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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

D.O.A. - Philips Import-Export Office

  A significant plot change now occurs which moves the rest of the movie's action to Los Angeles.  The stricken Bigelow learns that a Eugene Philips who had an Import-Export business in the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles had been urgently trying to contact him, but had suddenly died.  Bigelow suspects a link to his condition and catches the next plane south.

Then ...  Bigelow enters the building.  Sure enough, this is the lobby of the historic Bradbury Building at 304 Broadway and 3rd Street in downtown Los Angeles.

D.O.A. -  Philips Import-Export Office

... and Now,  the same interior today, lit by natural light from an overhead skylight.

D.O.A. -  Philips Import-Export Office

  Another recent photo (below) shows the soaring lobby in more detail.  The striking interior architecture has made this building a popular location choice over the years for many other movies (Blade Runner, Disclosure, Lethal Weapon 4), TV series (77 Sunset Strip, Mission Impossible) and music videos (Janet Jackson, Genesis), to name just a few.

D.O.A. -  Philips Import-Export Office

... and Now,  Here's the exterior of the  Bradbury Building today, pretty much as it has looked since the day it was built in 1893.

D.O.A. -  Philips Import-Export Office

 

  In Phillips' office Bigelow meets the company controller Mr. Halliday (William Ching), and his secretary Miss Foster (Beverly Garland).  They tell him Philips had committed suicide but they are less than helpful, evasive even, on why Philips had called him.

D.O.A. -  Philips Import-Export Office

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