One can only imagine the tales that have taken place within the walls of Culver City's oldest hotel. Clark Gable, Buster Keaton, Joan Crawford, and Ronald Reagan all laid their heads in the Culver Hotel at one time or another, many using it as their temporary residence during filming. Legend has it that Charlie Chaplin once owned the historic inn, but lost it to John Wayne in a poker game. And when MGM filmed _The Wizard of Oz_ in 1939, almost all of the 124 munchkins stayed there, traveling to and from the movie studio through a secret underground tunnel that shielded them from legions of fans. Indeed, the Culver Hotel's storied history is a microcosm of the city itself, whose glut of production companies, speakeasies, nightclubs, and restaurants have forged a modern city worthy of its legends.