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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Dark Passage (1947)

The Movie 

    Dark Passage, based on the novel of the same name by David Goodis, was released in the U.S. on September 5, 1947.  It was the third of four movies starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the others being 'To Have and Have Not' (1944), 'The Big Sleep' (1946) and 'Key Largo' (1948).  The many location scenes in this Delmer Daves movie create an atmospheric record of mid-century San Francisco.  Made at the height of the film noir era, the movie is an excellent example of the genre and offers romance to boot.

The Story

    Vincent Parry (Bogart) has been wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife.  After escaping he undergoes facial surgery to avoid recapture while he searches out the real killer, aided by Irene Jansen (Bacall), a young artist who goes out of her way to befriend him.  For the first part of the movie the audience observes all from Parry's viewpoint, hearing only his voice as the camera acts as his eyes.  Only after the bandages come off do we see Bogart's features, before then Parry's face (somebody else's!) is seen only in newspapers reporting the prison escape.

    (Watch the trailer)

The Locations

  1. Prison Escape   San Quentin, California
  2. Road to Freedom   5050 Paradise Drive---  Paradise Drive at Ranch Road---  4092 Paradise Drive, Tiburon Peninsula  
  3. Into the City   Waldo Tunnel and Golden Gate Bridge---  Lincoln Blvd at Long Avenue, The Presidio
  4. Irene's Apartment   1360 Montgomery Street No. 10, Telegraph Hill
  5. Irene's Patio  Rear patio, 1360 Montgomery Street No. 10---  View north from 40 Alta across the Filbert Steps to 228 and 226 Filbert, reversed
  6. Irene's Apartment Views   Living Room: looking north from Alta across the Filbert Steps towards Angel Island, reversed---  Bedroom: looking across Montgomery to the upper Filbert Steps---  Peephole: 3rd floor hallway of 1360 Montgomery
  7. Irene's Apartment - Real Versus Movie Set  Comparing the Living Room, Patio and Bedroom
  8. George's House   Cab turning corner at Kearny and Geary Streets---  One Florence Street off Vallejo, Russian Hill.
  9. Plastic Surgeon   Corner of Vallejo Street and Kearny Street
  10. The Steps   Lower Filbert Steps. Telegraph Hill
  11. Harry's Wagon   1919 Post Street, near Fillmore.
  12. Kean Hotel   1018 Mission Street between 6th and 7th, SoMa
  13. Through the Presidio to the Bridge   Crissy Field Avenue---  Long Avenue---  Marine Drive---  Lincoln Boulevard---  The bluff at Fort Point
  14. Madge's Apartment   1090 Chestnut Street and 1201 Greenwich Street, Russian Hill, two buildings filmed to appear as one
  15. Cable Car Ride   Hyde Street near Filbert---  Union Square---  Powell Street at Market
  16. Bus Depot   Pickwick Hotel, 75 5th Street
  17. Paita, Peru   Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, California

Interactive Map

       Click here for a photo map of the locations in this movie.

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