The etched and frosted glass-adorned main entrance for 1360 Montgomery, where key scenes in Dark Passage, featuring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were filmed. In the movie, Bacall helped Bogart, an innocent man wrongly-accused of murder, elude capture after his escape from San Quentin.
Film noir enthralls me. These black-and-white films of the '30s, '40s and '50s and their snappy dialogue, suspenseful stories and simple romance are pure escapism, worthy of multiple viewings. Some of the genre's best were made in San Francisco, including Dark Passage, The Maltese Falcon and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. Recently I was staying in an apartment around the corner from 1360 Montgomery building, at Union and Montgomery in the Telegraph Hill Historic District. I didn't realise my proximity to cinematic history, until my friend Tangobaby reminded me of the address.
The afternoon I arrived in San Francisco after a long absence, I took photos of this stunning Art Deco building, unaware of its film connection.
Steps leading from the hill above to the Malloch Apartments at Filbert and Montgomery Streets.
The apartment building with the sleek lines of an oceanliner has Art Deco exterior murals and glorious views overlooking San Francisco Bay.
Coit Tower, another famous Art Deco landmark, as seen at twilight from the hill at Union Street, opposite 1360 Montgomery. Check back Thursday for more photos of the tower and its amazing interior murals, painted under the first New Deal federal employment program for artists.
This is first of a series of posts about San Francisco.