‘Experiment Alcatraz’

experalcusetwo The inmates are transported to the old Montgomery Barracks in the Presidio at the upper left. Just a few years ago when I did the comparison at the lower left, the area was, relatively, quiet. Now thanks to the popularity of the Walt Disney Museum in the barracks, there’s a new lawn, pay parking, (Oh, well!) and a great museum to enjoy. (Thumbnail image)

‘Experiment Alcatraz’

ExpAlcatrazredo Sometimes, our government isn’t, entirely, honest with us. (No!!!) In the 1950 film ‘Experiment Alcatraz’ some of the island’s most notorious inmates are secretly transported to an army location to test the side effects of an experimental medication that may curb their criminal drive with the promise of a parole for testing the serum. The project appears to go terribly wrong when some of the prisoners develop uncontrollable homicidal urges! “Well, that didn’t work!”

‘A Night Out’ (1)

nightouttwo  Charlie Chaplin loved shooting outdoors, and he scouted his film locations himself. While shooting in Niles Calif. in 1915, he traveled up to Oakland to film scenes for ‘A Night Out’. In a once ritzy apartment area near Lake Merritt, the two buildings he filmed in front of still exist. The plot is simple, Chaplin, and Ben Turpin go out for a night on the town, get drunk, and fall down a lot. That’s all you really have to know. (Thumbnail image)

‘A Jitney Elopement’ (Thumbnail image)


Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the films made by Charlie Chaplin in Niles California.. This scene is from the 1915 comedy short ‘A Jitney Elopement’ filmed mostly in Golden Gate Park and along the Great Highway. Here, Charlie and his leading lady, Edna Purviance, are being chased south along the Great Highway while eloping, by Edna’s father and suitor, Count Chloride de Lime. Automobiles were, relatively new then, and Charlie, probably, wasn’t a very good driver anyway, so, naturally, he backs into their car!

Death in the City – ‘On the Beach’

onthebeach1use An empty Golden Gate Bridge is shown as Gregory Peck’s submarine enters San Francisco Bay under it to determine if there’s any life left in the city. (There isn’t) This scene would be easier to make this year as the Golden Gate Bridge will be shut down entirely within the next few weeks of this post, for the first time since it opened to install a barrier to prevent accidents between north and south bound traffic. (Thumbnail image)