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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Days of Wine and Roses - A Rocky Start

   Joe Clay (Jack Lemmon) works at a public relations agency.  One of his unofficial duties is to provide escorts for his clients.  The movie begins with Joe working the phone, rounding up girls for a party being held on a yacht on the bay.


Then ...  A cab pulls up alongside the bay and a young woman gets out.

... and Now,  this is the St Francis Yacht Club parking lot at the West Harbor in the Marina district (map).  The bridge needs no introduction.


Then ...  She makes her way towards a small boat berthed at the yacht club - in the background is a domed structure very familiar to San Franciscans.

... and Now,  it's the Palace of Fine Arts fronting Baker Street at the eastern edge of the Presidio, built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition (map).  Fans of Vertigo may remember that Scottie and Judy were once there.


Then ...  Joe and the girls are waiting for her in the boat - she climbs aboard to a sharp dressing-down from Joe for not dressing up ...

"You're dressed wrong, it's supposed to be a cocktail dress ... something peek-a-boo!"

... and Now,  as they head out Fort Mason is straight ahead with Marina Boulevard alongside the harbor off to the right.


Then ...  Their tender pulls alongside the party yacht.

... and Now,  Citysleuth has heard that the  yacht shoot was moved to Southern California because of poor weather in San Francisco but If was filmed in the Bay Area then below would be his best guess - looking towards Sausalito's Kappas Marina from close to where the 101 causeway crosses over Richardson Bay (the arrow on this map would have been the likely camera location).  On a misty day the distant hills would be obscured.


On the yacht Joe realizes that the underdressed woman isn't one of the escorts after all, she's Kirsten Arnesen (Lee Remick), the secretary of the client hosting the party.  He tries to make amends but she plays it cool.  They couldn't have gotten off to a rockier start.


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