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The Marsh House from “Happy Land”

Jan 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Since we’re on the subject of McDonald Avenue (you can read Wednesday’s post about the McDonald Mansion from Pollyanna here), I figured I should write about another of its famous homes.  While doing research on the picturesque Santa Rosa street, one of the area’s most oft-filmed spots, prior to my trip up to Northern California last October, I came across a post on the Dear Old Hollywood website about Happy Land filming locations.  I had never heard of the 1943 drama prior to reading the […]



The McDonald Mansion from “Pollyanna”

Jan 18th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I am fully aware that I have a hyperbolic nature.  I use words like “favorite,” “best,” and “most” a LOT.  Caps, too, for that matter.  I wouldn’t say that I am an exaggerator, though.  I just happen to like a lot of things.  Case in point, I have more “all-time favorite” movies than I can count on one hand.  Incredibly, two of them were shot on the same street – the idyllic McDonald Avenue in Santa Rosa.  The flicks, Disney’s 1960 family drama Pollyanna and […]



Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Jan 16th, 2017 | By | Category: This and That

I will be taking today off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but will be back on Wednesday with a whole new locale!  I hope everyone has a safe holiday.



McSorley’s Old Ale House from “Rounders”

Jan 13th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

It has been said that 60% of restaurants close within a year of opening and that 80% don’t make it past year five.  Many in New York, though, have real staying power.  Take McSorley’s Old Ale House, for example.  The East Village watering hole/eatery has been around for more than 16 decades!  Yep, 16 decades!  I first learned about the place thanks to The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York while doing research for last April’s Big Apple vacay and figured […]



The Conservatory Garden from “The Girl on the Train”

Jan 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

One of my favorite places in all of Manhattan is, surprisingly, not a stalking location.  Or at least it wasn’t up until recently.  The Conservatory Garden, a six-acre oasis in East Harlem situated across from the Museum of the City of New York, is easily the most picturesque park I have ever set foot in.  I first learned about the site in 2007 thanks to Real City: New York City (sadly, the book is no longer in print, so I cannot provide a link), which […]



Donna’s House from “Rosewood”

Jan 9th, 2017 | By | Category: TV Locations

I’ve never met a police procedural I didn’t like.  When one centers around an insanely charming male lead who constantly (and comically) spars with his cynical female partner, it’s a guarantee it will make my top ten.  Such was the case with the FOX drama Rosewood, which began airing in 2015.  For those who don’t watch, the insanely charming male lead in this instance is Dr. Beaumont “Rosie” Rosewood, Jr. (Morris Chestnut) and his cynical partner is Det. Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz).  An additional […]



Orange Army-Navy from “That Thing You Do!”

Jan 6th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Another day, another That Thing You Do! locale.  It is one of my all-time favorite movies, after all!  In early December, the Grim Cheaper and I found ourselves in the O.C. and decided to head out to Old Towne Orange to do some Christmas shopping.  While perusing the charming streets and boutiques, I was reminded of a few spots from the 1995 film that I had stalked, but had yet to blog about, namely the Starbucks/Wells Fargo where Chad (Giovanni Ribisi) broke his arm, which […]



The Old Towne Orange Starbucks from “That Thing You Do!”

Jan 4th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

“We met at Starbucks.  Not at the same Starbucks, but we saw each other at different Starbucks across the street from each other.”  So says Meg Swan (Parker Posey) about meeting her husband, Hamilton (Michael Hitchcock), in the 2000 comedy Best in Show.  (You can watch the hilarious scene here.)  Meg might well have been describing the two outposts of the coffee giant in Old Towne Orange, which are situated across the plaza from each other.  As fate would have it, both are filming locations!  […]



Happy New Year!

Jan 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: This and That

I would like to wish a very happy new year to all of my fellow stalkers!  Since today is being considered a holiday, I decided to take it off, too!  Come Wednesday, I will resume my regular postings.  As was the case last year, because I am writing for several other websites, I will only be publishing new posts here every other day.  Happy 2017!  I hope the new year brings much health, happiness and good fortune to all!



“Christmas with the Kranks” Studio Locations

Dec 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Since I have been on such a Christmas with the Kranks kick as of late, I thought I’d finish out this year’s Yuletide posts by blogging about the movie’s studio locations.  The 2004 comedy was unusual in that it utilized the backlots of not one, not two, but three different L.A.-area studios!

The main backlot set featured in Christmas with the Kranks was the Hemlock Street neighborhood at the now defunct Downey Studios, formerly located at 12214 Lakewood Boulevard in Downey.  The residential complex, which took […]