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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Sudden Fear - An Old Flame Shows Up

  At a party at Myra's house who should show up but Irene Neves (the sultry shady lady of noir Gloria Grahame), an old flame of Lester's.  She is accompanying Myra's attorney's partner Junior Kearney (Mike Connors, in his first movie).  Lester, surprised, is not amused but goes through the introduction pleasantries as though it were the first time they had met.


Then ...  Lester catches up with her at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor fine arts museum in Lincoln Park (map).  This shot also captures the statue of the 11th century Spanish warrior El Cid in the foreground.  In 1958 the Palace became best known in the movies as a Vertigo location.

... and Now,  trees have grown but nothing else has changed.  Interesting that the copper stains on the plinth are virtually identical, having stabilized after the early staining for at least 60 years.  The city authorities might take note of this and clean the pedestal!


Then ...  Inside, Irene (wearing the hat) is listening to an organ recital.  (On a trivia note, the organist was playing J S Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring).  Lester enters and drags her outside.

... and Now,  the organ console, of finest walnut, is still there in Gallery 10 and organ recitals are played every weekend.  The 4500 pipe organ was commisioned by the Spreckels family and built by the Ernest M Skinner Organ Company of Boston for the opening of the Palace in 1924.  Amazingly, when CitySleuth stopped by, the same statue over on the right was on display!


Then ...  Against one of the exterior pillars and with El Cid in the background, Lester asks Irene to work on Junior Kearney to find out the details of a major transfer of her wealth that he's heard  Myra is planning.  Irene agrees ... "I'll turn him inside out!"

... and Now,  from the same spot, the view looks to the Marin Headlands across the Golden Gate.

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