25 December 2017

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago IL, USA

The television series MARRIED WITH CHILDREN is one of the most successful sitcoms. During its run of 11 seasons 259 episodes were made. The first episode was broadcasted on 5 April 1987 by Fox Network in the United States and on 9 June 1988 by ITV in the United Kingdom.

Married with Children, season 2, episode 4, 0:16:25
The show is about the Bundy family, father Al (Ed O'Neill), mother Peggy (Katey Sagal), daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate), son Bud (David Faustino), neighbour Marcy (Amanda Bearse) and the dog Buck. They live in a Chicago suburb. As with most comedy series, all episodes were videotaped in Hollywood, but during the opening credits a few images of Chicago are seen. These differ each season but at the start of every episode, during the first notes of the opening theme - ‘Love and marriage’ by Frank Sinatra - the Buckingham Fountain is shown.
The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, the full name of the fountain, is located at 301 S. Columbus Drive in Grant Park. It was donated to the city of Chicago in 1927 by Kate S. Buckingham in memory of her brother Clarence. The structure, made from pink marble and granite, was designed by architect Edward H. Bennett while the French sculptor Marcel Loyau was responsible for the bronze figures. The design was inspired by the Latona fountain in Versailles, seen in amongst others Merveilleuse Angélique and Midnight in Paris.
Between May and October every hour a 20 minute water show occurs during which water is being shot in the air up to 150 feet. Since the opening footage was filmed, several new buildings have been added to the skyline of Chicago.
Married with Children, opening, 0:00:01
Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, 8 June 2017

Screenshots © Columbia Pictures Television/Sony Pictures Televison

6 December 2017

Kaua'i HI, USA

The film MISS SADIE THOMPSON tells the story of former nightclub dancer Sadie Thompson (Rita Hayworth) who, on her way from Honolulu to New Caledonia, gets stuck on a tropical island. She stays at a local hotel and spends some time with the American marines stationed on the island, especially Sergeant Phil O'Hara (Aldo Ray). The island is named Tusitala in the film and part of American Samoa but cannot be find on any map.

Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
All exterior scenes were filmed in May 1953 in several places on the Hawaiian island Kaua’i. Sets that were built for the film included a village, a bar and a hotel, all with a Samaon look. The location where Horn’s Hotel was constructed is now the site of a real hotel, the Kaua’i Marriott Resort. Kaua’i, also known as the Garden Island, is one of the wettest places in the world. In the film it also rains, but this shower was caused on request by the local fire brigade.
During the opening credits Wailua Beach is shown, a relatively small beach on the eastside of the island. Towards the end of the movie the beach makes a second appearance, with the Kalalea Mountains in the background, also seen during the first scene of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Miss Sadie Thompson, 0:01:19
Wailua Beach, Kaua'i, 20 June 2017
Miss Sadie Thompson, 1:21:26
Wailua Beach, Kaua'i, 20 June 2017

Sadie Thompson arrives on the island and is being welcomed by several marines. This location shoot was made in Hanalei Bay, situated in the north. The concrete pier dates from 1922, the canopy at the end was added in the 1940s. In 1992 the pier was heavily damaged by hurricane ’Iniki. The successful rescue program “Save the Pier” by the Hanalei Rotary Club made it possible to restore the structure in 2013. At the end of the film Sadie Thompson leaves the island from the same location.

Miss Sadie Thompson, 0:04:38
Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
Miss Sadie Thompson, 0:04:47
Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
Miss Sadie Thompson, 0:08:25
Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
Miss Sadie Thompson, 0:08:32
Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
Miss Sadie Thompson, 0:08:53
Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
Miss Sadie Thompson, 1:25:58
Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
Miss Sadie Thompson, 1:26:01
Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017

Hurricane ’Iniki also caused extensive damage to the Coco Palms Resort. It had opened its doors in 1953, the same year the movie was filmed. The resort was named after the many coconut palm trees that were imported from Samoa in 1896. The chapel was built especially for the film and a few years later also appeared in the movie Blue Hawaii with Elvis Presley. Since the hotel closed in 1992 it slowly deteriorated. Apparently the chapel survived the hurricane but the grounds are not open to the public. From the street we could not see the chapel, only a lot of palm trees.

Miss Sadie Thompson, 0:14:39
Coco Palms Resort, Kaua'i, 20 June 2017

On their way to the hotel the jeep gets stuck in the mud. This scene was filmed at Kalapaki Beach, nowadays surrounded by hotels and restaurants. Although not clearly visible on the screenshots, it appears that both the coastal wall on the right and the small white lighthouse where already there in 1953.

Miss Sadie Thompson, 0:20:29
Kalapaki Beach, Kaua'i, 23 June 2017
Miss Sadie Thompson, 0:20:32
Kalapaki Beach, Kaua'i, 23 June 2017
Miss Sadie Thompson, 0:49:51
Kalapaki Beach, Kaua'i, 23 June 2017

Information about the filming on location comes from The New Kaua’i Movie Book: Films made on the Garden Island by Chris Cook published in 2015.

Screenshots © Columbia Pictures