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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Petulia - Brutal Beating

    The story suddenly takes a dark turn when Archie returns to his apartment and finds Petulia bleeding and unconcious on the floor, the victim of a brutal beating at the hands of her husband David who is nowhere to be seen.


Then ...  A distraught Archie leads the way as the paramedics carry her out out of the building on a stretcher.

... and Now,  this is the rear exit from 307 Filbert.  The stairs lead to Alta Street, a cul-de-sac off Montgomery between the Filbert Steps and Union Street.  In the recent photo below, the cottage seen above, #106, has been replaced by another building.


Then ...  The stretcher is loaded onto an ambulance as a bunch of curious onlookers (members and friends of the Grateful Dead band) crowd around and gawk.  From the left, Jerry Garcia (pre-beard), Bob Weir, Rosie McGee (a friend of the band) and Danny Rifkin, the band's manager.  The person next to him is unidentified and the cop at right is Morgan Upton of the Committee improv group.

... and Now,  the ambulance was parked in front of 103/105 Alta Street, looking much the same now as it did then.


    In the briefest of cameo roles Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead bid her a bemused farewell with Bob saying "Goodbye, Mama".  Interesting choice of drink for Jerry ... coke.  Somebody has a sense of humor.

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