Friday, October 29, 2010

NoirCon and David Goodis revisit DARK PASSAGE in San Francisco

DARK PASSAGE (formerly entitled DARK ROAD) 
By David Goodis

(San Francisco noir: the city in film noir from 1940 to the present

 By Nathaniel Rich)

The Malloch Apartments, 1360 Montgomery Street (Between Filbert and Alta Streets).  Looking West.  Bay Bridge in distance.  The Malloch Apartments were designed were designed in the streamline Modern style by Irvin Goldstine and Jack S. and J. Rolph Malloch, a father-and-son architect team who were its first residents.  The four story, white and silver building stands justa block south of the edge of Telegraph Hill where Montgomery Street splits into two levels, and is sheltered by English hawthorne trees, giant draecaena, and a bright shrub of pink geraniums.   Bogart in third floor, front window.

Note the frosted Art Nouveau Window

Two forty foot high sgraffito murals by Alfred DuPont cover its north and west walls.  One mural depicts Commerce, a strong barrel chested figure who cradles the earth in his arms.  At the bottom, a freighter passes under the Bay Bridge, which was completed the same year as the Malloch.

North Wall at Filbert and Montgomery, Commerce

North Wall at Filbert and Montgomery, Commerce

The current resident of Irene Jansen's third floor apartment  has posted in her window a card board cut-out of Bogart. 

West Wall at Alta and Montgomery, the mural depicts Discovery, at whose feet sit a compass and a gold-rush-era clipper.

Coit Tower looking up from 1360 Montgomery Street

The famous elevator in DARK PASSAGE.  A young Bogart retracing the steps.  This is the most remarkable feature of the Malloch Building.  It can be accessed via a silver door in the building's lobby.  The frosted glass elevator is exposed is exposed to the street and backlit, so that you can see the elevator rising in the night (as seen in DARK PASSAGE), as if through liquid silver.

Frosted window on third floor outside of Irene Jensen's apartment.

Looking up the Filbert Steps toward Montgomery Street

Steps leading from the hill above to the Malloch Apartments at Filbert and Montgomery Streets.

Upper street where Bogart saw Madge Rapf leaving Irene Jansen's apartment

Moving east across town to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Location of  Bogart throwing Clifton Young (Baker) off the rock to his death at Fort Point.

Vincent Perry goes in search of Madge Rapf at Greenwich and Hyde Streets.

Madge Rapf (Agnes Moorehead)

Madge Rapf and Vincent Perry at her apartment

Fire escape Bogart climbs down after Madge Rapf falls to her death. 

Hyde and Greewich Streets

Bogart waiting for the trolley car to get away from the scene of the crime

Looking North on Hyde Street towards Alcatraz

1 comment:

  1. You are using my copyrighted photos without permission. Kindly remove them from your site, as you are violating copyright law.