Saturday, July 29, 2006


Chinatown was written by San Pedro native Robert Towne and directed by Roman Polanski in 1974. It's been on many "best of all time lists" and is probably one of the best movies shot in Pedro (according to movie critcs, so take it with a grain of salt.)

These scenes were shot in the Point Fermin/Sunken City area, and you can see Walker's Cafe in this first shot.
Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) tails Hollis Mulwray (Darrel Zwerling) to where water is secretly being let into the sea. You can see the pipe in the second picture.

The Point Fermin lighthouse is visible in the third pic, where Detective Loach and Lieutenant Escobar accompany Jake down to the cliffs to see the water drain out, but that never happens. This doesn't make those officers too happy.


Welcome again!

Hello to any visitors I have via the More San Pedro article about this site! I'll be putting up some more stuff later today, so look around, and feel free to check back periodically.

Films I have sreencaps from already (that aren't on the site yet):

Alex & Emma (Ports o' Call)
Being John Malkovich (47 Freeway, Schuyler Heim bridge)
Beverly Hills Ninja (steaming pile of... ahem, Sunken City)
Chinatown (Pt. Fermin Park, Walker's)
Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000) (Terminal Island, Vincent Thomas Bridge, old Passenger Terminal)
Gone In 60 Seconds (1974) (Terminal Island, V. T. Bridge)
Knight Rider (First TV show, definitely not the last!) (9th and Pacific)
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (47 Freeway, Schuyler Heim bridge)
Out Cold (Little known murder farce, mostly shot in Pedro!) (7th St., Terminal Island)
Swing Shift (Grand Cottages, 9th St., Sunken City)
The Rock (Sunken City, Battery Farley, 37th & Carolina, 7th & Center)
Truck Turner (7th & Beacon, "City Hall")

If you have any suggestions, especially TV shows and older stuff (Tarzan! King Kong! Modern Times!) let me know in the comments section, or via email: devodobbs (at ) yahoo (dot) com.

If you have specific scene info, that also would be helpful.

Monday, July 10, 2006


Hello to any new visitors I may have since yesterday's book signing and walking tour! Please look around my little website, and feel free to leave comments!

If you are confused, I am refering to an in-store event at William's Book Store for Harry Medved's book Hollywood Escapes.

The official website is right here.