Harold And Maude - Dead Hearse
Then ... In the previous post Harold turned off Highway 1 in Pacifica towards the Mori Point trail head. Next we see him driving his Jaguar hearse on a trail around an S-bend.
... and Now, Here's the same S-bend today. It's part of the Lishumsha trail that leads directly to Mori Point (map). It has seen some changes - the two trails joining from the left are gone, a new trail branches off at upper right and at the bottom the trail straightens out. Click or tap the image to highlight the changes since Harold's drive-by.
Citysleuth verified this location by overlaying a 1980 aerial image with a recent one (the arrow points to the spot where Harold's Jaguar hearse was in the Then image above). Click or tap it to see the changes.
Looking back from the S-bend, CitySleuth has indicated the hilltop where the camera that filmed this scene was positioned.
Harold And Maude location fanatics can find their way to the S-bend from Highway 1 (on the right) using this trail map.
Then ... The trail continues on to the top of Mori Point. As Harold drives up we see Pacifica spread out along the coast with Mount Tamalpais and the hills of Marin County in the distance at left.
... and Now, in today's view there's a feature not there in the movie - the Pacifica pier, constructed two years later in 1973. It carried a sewer pipe a quarter mile out from the shore to dump its miasmic effluent prior to a wastewater treatment plant coming on line years later.
Then ... A collective gasp from the audience as the Jaguar plunges over the cliff edge near Mori Point - it glints in the sunlight just below the cliff top (click the image for a closer look).
... and Now, CitySleuth risked life and limb scrambling to a spot near the cliff edge that afforded a similar view. All in a day's work.
The car lands wheels up with a resounding thud. Say it ain't so! Can the movie really end on such a shocking note?
Then ... Pheww! The camera slowly pans up and we see Harold standing at the cliff edge looking down to the crashed vehicle. Somehow he got out in time, wickedly feigning his suicide just as he did several times earlier in the movie.
... and Now, there's been erosion over the years but the cliff face is still very recognizable. The lady who happened to be walking her dog when CitySleuth took this matching shot had no idea she was standing so close to where Harold was.
Then ... The movie ends as Harold picks out 'If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out' on his banjo strings while doing a little jig. This upbeat ending, suggesting he will get over his loss, won out in a scriptwriting debate over an alternative ending that would have kept Harold in the crashing car.
... and Now, this view today is for the most part just the same.