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The “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Race Home Locations

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

It’s five minutes until six and everybody’s favorite truant, Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), has to beat his parents home lest they find out that he has cut school for the ninth time! (“I don’t remember him being sick nine times!”) So begins one of the most famous sequences in all of moviedom, the race home from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Though said to take place in Chicago, Ferris’ race home – as well as the rest of the 1986 comedy – was shot in both […]



Idle Time Books from “A Few Good Men”

Feb 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

There’s pretty much nothing I love more than bookstores.  They run second only to Starbucks and film locations in my book (pun intended).  If I come across a good one, I can get lost amongst the stacks for hours.  So there was no way I was leaving Washington D.C. without checking out Idle Time Books, the quaint District literary shop that made a couple of appearances in A Few Good Men, one of my all-time favorite movies.

Idle Time Books was originally established in 1981 at […]



Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center & Community Garden from “La La Land”

Jan 30th, 2017 | By | Category: 90210 & Beverly Hills, 90210 Filming Locations, Movie Locations

On paper, La La Land looked like my perfect movie.  I love Ryan Gosling.  I love Emma Stone.  I love musicals.  And I LOVE L.A.  The film just didn’t work for me, though.  I realize mine is a vastly unpopular opinion, but I found La La Land to be too long, too slow, and too melancholy.  My main beef, though?  For a flick that purports itself to be a love letter to Los Angeles, it certainly did not showcase many real area locations.  Sure there […]



The “Swingers” Party House

Jan 27th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

2016 was a great year for me as far as finding locations goes.  So many of my most-wanted unknown locales were identified.  Rod Tidwell’s home from Jerry Maguire, the Say Anything . . . amphitheatre, the Life Goes On house, the “Las Vegas” casino from the Season 4 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 titled “And Did It . . . My Way” –  I could go on and on.  Another spot that I tracked down in 2016, but haven’t gotten around to blogging about until […]



Rod Tidwell’s House from “Jerry Maguire”

Jan 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

People often ask me about my most-wanted unfound locations.  Currently, the one that tops my list is the mansion where this Beverly Hills, 90210 publicity photo was taken.  But for several years, the locale that held that spot was the Mediterranean-style residence where Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his wife, Marcee (Regina King), lived in the 1996 romcom Jerry Maguire.  Try as I might, I just could not seem to find it.  Then last June, I finally decided to call in the big guns […]



“The Awakening” Sculpture

Jan 23rd, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I am not typically a big art person.  This is mainly due to the fact that I love to be outside, especially when on vacation, so I don’t find myself frequenting museums often.  While researching Washington, D.C.-area attractions prior to my trip to the East Coast last September, though, I came across some information about a work of art that enthralled me.  Images of the piece, a massive sculpture called The Awakening, were striking and I quickly decided that I was not returning home without […]



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 […]



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 […]