Category: Travel Tales

The Maltese Falcon: The Scene of the Crime

The Maltese Falcon: The Scene of the Crime

The Maltese Falcon begins with the murder of Sam Spade's partner Miles Archer, a crime that takes place in a fog-shrouded San Francisco alley. As portrayed in John Houston's 1941 film, however, the location of the murder seems rather puzzling. After an establishing shot of a street sign -- the intersection of Bush St. and Stockton … Continue reading The Maltese Falcon: The Scene of the Crime

Return to the Scene of the Martian Invasion

Return to the Scene of the Martian Invasion

Seventy-five years ago today, playwright Howard E. Koch had less than a week to write the script for the next episode of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air. Producer John Houseman had given him the assignment: Dramatize H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds as a radio play. Koch knew he would have to … Continue reading Return to the Scene of the Martian Invasion

That’s Right, It’s ‘Times’ Square

That’s Right, It’s ‘Times’ Square

During a recent trip to New York to document Lance Weiler's Head Trauma movie and interactive "alternate reality game" at the Museum of the Moving Image, I strolled around midtown Manhattan and stumbled across the new New York Times building at 620 8th Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets, across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. It's … Continue reading That’s Right, It’s ‘Times’ Square