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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

D.O.A. - Diagnosis

  Bigelow has been slipped a Mickey Finn at the Fisherman Club and is not feeling well the next morning.  He goes to see a doctor on Nob Hill.

Then ...  He takes a cable car from his hotel, the St. Francis, up Powell Street and jumps off at California.  The Alta Casa apartment building at 897 California is on the corner behind the cable car, as is the cone-roofed cable car control booth (click image to enlarge).

... and Now,  the same view today, east down California, now has modern high-rise offices down California in the Financial District.  The Alta Casa apartment house at right has been demolished but the control booth is still there because this cable car line is still in operation, as is the brick-walled University club at left, there since 1908.


Then ...  In this south-facing view down Jones Street from Sacramento, Bigelow is about to cross the road to the doctor's office kitty-corner from where he is.

... and Now



Then ...  He reaches the office, at 1298 Sacramento, corner of Jones.  The view looks east down Sacramento.  Grace Cathedral on the right is under construction with only one tower and the Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels can be seen in the distance on Mason Street.

... and Now,  the completed cathedral has two towers.  The added Fairmont Tower rises behind the hotel, otherwise the view is quite similar.

... and Now,  1298 Sacramento, known as the Chambord Apartments (below left) was built in 1921.  Its ornate flowing design by architect James Francis Dunn evokes the style of the Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley of France (below right).


  Bigelow is horrified to learn from the doctors (below) that he has a toxic poison in his system and only has days to live.  He accuses the doctors of being crazy and storms out of the office.

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