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          Moving pictures got their start in 1878 when Leland Stanford placed a $20,000 bet.  He hired photographer Eadweard Muybridge to prove that the four hooves of a running horse are all off the ground at the same time.  Still photos were mounted on a carousel and spun so that the horse appeared to be moving.  Stanford won $20,000, and the world’s first moving picture later debuted in San Francisco.
          In preparation for a visit to San Francisco, or in remembrance of a trip past, the following movies are fun to watch.  All were shot on location in San Francisco:

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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962; Burt Lancaster; NR)
The Birds (1963; Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshett; PG13)
Bullitt (1968; Steve McQueen; NR)
The Conversation (1974; Gene Hackman; PG)
Crackers (1984; Donald Sutherland, Sean Penn; PG)
Dark Passage (1947; Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall; NR)
Dirty Harry (1971; Clint Eastwood; R)
D.O.A. (1950; Edmond O’Brien; NR)
Experiment in Terror (1962; Lee Remick; NR)
48 Hours (1982; Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy; R)
Foul Play (1978; Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase; PG)
A Free Soul (1931; Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Clark Gable; NR)
The Graduate (1967; Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross; PG)
Greed (1925; Erich Von Stroheim; NR)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967; Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier,
          Katherine Hepburn; NR)
Harold and Maude (1971; Ruth Gordon; xx)
Interview with the Vampire (1994; Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt; R)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978; Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy; PG)
Jagged Edge (1986; Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges; R)
La Mission (2009; Benjamin Bratt; R)
The Maltese Falcon (1941; Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor; NR)
Milk (2008; Sean Penn, Josh Brolin; R)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993; Robin Williams, Sally Field; PG13)
Pacific Heights (1990; Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton; R)
Pal Joey (1957; Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra; NR)
Patty Hearst (1988; Natasha Richardson; R)
Petulia (1968; George C. Scott, Julie Christie; R)
Play It Again, Sam (1972; Woody Allen; PG)
The Presidio (1988; Sean Connery, Mark Harmon; R)
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006; Will Smith, Jaden Smith; PG13)
Rent (2005; Rosario Dawson; PG13)
San Francisco (1936; Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald; NR)
Sister Act (1993; Whoopi Goldberg; PG)
So I Married an Axe Murderer (1963; Mike Meyers; PG13)
Star Trek IV--The Voyage Home (1986; Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner; PG)
Sudden Fear (1952; Joan Crawford, Jack Palance; NR)
The Towering Inferno (1974; Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, William Holden;               PG)
True Believer (1989; James Woods, Robert Downey Jr.; R)
Vertigo (1958; James Stewart, Kim Novak; PG)
A View to a Kill (1985; Roger Moore, Grace Jones; PG)
What’s Up, Doc? (1972; Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal; G)
Woman in Red (1984; Gene Wilder; PG-13)
Zodiac (2007; Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.; R)

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