The preceding three posts introduced us to Irene's apartment at the art deco Malloch house at 1360 Montgomery Street, #10. We learned that the exteriors were filmed at that address but the interiors, in order to optimize sound and lighting, were shot on a studio sound stage. In April 2016 CitySleuth was alerted by one of his readers that the Montgomery Street apartment was up for sale (asking price - $1,500,000). The open house allowed CitySleuth to compare the real apartment with the movie's version. Check out the realtor's photographs and video tour of this special place here before they are removed.
Here's the floor plan of the real apartment, a one bed one bath single floor unit on the 3rd floor. The Filbert Steps from ground level head down the hill at the north side of the house (the last photo in this earlier post).
And here's the floor plan, roughly to scale, of the movie set. It is still a one bed one bath unit but there are significant differences, the most obvious being the bedroom which is now upstairs, accessed by a sinuous metal staircase. The fireplace has been moved across the living room, as has the kitchen, and there's an added den. The bedroom is an unusual shape; CitySleuth surmises it was done this way to create extra space on either side of the bed for the camera crew.
Then (movie) ... An earlier post explained how the apartment's east view from the living room across the patio was a backdrop photo, reversed left to right, of a nearby north facing view of Angel Island.
... and Now (real), the east view looks out to Yerba Buena Island and the Bay Bridge. Much prettier. Why the moviemakers didn't use this view is anybody's guess. But note how careful they were to reproduce the art deco patio wall design, even down to the flowerpot holders integrated into the railing.
Then (movie) ... Looking in from the patio, this shot across the living room shows off the bedroom staircase.
... and Now (real), no staircase, a compact kitchen straight ahead (note the art deco pattern on the cabinets) and a circular dining space over to the right. The apartment entrance is on the left, past the closet down the corridor which continues on to the bedroom on the same level.
Then (movie) ... Irene's view from her patio was also created with a reversed photo, of old Telegraph Hill cottages on the Filbert Steps as described in more detail in this earlier post.
... and Now (real), here's the actual patio view with a closer look at the flowerpot holders.
Then (movie) ... The wall behind the bed is at an angle relative to the window wall.
... and Now (real), the window wall is straight and leads to a small walk-in closet.
Then (movie) ... The view looking down from the bedroom window shows the Filbert Steps linking Montgomery Street's lower and upper level; across the street they climb to Coit Tower. Note the complete absence of trees at that time.
... and Now (real), in the actual view from apartment #10's bedroom window the comparison is quite revealing. The parallax differences tell us that the movie view was taken from a higher level in keeping with their bedroom's upstairs location. The camera's location was also more to the right, closer to the building's north side; the above shot must have been taken from the northwest corner of the rooftop.
Then ... Apartment #10 is at the bottom of this frame on the 3rd floor; for this brief exterior shot inserted during a scene in Irene's bedroom, the moviemakers persuaded the 4th floor resident to light up that bedroom so as to represent Irene's.
... and Now, when CitySleuth took this matching photo on an earlier visit there was a Bogart cutout displayed in the bedroom window of apartment #10. CitySleuth saw it propped behind a door during the open house ... but darn! Missed photo-op!