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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers - Rat Turd Caper

Then ...  Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), a field investigator for the City's health department, conducts a surprise visit at a swanky french restaurant.  The staff stiffen in anticipation as he walks in. 

... and Now,  it was reader Larry Nussbaum  who pointed CitySleuth to this location, identifying it as the kitchen at Bimbo's 365 Club at 1025 Columbus Avenue in North Beach (map).  It's amazing how little this kitchen has changed over the last 40 years.  Even down to the hanging pots.


Then ...  Matthew, on a mission, marches in with the owner in tow.

... and Now,  the same corner today, with all of the equipment still intact and operational.  The opening shot in this post was filmed from the doorway at right.


    He is thorough ... he finds a rat turd in a pan of soup.  When the affronted owner (Jerry Walter) insists it's a caper ("cay-perrr") Matthew smirkingly suggests he eat it.   But he balks, whereupon he is told a health violation notice will be filed.  (Sadly, actor Jerry Walter died of a heart attack a few weeks after this movie was released, at age 53).


Then ...  When he leaves, Matthew discovers that disgruntled staff have smashed his windscreen, with a wine bottle, no less.

... and Now,  this was filmed at the rear of Bimbo's.  A private property sign, updated, is still there; so too is the horse-head hitching post.


Then ...  He drives out along the narrow cul-de-sac, Houston Street, that runs alongside the north edge of the club past its side entrance.  A large billboard and a 7up sign are seen across Columbus Avenue at the alley's end.

... and Now,  there's still an awning over the side entrance and the overhead lights seen above are still there.  So too is the billboard across Columbus and a (repositioned) 7up sign.


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