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Psycho filming locations, a then and now look at Hitchcocks 1960 masterpiece, part 5


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Part 5 of the Than and now images takes us to the California town of Bakersfield.  From Gorman where the previous blog entry of the locations were discussed, Hitchcock shot in Gorman CA. and then headed down the 99 (Now the 5 freeway) through the Grapevine to the low laying Vally below. Once on the valley floor the 5 freeway forks with the old 99 giving you a choice of Sacramento on the 5 or Bakersfield on the 99. Just before you reach Bakersfield the 99 has been rerouted more to the west of down town. there is an exit called Union that veers to the NE and this is what was the original route 99 that took you to Bakersfield in 1960. Once you travel down Union for several miles you will come to the intersection of California and Union which is where Hitchcock did a short shot  from Janet Leigh’s POV.  As she crosses over California she then makes an immediate right onto Sonoma Street. The film then cuts from Bakersfield to a car lot in North Hollywood. When looking for this location I simply followed the old route 99 into Bakersfield. With my little frame grabs at hand I thought this would be an easy one to find…. I was wrong. I drove the length of that road 3 or 4 times to no avail. I figured the next best idea to try would be to find the city planning office. It wasn’t to far away from where I was and once there I had a whole slew of folks helping me find this road. One gentleman in the back office overheard what we were talking about and he hollered out, Hey that was once Sonoma street.. It’s been moved. He then called us in his office and he popped up some old street maps from the 60’s and sure enough the street had been moved. The office confirmed the location of California and Union and helped me find exactly where Sanoma Street used to connect to Union. So My camera and I were on our way to to capture the next set of then and now’s.

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here is a quick map of the intersection today with notes helping to decipher the way the roads were 50 years ago.

here is a quick map of the intersection today with notes helping to decipher the way the roads were 50 years ago.

 

 


2 Responses to “Psycho filming locations, a then and now look at Hitchcocks 1960 masterpiece, part 5”


  1. 1 Marc Fraley
    March 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    You should be a film historian! I am very impressed with your resourcefulness!

    • 2 johneaves
      March 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks… I was very surprised that this movie had not already been done with the then and now.. Most of all my favorites have and I love what everyone has done. Next on my list is Raising Arizona and Steven Spielberg’s Duel


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