Saturday, December 1, 2012

Vertigo (1958)

dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Detective Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) pursuing a criminal - this was filmed on a studio set with rear projection footage added. The Brocklebank Apartments building is visible in the background.

Midge's (Barbara Bel Geddes) apartment - This was filmed on a studio set but the rear projection footage presents an accurate view of Russian Hill from the top of Union Street. It's consistent with the later episode when Scottie drives Midge home and we get a glimpse of the building at 296 Union Street. The house has been torn down and replaced with a new four-story building.

Scottie goes to see Gavin Elster (Tom Hellmore) at the shipyards - The entrance to the paint department at Paramount Studios. Thanks to Stanley Gilbert for the correction.

Ernie's Restaurant where Scottie first sees Madeleine (Kim Novak) – 847 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California. Ernie's exterior and interior were recreated on a studio set. The restaurant closed in the early 1990s, and now this is some nondescript office building.

Madeleine's home – Brocklebank Apartments, 1000 Mason Street, San Francisco, California

Scottie sees Madeleine entering the back door of Podesta Baldocchi's - Claude Lane looking toward Sutter Street, San Francisco, California

Scottie watches Madeleine buying a nosegay of flowers - Podesta Baldocchi, 224 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California. The flower shop since then has moved to 508 Fourth Street.

Scottie follows Madeleine to Mission Dolores – Dolores Street at 16th Street, San Francisco, California

The Mission cemetery

Carlotta Valdes’ grave was a studio prop placed in the cemetery. It became a tourist attraction but was later removed.

Scottie follows Madeleine to the art museum - The Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, San Francisco, California

Scottie watches Madeleine walk into the McKittrick Hotel - Portman Mansion, 1007 Gough Street, San Francisco, California. The mansion was torn down shortly after the film was made.

The church across the street was St. Paulus Lutheran Church, 950 Gough Street, San Francisco, California. It burned down in 1995. This rare picture of the church was taken by my friends a few months before the fire.

The Argosy Book Shop was filmed on a studio set. The address is given as 343 Powell but the rear projection footage shows the 200 block of Powell Street. The shop was based on a real bookstore, the Argonaut Book Shop, then located at 350 Kearny Street. The store since then has moved to 786 Sutter Street.

Scottie drives Midge home - Union Street at Calhoun Terrace, San Francisco, California. The Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Island are visible in the background.

Madeleine's leap into the Bay – Fort Point, San Francisco, California

Scottie's apartment – 900 Lombard Street, San Francisco, California. Update: The apartment entrance was renovated in 2013 and no longer looks the same.

Scottie and Madeleine among the redwoods – Big Basin State Park, Boulder Creek, California

The redwood cross-section scene – although such a cross section actually exists in Big Basin, the sequence was shot on a studio set

On the rocky ocean shore – Cypress Point, 17-mile Drive near Carmel, California

Visiting the old Spanish mission – Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 2nd Street, San Juan Bautista, California

The cloisters of San Juan Bautista

The livery stable at Mission San Juan Bautista

The church and pulpit of Mission San Juan Bautista

The church and bell tower of Mission San Juan Bautista – the bell tower didn't exist at the time of the filming and was added through matte shots. The current bell tower was built in 1976.

Scottie recovering – St. Joseph's Hospital, 351-355 Buena Vista Avenue, San Francisco, California. It’s a condominium complex now.

Scottie looking at Madeleine's apartment building, with the Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels behind him - Mason Street between Sacramento and California Streets, San Francisco, California.

Scottie sees Madeleine's look-alike Judy Barton - Grant Avenue at Post Street, San Francisco, California

Scottie follows Judy to the Empire Hotel – York Hotel, 940 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California

Scottie and Judy strolling – The Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, California

Scottie buys Judy flowers at a stand in front of Gump's - 250 Post Street, San Francisco, California. The store since then has moved to 135 Post Street but the flower stand is still there.

Scottie and Judy walking towards Ransohoffs, 259 Post Street, San Francisco, California. Ransohoffs closed in the mid-1970s.

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11 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos.
    Thank you very much.

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  2. To be perfectly accurate—the entrance to Elster's shipyard was not a set, it was the entrance to the paint department at Paramount Studios, with a little signage added to disguise it.

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  3. What a fantastic work you have done with this blog. I started looking for the Jefferson Memorial and how it looked now and then (I saw "Strangers on a Train" yesterday), and I just can´t stop looking at this all. Thank you very much.

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  4. just watched vertigo on the tube, as a lifelong fan of the city and movies, I really enjoyed your work. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you. Vertigo is one of my personal favorites and my love for the city started with it.

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  5. Great images-- then and now. San Francisco is an amazing city. Love your posts-- so interesting and thorough.

    Were the Brocklebank Apartments (1000 Mason Street) used in the 1984 film, 'The Woman In Red' (Gene Wilder/ Kelly LeBrock) ..? The scenes where Teddy was hiding from Charlotte's husband, perched on the ledge-- where passers-by presumed he was about to jump..?

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    1. >Were the Brocklebank Apartments (1000 Mason Street) used in the 1984 film, 'The Woman In Red' (Gene Wilder/ Kelly LeBrock) ..?

      Yes. They were also used in Impact (1949)

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  6. Awesome work. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for doing this!

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