“Please, I scare easy.”

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At 01:21:18 Scorpio is limping toward a liquor store in a dark and seedy location.

There are very few clues to figure out where this was filmed but then at 01:21:19 the Port of San Francisco Ferry Building appears in the background – to the left of Scorpio (below).

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The Port of San Francisco Ferry Building to the left

The Port of San Francisco Ferry Building to the left

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Then there are more clues at 01:21:28 (below). At right, there is canopy above a doorway that says “Embarcadero”, at centre, above the liquor store doorway is the number “148”, and at left, one stone in the wall is a different colour to all the others.

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3 clues

3 clues

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The grey stone to the left of the Liquor Store can be seen again at 01:21:18 (below).

Grey stone (circled) to the left of the Liquor Store

Grey stone (circled) to the left of the Liquor Store

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In 2009, the liquor store is gone and the lower front of the building has been extensively remodelled. The location is 148 The Embarcadero which used to sit under the shadow of the now demolished Embarcadero Freeway.

Nowadays, the building is the Hotel Griffon, and where the liquor store was, there’s now a Perry’s restaurant. Look closely and you can see that the fire escape, windows, and the triangular ornamentation above each window is the same.

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148 The Embarcadero

148 The Embarcadero

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The grey stone is still there and is a dedication to the neighbouring Embarcadero YMCA (below):

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"Dedicated to Christian Manhood 1926"

"Dedicated to Christian Manhood 1926"

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Here’s the same dedication stone in perspective with the rest of the building:

YMCA dedication stone next to 148 Embarcadero

YMCA dedication stone next to 148 Embarcadero

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Where there was once a freeway now palm trees lead to the Ferry Building (below):

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Where once there was a freeway, now there are palm trees

Where once there was a freeway, now there are palm trees

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For perspective on how the Embarcadero Freeway used to go over the top of 148 Embarcadero, here’s an image off the web taken in 1972 (source). Look centre right and you’ll see ‘YMCA’ on the side of the building peeking over the freeway.

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YMCA next to Embarcadero Freeway 1972 (Telstar Logistics)

YMCA next to Embarcadero Freeway 1972 (Telstar Logistics)

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It seems the good folks at Hotel Griffon also visit this blog. Click the image below to visit their FaceBook page:

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Hotel Griffon on FaceBook - Feb 2010

Hotel Griffon on FaceBook - Feb 2010

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The Hotel Griffon is directly opposite Pier 14 (below):

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The Hotel Griffon is directly opposite Pier 14

The Hotel Griffon is directly opposite Pier 14

5 Responses to “Please, I scare easy.”

  1. Sf Movie Lover says:

    I hope the Hotel Griffon gave you CREDIT for pointing out the details you worked so hard to write. WELL DONE!!!

  2. Chris F says:

    Incredible – I’ve just returned to the UK from SF and I found this site through a google search.

    While in SF I stayed in the Griffin, right in the room above “Perry’s”

    Never would have imagined I was above the spot where Scorpio took out the shopkeeper.

    Great site bye the way !!

  3. Dan says:

    Excellent blog! The building was the ‘Embarcadero Hotel’ back in the 1970’s, one of the shabby waterfront hotels underneath the elevated Embarcadero Freeway. As you described, there was a liquor store in the lower left corner.
    This site was also used several times in the famous TV crime drama ‘The Streets of San Francisco’ starring Award-winning actors Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. Really the skidrow section of The Embarcadero back then!

  4. mgd777 says:

    So interesting! I really need to do a Dirty Harry tour when out in SF this coming October.

  5. Tom Horn says:

    This is a great site dude you went to a lot of work finding and photographing all those place. And then documenting all of it, putting it online. Must of took months. I loved San Francisco when I was out there. It was quite some time ago bet it has changed a lot.
    Why do they call San Francisco “Gay Bay?” I never did figure that one out.
    Good work, best regards!

    Tom

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