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The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Oct 17th, 2017 | By | Category: Haunted Hollywood, This and That

I am into some admittedly weird stuff – murders, hauntings, all things macabre.  But a place I learned about while planning my 2016 trip to Pennsylvania seemed even a bit too morbid for me.  As DK Eyewitness Travel Guide described, The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia exhibits “curious and unusual items, including preserved specimens and wax anatomical and pathological models.”  While the book’s photograph of The Mütter’s display of 139 real human skulls had me drooling, I feared the site might […]



The Dorchester from “Mannequin”

Dec 2nd, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I’ve made no secret of my love for Mannequin over the past few months.  As I’ve mentioned, my sole reason for heading to Philadelphia this past September was to stalk locales from the 1987 comedy, one of which was The Dorchester, the building where Jonathan Switcher’s (Andrew McCarthy) girlfriend Roxie (Carole Davis) lived.  (You can read my posts on Jonathan’s apartment here and the eatery where Jonathan and Roxie dined here.  And don’t worry, I will be writing an extensive article on Wanamaker’s department store […]



Reading Terminal Market from “National Treasure”

Nov 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Philadelphians really know their filming locations!  During our visit to the City of Brotherly Love, the Grim Cheaper and I stalked Reading Terminal Market, an enclosed public emporium and city icon that was featured in a memorable scene in National Treasure.  While there, I was determined to figure out the exact area of the bustling 78,000-square-foot space that appeared in the 2004 adventure flick and asked a woman at the Pennsylvania General Store (the cookies there are amazing, FYI!) if she happened to know.  Now […]



The Franklin Institute from “National Treasure”

Nov 16th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I am not a fan of museums.  Like at all.  My dislike stems mainly from the fact that, if given the choice, I’d much prefer to be outdoors than indoors.  There were quite a few on my list of must-see places in Philadelphia, though, including Eastern State Penitentiary (which I wouldn’t even really classify as a museum – you can read my post on it here), the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (which I will be blogging about soon), and The […]



“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Basketball Court

Nov 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how my friend Owen found the basketball court from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  (That’s Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, for those who don’t read my site regularly.)  Back in June 2011, he became bound and determined to track down the court, which was featured prominently each week in the popular NBC series’ opening credits.  At the time, it was one of Owen’s top three most-wanted yet-to-be found spots, […]



Chez Jacques from “Mannequin”

Nov 7th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – I hate incorrect filming location information!  Case in point – while researching Mannequin locales prior to my recent trip to Philadelphia, I came across a mention online that the movie’s restaurant scene was shot at the now defunct Dewey’s Famous on Locust and 15th.  A cursory Google search told me a few things – that the eatery closed at some point in the mid-80s, later became a bank and then an outpost of […]



Jonathan’s Apartment from “Mannequin”

Nov 4th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I wanted to go to Philadelphia for one reason and one reason only – to stalk Mannequin locations.  The 1987 comedy is one of my all-time favorites.  I loved it as a kid and love it even more today.  It has pretty much everything I could ever want in a film.  A mannequin that magically comes to life?  Check.  A dance/music montage?  Check.  A fabulous female lead who goes through countless costume changes?  Check.  Throw in the fact that the story centers around a window […]



Eastern State Penitentiary

Oct 28th, 2016 | By | Category: Haunted Hollywood, Movie Locations

Prior to traveling anywhere, I read copious amounts about the place I plan on visiting.  Copious amounts, from sources including books, magazines, websites, guides, and blogs.  My favorite travel guides are the Eyewitness Travel books published by DK.  Before my recent trip back east, during which we visited Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, I purchased DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia & The Pennsylvania Dutch Country.  As usual, it did not disappoint and chronicled countless sites I was interested in visiting while in the City of […]