Movies & TV Shows Filmed in Sausalito
Many movies and TV series have included shots of Sausalito. Some of the town’s most prominent appearances include:
The Lady from Shanghai (1947), with Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles (above, in front of what was the old Sally Stanford’s Valhalla Inn); also directed by Welles. A similar shot from today is just below, although changes in the Sausalito Boardwalk and different lens angles prevent the two photos from being identical. The white house in the upper left in 1947 is still present in 2009 at the left edge, now painted earth tones.
Dear Brigitte (1965) with Jimmy Stewart.
Play It Again, Sam (1972) with Woody Allen. Look for Allen walking into one restaurant and then being inside another. Interiors were used at The Trident, but exteriors depict The Spinnaker. Maybe adding a “The” to the name of your restaurant really does help you break into the movies!
Jack (1996) with Robin Williams has a scene on Caledonia near the old (now razed) Police Station, which is now the location of our shiny new police station.
Mother (1996) with Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds.
Funny People (2009), starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, caused traffic problems on Bridgeway the week of January 19. All was forgiven once we saw our town again on the Big Screen. In a town with a population of 7,000, over 10,000 people claimed to have personally met and talked with (or stalked, as the case may be) one or both of the stars.
Parenthood (TV Pilot, 2009) Filming on Liberty Dock, at City Hall and along Caledonia on April 29, 2009.
Streets of San Francisco (TV series, 1973 Episode) shows Michael Douglas and Karl Malden investigating a case at the old Alta Mira Hotel in Sausalito. Click here for a yesterday and today comparison of this shot from the movie. Although the classic high-end “Grande Dame of Sausalito” hotel has now been converted into a high-priced rehabilitation center, the building’s exterior looks remarkably similar to the 1973 version shown in the show.
Vertigo (1958) Alfred Hitchcock’s classic with James Stewart and Kim Novak only shows Sausalito from long range, but you still get some great vistas.