anonymousreply 26March 18, 2023 10:54 AM

The 1963 menu shows how the assortment has gone downhill.

And Pepsi is STILL not on the menu.

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by Anonymousreply 27March 18, 2023 11:00 AM

I haven't thought about clam juice in years.

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by Anonymousreply 28March 18, 2023 11:12 AM

I love old menus.

The 1963 menu is pared way down (maybe it was only open for lunch by '63), but it has many of the same basic foods as the 1941 menu. Still the tomato juice as an appetizer. Still offering baked ham as a main course. When was the last time you saw baked ham as a main course on a restaurant menu? Fruit salad has become "California fruit plate", but it's still there. And the hamburger choice has grown from 0 to 1. Can you imagine a comparable American restaurant today without multiple burger choices?

Overall, the choices on both menus are mostly basic and old-fashioned, but reasonably healthy. If people still ate like this, there wouldn't be so much obesity. I'll bet the portions were smaller than you'd get in a restaurant today, too.

by Anonymousreply 29March 18, 2023 11:25 AM

R25, Chop Suey was a slang term for a mixture of chopped ingredients. A sundae would have had different nuts, sweets, fruit and other toppings.

by Anonymousreply 30March 18, 2023 11:25 AM

Never heard of Fig Juice before.

by Anonymousreply 31March 18, 2023 11:32 AM

Interesting that the Smoked Turkey under coldcuts is more expensive than the Tenderloin, NY, and T-bone steaks.

by Anonymousreply 32March 18, 2023 11:36 AM

"You need to multiply all the prices by 20 to adjust for inflation."

I don't think you understand how an inflation calculator works.

They factor in everything money can buy and then average it out.

So new technological advances today are extremely cheap compared to then new technology of the past.

Meanwhile food and housing have become way more expensive. You think you can just multiply the price of a New York apartment in the 40s by 20 and get what it goes for today?

Not to mention since it was a company cafeteria, the company probably considered subsidizing the cost as an employee perk.

by Anonymousreply 33March 18, 2023 11:44 AM

R32 chicken and turkey were both much more expensive prior to the post-war period.

by Anonymousreply 34March 18, 2023 11:50 AM

I love old menus, not just for the prices but what was actually on offer. I’m old enough to remember tomato juice as a starter when you went to dine.

Manager Special (Peanut Butter. Baked Ham, and Chicken on Toast)!?!?

by Anonymousreply 35March 18, 2023 11:52 AM

R25, what this meant is that those three sandwiches were all offered at the same reduced price that day - not that those ingredients were combined. Although it's worth pointing out that peanut butter was not the sweet, gluey crap most of it is today - and would be considered a vegetarian protein.

by Anonymousreply 36March 18, 2023 11:55 AM

I wish I could eat every workday at a restaurant with this menu, and all the food was whole, not today's frankenfood, and prepared freshly in house. Yes I supposed the string beans were canned. I wonder about the asparagus. The juices were likely canned or jarred. Did they have frozen juices then? Perhaps in a stretch the citrus was fresh squeezed. The peaches and pears were probably canned. But that's kind of quaint. But I bet most of the entree items are whole foods, except the hot dog.

by Anonymousreply 37March 18, 2023 12:01 PM

What the hell are shirred eggs?

by Anonymousreply 38March 18, 2023 12:50 PM


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by Anonymousreply 39March 18, 2023 1:03 PM

“Secretary’s Light Lunch”

by Anonymousreply 40March 18, 2023 1:10 PM

Greg(02116) would likely help with that shirred ego…egg

by Anonymousreply 41March 18, 2023 1:14 PM

Various pictures of shirred eggs (since Wikipedia has a stupid one)

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by Anonymousreply 42March 18, 2023 1:19 PM

R9- 21 times

by Anonymousreply 43March 18, 2023 1:19 PM

Yes, I make shirred eggs sometimes.

But I prefer œufs en cocotte, which are similar but are cooked in a bain-marie.

by Anonymousreply 44March 18, 2023 1:36 PM

Greg- I've come to the conclusion that you're EXTREMELY pretentious.

by Anonymousreply 45March 18, 2023 1:38 PM

Yeah? Well this won’t help, R45.

I have a set of these egg coddlers for when I prepare œufs en cocotte. Different design on mine, however.

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by Anonymousreply 46March 18, 2023 1:43 PM

Greg- Are you related to Frasier Crane?

by Anonymousreply 47March 18, 2023 1:48 PM

Yes, R45.

by Anonymousreply 48March 18, 2023 1:51 PM

Only in Hollywood is a studio dining room called a Commissary.

The employees lunch room at 30 Rock is the En Be Ce Cafeteria.

by Anonymousreply 49March 18, 2023 1:56 PM

R49- During WW 2 they called a dining room a Canteen.

by Anonymousreply 50March 18, 2023 1:57 PM

Not according to West Egg, R43.

by Anonymousreply 51March 18, 2023 2:18 PM

The old menu lovers probably already know this, but just in case, there is a great subreddit devoted to the topic.

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by Anonymousreply 52March 18, 2023 2:40 PM

I have a wonderful collection of old airline menus. A now-deceased relative worked for an airline and for some reason, he saved a collection of the menus.

by Anonymousreply 53March 18, 2023 3:13 PM

R28 "Is it true wash your hair in clam broth?"

by Anonymousreply 54March 18, 2023 3:51 PM

{quote]Yes I supposed the string beans were canned. I wonder about the asparagus.

Isn't there a huge Farmer's Market right down the road? It was probably there at the time too.

by Anonymousreply 55March 18, 2023 3:54 PM

^wait, what?

You mean The Farmer’s Market by Fairfax? Warner Bros. Lot was and is in Burbank…many miles away.

by Anonymousreply 56March 18, 2023 4:01 PM

[quote]R40 “Secretary’s Light Lunch”

Move yer ass, Millie. Jack has a meeting at 1:00.

by Anonymousreply 57March 18, 2023 4:27 PM

The customers they served in 1941

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by Anonymousreply 58March 18, 2023 4:33 PM

That's a very meat heavy menu, but you can still eat healthily from it though people back then, except for the starlets, didn't. Folks didn't yet know much about nutrition, cholesterol, etc. So many actors from the era died in their 50s and early 60s. Now we comment about their longevity or when they die sometimes think they were already dead (e.g. Robert Blake, Gene Hackmn.)

by Anonymousreply 59March 18, 2023 4:41 PM

No, not THE Farmers Market, r56.

A farmers market.

by Anonymousreply 60March 18, 2023 4:52 PM

R36 - if they were separate sandwiches wouldn't it have said "peanut butter, baked ham, OR chicken?" not with "and?"

Funny, they cut out all the vegetable options except lima beans in '63.

by Anonymousreply 61March 18, 2023 4:54 PM

Looks healthy. A good mix of protein, vegetables and low carb. I love vintage menus. Thank you

by Anonymousreply 62March 18, 2023 5:00 PM

[quote] all the food was whole, not today's frankenfood, and prepared freshly in house. Yes I supposed the string beans were canned. I wonder about the asparagus. The juices were likely canned or jarred. Did they have frozen juices then? Perhaps in a stretch the citrus was fresh squeezed. The peaches and pears were probably canned. But that's kind of quaint. But I bet most of the entree items are whole foods, except the hot dog.

The lettuce was probably iceberg. The quality of the beef? I don't know. The seafood selection is surprising. I think the fruits weren't the only foods coming from cans. I think this is a romantic view of that menu. It does seem like a fun place for kids to go with their parents, like a diner with a surprisingly extensive seafood menu.

by Anonymousreply 63March 18, 2023 7:34 PM

R60 Thsnks—to which 1941 local market in Burbank were you referrring to? I’m all ears.

by Anonymousreply 64March 18, 2023 7:36 PM

The Gap playlist guy has found a new fixation?

by Anonymousreply 65March 18, 2023 7:52 PM

I thought Gap troll is the TV Freak. Well, that didn't catch on, did it.

by Anonymousreply 66March 18, 2023 9:20 PM

TV GUIDE freak I should type.

by Anonymousreply 67March 18, 2023 9:20 PM

He’s not a “freak,” he’s neurodivergent, R66.

by Anonymousreply 68March 18, 2023 9:29 PM

R63, iceberg lettuce is great - crisp and tasty. The modern affectation of disdaining iceberg is just that - affectation.

The beef was probably fairly tough by the standards of an upscale steakhouse (then or now), but that's still true. Never order steak in a restaurant that isn't devoted to beef unless you want to give your jaws a workout.

Otherwise and in general, the food was probably better than you'd get in a comparably priced (taking inflation into account) restaurant today but nothing special. If you went there for lunch with a Warner Bros. employee, you'd want to ask what was good, and he'd probably steer to a relatively few things on that vast menu.

by Anonymousreply 69March 20, 2023 12:16 AM

Chop Suey!

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by Anonymousreply 70March 20, 2023 4:46 PM

[quote]o which 1941 local market in Burbank were you referrring to? I’m all ears.

According to Google Maps the Toluca Lake Farmers Market is a mile away

by Anonymousreply 71March 20, 2023 4:49 PM

[quote] According to Google Maps the Toluca Lake Farmers Market is a mile away

You mean the one that’s only been there since 2017 and is only open on Sundays?

by Anonymousreply 72March 20, 2023 4:54 PM

How about a Brown Derby menu? I want to know what Fred, Ethel and Lucy could have really eaten.

by Anonymousreply 73March 20, 2023 5:09 PM

The Brown Derby,1941

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by Anonymousreply 74March 20, 2023 5:14 PM

I'm not sure if it's ever been discussed on DL before but was wine not a popular beverage with meals back then? Champagne was for special occasions and most people seemed to have cocktails but I rarely saw wine or beer in old movies or TV. They drank coffee with meals a lot though.

by Anonymousreply 75March 20, 2023 5:29 PM

Don't be widiculous, r75.

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by Anonymousreply 76March 20, 2023 5:38 PM

r74 Such an extensive menu! They were like the Cheesecake Factory of their day!

by Anonymousreply 77March 20, 2023 5:44 PM

Beluga caviar $2 an ounce!

by Anonymousreply 78March 20, 2023 5:45 PM

Lunch, spring 1960.

I did not have the Connie Stevens Special.

Why? My grandmother made those for us at home.

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by Anonymousreply 79March 20, 2023 6:35 PM

I want to taste it all!

by Anonymousreply 80March 20, 2023 6:52 PM

Three dollars for the Porterhouse steak and potato. Ricky Ricardo must have been made of money

by Anonymousreply 81March 20, 2023 6:53 PM

For comparison here's an MGM menu from the late 50s.

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by Anonymousreply 82March 20, 2023 7:40 PM

$1 in 1941 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $20.47 today.

by Anonymousreply 83March 20, 2023 7:43 PM

$1 in 1960 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $10.16 today.

by Anonymousreply 84March 20, 2023 7:44 PM

The hor d'ouvres and canapes sound good and thats......about it

by Anonymousreply 85March 20, 2023 8:25 PM

[quote] hor d'ouvres


by Anonymousreply 86March 20, 2023 8:47 PM

MGM had limited hot choices, mostly deli fare.

by Anonymousreply 87March 20, 2023 10:19 PM

Do you think they limited which studio employees could eat in the Warner and MGM commissarys? Wasn't it only for actors, directors, writers? Were the gals who stitched in the wardrobe department allowed in, for example? Or maybe there was a separate lunch place for them?

by Anonymousreply 88March 20, 2023 10:36 PM

MGM. good question R88. I like the ceiling lustres

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by Anonymousreply 89March 20, 2023 10:39 PM

One of them had counter service.

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by Anonymousreply 90March 20, 2023 10:40 PM

Found an article about them

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by Anonymousreply 91March 20, 2023 10:41 PM

Well, Carole and Clark look like they're sharing counterspace with a stage carpenter and Miss Phoebe Dinsmore of the Diction Department, so perhaps that answers my question.

by Anonymousreply 92March 20, 2023 10:43 PM

Watermelon, cigarettes, Venetian blinds, bentwood chairs.

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by Anonymousreply 93March 20, 2023 10:57 PM

Working at a studio seems like a permanent college campus experience in many ways.

by Anonymousreply 94March 20, 2023 10:58 PM

I could be THIN again if I worked there!

by Anonymousreply 95March 20, 2023 11:33 PM

r93 "Who do I have to fuck to get a vodka & Pepsi around here?"

by Anonymousreply 96March 20, 2023 11:49 PM

Boy did they like their anchovies.

by Anonymousreply 97March 21, 2023 12:11 AM

The scene of the anchovy crime:

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by Anonymousreply 98March 21, 2023 12:38 AM

Meanwhile, over at Disney ....

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by Anonymousreply 99March 21, 2023 12:43 AM

Picture it ... Paramount Studios, 1956 ...

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by Anonymousreply 100March 21, 2023 12:44 AM

What a time warp. I don't think anyone in Hollywood has eaten meat in decades. A menu today for actors and actresses would be all Paleo/plant-based etc.

by Anonymousreply 101March 21, 2023 12:45 AM

The tomato yogurt Bob Hope cocktail sounds disgusting!

I'm glad it's not English kippers and eggs a la Charles Laughton!

by Anonymousreply 102March 21, 2023 12:50 AM

Did the stars go to the commissary? Weren’t they served in their studio dressing room?

by Anonymousreply 103March 21, 2023 12:50 AM

No matter what Judy Garland ordered it was always chicken broth!

by Anonymousreply 104March 21, 2023 12:52 AM

Well Blazing Saddles was just a damn lie . . . where is Yankee Bean Soup?

by Anonymousreply 105March 21, 2023 12:53 AM

In R98 ‘s photo, there in the back, you see see the new produce just arrived the Toluca Lake Farmer’s market…only a mile away

by Anonymousreply 106March 21, 2023 12:55 AM

Over at MGM I got rice cakes and water.

by Anonymousreply 107March 21, 2023 1:03 AM

[quote]Weren’t they served in their studio dressing room?

On the bottom left of the Warner Brothers menu, it says outside tray service is 25 cents extra, 50 cents at lunchtime.

by Anonymousreply 108March 21, 2023 1:32 AM

No Steak Tartare?

by Anonymousreply 109March 21, 2023 1:34 AM

I had sausage delivered straight to my dressing room!

by Anonymousreply 110March 21, 2023 1:37 AM

The most expensive item on the menu is $1.00

by Anonymousreply 111March 21, 2023 1:39 AM

You'll note the Paramount Commissary has no dishes named after Betty Hutton or Veronica lake.

by Anonymousreply 112March 21, 2023 2:00 AM

Over at Columbia, Ann Miller was having her usual. 5 cups of hot black coffee and half an egg salad sandwich. She'd stand the whole time with one leg kicked up on the counter.

by Anonymousreply 113March 21, 2023 2:52 AM

Her farts must have sent people running from the commissary.

by Anonymousreply 114March 21, 2023 2:55 AM

R112: Betty Hutton and Veronica Lake were considered difficult during their time at Paramount and neither were popular with their crews (and both had extensive mental/emotional problems which may have explained this, i.e. bipolarism and schizophrenia).

Dorothy Lamour (who had been one of Polly Adler’s girls back in New York) was much-loved, easy-going, hard-working and professional — and she sold a lot of war bonds.

by Anonymousreply 115March 21, 2023 3:13 AM

I don't think Dorothy Lamour has ever had her own DL thread, but I loved watching her movies on TV when I was a kid. The Crosby/Hope Road pictures, where she always seemed like a great sport, and also those tropical sarong movies like The Hurricane.

by Anonymousreply 116March 21, 2023 3:16 AM

That gal had *Panamania*, r116...

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by Anonymousreply 117March 21, 2023 3:36 AM

I once saw mother and Gene Tierney viciously fight over the last bottle of rum. It was frightening.

by Anonymousreply 118March 21, 2023 4:15 AM

What did Lassie eat?

by Anonymousreply 119March 21, 2023 4:19 AM


by Anonymousreply 120March 21, 2023 4:45 AM

[quote]R103 Did the stars go to the commissary? Weren’t they served in their studio dressing room?

[italic]Tray service 25 cents!

by Anonymousreply 121March 21, 2023 6:22 AM

[quote]Did the stars go to the commissary? Weren’t they served in their studio dressing room?

Out in the real world they were movie stars. At the studio they were just employees and they hung out and hob nobbed with the crews

by Anonymousreply 122March 21, 2023 11:25 AM

At Disney a full lunch with Prime Rib was 60 cents. All the menus featured Buttermilk. Yikes!

by Anonymousreply 123March 21, 2023 11:27 AM

Folks, is it really that hard to spell hors d'oeuvres? I mean really. It's almost always misspelled.

by Anonymousreply 124March 21, 2023 1:15 PM

Whores Devours.

by Anonymousreply 125March 21, 2023 1:48 PM

Aw derves

by Anonymousreply 126March 21, 2023 1:52 PM

The Elizabeth Taylor Salad becomes a Lauren Bacall if you find a cigarette butt in it.

by Anonymousreply 127March 21, 2023 2:30 PM

And Pancakes Barbara becomes Pancakes Judy if you order it with a side of amphetamines.

by Anonymousreply 128March 21, 2023 4:57 PM

[quote]It's no wonder poor Bette's low bosom always rested on her distended belly. —Mrs. Alfred N. Steele


I had flap-jack tits. Entirely different.

by Anonymousreply 129March 21, 2023 5:04 PM

Pabst Blue Ribbon in a bottle or can, whichever you prefer.

by Anonymousreply 130March 21, 2023 5:08 PM

It’s strange they encouraged people to drink at work.

by Anonymousreply 131March 21, 2023 5:23 PM


(but I say this as a recovering alcoholic who never drank just 1 beer…)

by Anonymousreply 132March 21, 2023 5:25 PM
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