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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

The Lineup - Dancer's Demise

  The desperate Dancer uses Cindy as a human shield to hold off the police ...


Then ...  He pushes her away and tries to jump the gap across the barriers to the adjacent roadway but is felled by a police bullet and drops to the street far below.  Insp. Quine and Lt.Guthrie witness his demise as justice is harshly served.

... and Now,  the same view (below) is mostly blocked by new buildings such as the Infinity condominiums on the right.


Then ...  As the police wrap up, director Siegel's panning camera ends the movie with a fine sweeping vista (below) from the I-480 freeway.  At far right Folsom Street runs east towards the Bay with the Bay Bridge beyond.  The Ferry Building is at dead center and to its left the skyline is punctuated by the Southern Pacific Building, the conjoined PG&E and Matson Buildings, Angel Island, Coit Tower and at far left, the majestic Shell Building.

... and Now,  it's not possible to duplicate the exact view now that the freeway is no longer there but below is the best CitySleuth could do - taken from above First Street on the Bay Bridge's westbound Fremont Street exit ramp, just a half-block away from the movie's location (map).  The multiplicity of new buildings obstruct the distant views but you can still see the Shell Building, at 100 Bush Street across Market at the top of First Street (at far left, marked with the arrow), and the Bay Bridge at far right.

... and Now,  the recent photo below taken from the newly constructed 60 story One Rincon Hill residential tower vividly illustrates the proliferation of highrise buildings in the Financial District since the movie was made.  The I-480 freeway used to run along the dotted line at bottom alongside Folsom Street and the lower arrow points to where the final scene was filmed (CitySleuth's 'Now' photo above was taken from the elevated ramp just above this arrow).  Two of the landmarks pointed out in the movie's panorama can be seen in this view - the upper arrow points to the Shell Building and Coit Tower is in the upper right quadrant.

The Lineup -  Dancer's Demise

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