Angeles beams to ‘Star Trek’ mansion

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
The USS Angeles learned about the Doheny family, scandals and murder (plus possible ghosts!) when we toured the Greystone Mansion April 2 in Beverly Hills.
Edward Laurence Doheny, an oil tycoon, was the original owner of the 55-room mansion, which evolved into a frequent filming site as a city of Beverly Hills parks site. “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013) filmed several scenes there, most involving interiors and exteriors at the hospital scenes. Most notably, this is where Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) first made his appearance on a hospital terrace.
A downstairs pool room became the nightclub where Scotty (Simon Pegg) is drowning his sorrows. It’s next to a bowling alley featured in “There Will Be Blood,” a 2007 movie loosely based on the Doheny family.
We went on the main staircases, climbed through back staircases and went through the decadent living quarters of the family and saw the cramped rooms of the servants. The master suites included bedrooms, dressing rooms, even a massage room. The intricate woodwork in the halls was impressive.
It’s the kind of big mansion some might think is haunted. Well, Ranger Steve Clark played tapes recorded at night in the mansion, with no one inside and the windows closed. There are sounds of gunshots, voices, maybe screams. Are they ghosts or the natural creaks and other explainable sounds of an aging building? That’s the question, but the sounds are loud and distinct.
The movies filmed there varied from the original “Ghostbusters” movies to “Batman & Robin,” starring George Clooney, to the 2000 “X-Men” movie. The list is long. This also was Chilton Preparatory School on The WB’s “The Gilmore Girls.”
It was a beautiful place to explore, and Ranger Clark gave us extensive information during this mission attended by six Angeles members and organized by Jeremy Kranz.
By the way, when the family felt the mansion was in trouble at night, they called for the police by shining a spotlight on the night sky. Sounds like the Bat-signal in “Batman.”
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Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
Commanding officer, USS Angeles

Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840