Last night my friends still living in Pittsburgh, and who were downtown, managed to snap a few photos from office windows of the Bat logo shining on the face of some of the buildings. Filming for the new batman movie continues.
This got me to thinking about all of the movies that have been filmed in Pittsburgh. So I compiled this list, with some comments, mainly for myself. But why not post it up here!
Let me know if I’m missing any!
Note: This is going to take longer than I thought, so you had damn well appreciate this list. Apparently there are films missing from the Pittsburgh Film Office website… thank you Wikipedia for letting me know (oh whatever, so I use wikipedia… I have IMDB backup!) So I’ll be adding some films from that there list… Especially since they left off a film called Pittsburgh with John Wayne… WTF? Why would you leave off a film called Pittsburgh on a list of films shot in Pittsburgh?
Extra Note: Oh hey, IMDB has a list of movies filmed in Pittsburgh too…
There are 3 films listed on Wikipedia from the 1890’s….
|1898||Tancred Commandery, Pittsburgh|
|1899||Heros of Luzon|
|1899||Running Through Gallitzin Tunnel|
These all sound… fascinating.
|1901||Packing Pickle Jars||Sounds Riveting…|
|1903||Pittsburgh Fire Department in Full Run|
FINALLY getting to some films that are on the Pittsburgh Film Office list! By some, I mean one.
|1914||The Perils of Pauline||The list says this was filmed in Pitturgh, but I can’t actually find anything saying that…. so I’m crossing it off! well actually maybe a tiny part was shot there.|
|1918||Just a Woman|
|1919||Spring Fever||Starring Harold Lloyd! I don’t know who that is.|
More blockbusters right here!
|1920||The North Wind’s Malice|
|1922||In the Name of the Law|
|1926||Buy an Electric Refrigerator||This sounds ridiculously entertaining. MUST SEE NOW.|
Oh! A familiar name in film!
|1931||The Pip from Pittsburgh||What is a Pip?|
|1936||Can You Imagine|
|1939||Allegheny Uprising||Starring John Wayne! A majority of this film was shot in Lake Sherman, CA.|
|1941||The Pittsburgh Kid|
|1942||Pittsburgh||Very original title. Starring John Wayne! I hope that John Wayne appreciated his experience in PGH during these changing times.|
|1945||The Valley of Decision|
|1947||The Unconquired||This one is actually on the PFO website.|
Now we are getting to some recognizable titles and names! At least for me anyway.
|1951||Angels in the Outfield||Whoa! I had no idea that the original was filmed about the Pittsburgh Pirates! Super exciting. I think that maybe this year the angels are back with the way the Pirates have been playing lately! Staring Bing Crosby, Joe DiMaggio and Ty Cobb.|
|1951||I Was A Communist for the FBI|
|1952||No idea why this movie is on ANY list.. it wasn’t actually filmed in Pittsburgh at all.|
|1955||Umm.. This one either. DId someone just kind of feel like adding movies they thought sounded cool to the list of movies filmed in Pittsburgh?|
|1958||Some Came Running||Welcome to the ‘burgh Mr. Sinatra and Mr. Martin!|
Not a big year in Pittsburgh for films….
|1960||The Rat Race|
|1968||Night of the Living Dead||The first of many horror movies by George A. Romero in Pittsburgh. I love zombie movies.|
And BAM! Pittsburgh is a popular filming location for the first time!
|1970||Imago||No idea what this is about.|
|1971||The Affair (There’s Always Vanilla)||Another production by George A. Romero.|
|1972||Jack’s Wife (Season of the Witch)||And another one by George A. Romero. Man he was in FIRE this decade! After reading about this movie, I really want to see it.|
|1973||The Crazies||And another George A. Romero film. I should probably watch this one too. I don’t know why I haven’t watched all of his movies yet. SHAME ON ME!|
|1973||The Song Remains the Same||Aha, dear Reader! It has been confirmed by my friend that parts of this movie were actually filmed in Pittsburgh. Hooray!|
|1974||Boo no proof this movie exists (lets me honest, I really didn’t look that hard)|
|1976||Betty’s Corner Cafe||Oo a documentary filmed in Braddock, PA (Part of Pittsburgh)|
|1977||Slap Shot||YES! What a fantastic movie. Its not actually filmed in Pittsburgh. Most of it is filmed in Johnstown, PA. Just looked on IMDB… THEY ARE MAKING ANOTHER ONE! I hope it doesn’t ruin the original… 😦 I hate when they do that.|
|1978||The Deer Hunter||I admit I have never seen this movie. It’s unfortunate. Just added it to the netflix queue. Anyway, this movie was filmed all over the place. Most of it was NOT shot in Pittsburgh, just one part of it.|
|1978||Can’t find this one either.|
|1978||Dawn of the Dead
||When someone mentions a zombie movie (written by none other than George A. Romero) in Pittsburgh, this is the one they usually think of. On a side note, one of the Penguins lives in a renovated apartment where they used to store the props for this movie in the Southside. The mall in the movie is the Monroeville Mall.|
|1978||Martin||Another George A. Romero movie. Huh.. looks interesting. ADD IT TO THE QUEUE!|
|1979||The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh||Umm.. what? Hahahaha… wow… I want to watch this… and make a drinking game out of it.|
So, I just realized that there are ….. many many films shot in Pittsburgh in the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and 2010’s… So those are all going to be separate posts. Sorry! This would just drag on and on and on and on if I kept going in one post! Deal with it.