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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

The Lady From Shanghai - Whaler's Cove, Sausalito

  After leaving Acapulco Elsa's yacht Circe drops anchor off Whaler's Cove in Sausalito, a small town on the edge of San Francisco Bay just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.  Below is a 1937 photo of the cove, taken in the year the bridge was inaugurated.


Then ...  A small tender brings Elsa in to shore.  The San Francisco skyline, the Bay Bridge and Alcatraz Island can be seen in the distance.

... and Now,  the recent photo below reveals only skeletal remains of the pier.


Then ...  As the tender coasts in we see Sausalito on the left and Angel Island on the right with Belvedere and Tiburon between them (click the image to enlarge).

... and Now,  the same view today. (click the image to enlarge).


Then ...  Elsa is helped onto the pier.  Behind her is a boardwalk and beyond that the picturesque town of Sausalito climbs up the hillside.

... and Now,  there are many newer buildings crowded onto the hillside but some of them are still recognizable, including the one on the boardwalk with the twin turrets.


Then ...  O'Hara is waiting for Elsa on the pier.  In the background is the Nunes Bros. boatyard where, incidentally, the yacht Circe (Errol Flynn's yacht Zaca) was built.

... and Now,  the boatyard has succumbed to apartment buildings, as has most of the adjacent shoreline.

... in 1929 ...  This vintage photo shows the Zaca being built at Nunes Bros. boatyard. 

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