OK, everybody can open up Photoshop, because this one will require some illustration at some point. PAC Base is the “Big Blue” building at Fountain and L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles. Before Scientology bought it, the building was the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, and we’ve also seen it referred to in “The Jewish Hospital,” with all the sensitivity to minorities the Great Depression can offer. In 1934 a group of filmmakers used it as the set of their short film “Men in Black.” They were Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard, better known as The Three Stooges.
The stooges are three doctors who graduated medical school by being in it for too many years. They come across such problems as an overly chirpy nurse, a mental patient, and a combination to a safe swallowed by the hospital superintendent in the course of their attempt to get through the day.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject – Comedy. We’re off to watch this episode now, if anything looks familiar about the sets, let us know.