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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Pal Joey (1957)

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The Movie

     Pal Joey the movie, directed by George Sydney, was released 17 years after Pal Joey the musical.  It retained about half of the Broadway show's Rogers and Hart tunes and added a few more for good measure.  The leading man was changed from a dancer (Gene Kelly) to a crooner (naturally, since that's what Frank Sinatra did) and the Chicago setting became San Francisco, deeming it a candidate for this blog.  Hollywood's contribution of luxuriant scenes, costumes and music (arranged by Nelson Riddle) guaranteed the movie a successful reception with critics and at the box office.  Several Oscar and Golden Globe nominations followed and Sinatra won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical.

   (Watch the lighthearted trailer complete with samples of great songs by Sinatra,  Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer) and Kim Novak (dubbed by Trudy Erwin).

The Story

    Joey Evans (Sinatra) was a wise-cracking semi-likeable crooner who women fawned over even as he treated them as chattel.  He is thrown out of town by the local police for bedding the mayor's under-age daughter but lands on his feet singing in San Francisco's red light district.  He soon meets the older but wealthy Vera Prentice-Simpson (Hayworth, close to 3 years younger than him in real life) and the younger chorus girl Linda English (Novak).  They both angle for marriage but he resists until one of them softens his heart.

The Locations

  1. One Way Ticket   Spenger's Fish Grotto, 1919 4th Street, Berkeley, California---   Berkeley Train Station, 4th Street at University Avenue, Berkeley, California
  2. West Coast Arrival   Oakland Pier, 7th Street, Oakland---  Ferry Building, San Francisco
  3. International Settlement   Pacific Avenue between Kearny and Montgomery---  Bella Pacific, 560 Pacific---  Arabian Nights, 592 Pacific---  Barbary Coast, 533 Pacific
  4. Vera Simpson's Mansion - 1   Coit Tower (virtual location), Pioneer Park, Telegraph Hill
  5. Joey Finds A Room   1250 Taylor Street, Nob Hill
  6. Pet Shop   517 Pacific Avenue, Jackson Square
  7. Vera Simpson's Mansion - 2   Coit Tower (virtual location), Pioneer Park, Telegraph Hill
  8. Vera's Yacht Vera   West Harbor, Marina Boulevard, the Marina
  9. Club Chez Joey   2080 Washington Street, Pacific Heights
  10. A Happy Ending   2080 Washington Street, Pacific Heights---  Near St Francis Yacht Club, the Marina

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