Shirley’s Mom Guessed It! 1945 Film ‘Pride of The Marines’ Filmed in Northwood

Pride of the Marines Poster

Yesterday, after I posted more hints about a local movie filmed in and around Frankford and Tacony, Shirley and her mother properly guessed it was Pride of the Marines.  In the film, Al Schmid is a border in Tacony, dating Ruth Hartley, played by Eleanor Parker who lived at 1025 Filmore Street in Northwood.  Remember this is her house here:

movie screenshot

As soon as I was this scene, I stopped the movie and started hunting down that location.  I was pretty sure it was in East Frankford around Darrah and Wakeling.  But it took me a while before I found it; it ended up being 200 yards from my front door in Northwood.  Check it out on Google Street View here.  And I probably should have just kept watching the movie to save myself some effort, cause her exact address shows up in the movie when Al’s coming back to Philly and she gets a telegram from his friend:

1025 filmore st telegram

I guess they didn’t have zip codes back then.  But anyways, congrats, Shirley and your mom, if we ever start printing up tee shirts, we’ll be sure to give you one.

7 Comments on "Shirley’s Mom Guessed It! 1945 Film ‘Pride of The Marines’ Filmed in Northwood"

  1. I wonder if the residents of the house are aware of this movie. There was a movie filmed on Arrott Street and Pilling St. The house looks like a half of a castle.The movie starred John Travolta. I was going to put it on the qiuz message board but I foret the title. I think its Black out or wipe out???? If someone knows please let us know.

  2. Here’s the movie:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blow_Out

    I’m gonna see if I can get some screen shots.

  3. hey jim that was too fast! So you know the house? Great job

  4. Yeah I know that house. It looks exactly like it’s one half a house. it’s like dead center in front of you if you’re in driving down Pilling Street towards Arrott. I’ve brought that house up to my wife while checking on our trees we planted in Overington Park. Here it is on google street view:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Arrott+St+%26+Pilling+St,+Philadelphia,+Philadelphia,+Pennsylvania+19124&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FQWjYgIdzkCG-w&split=0&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=23.875,57.630033&ll=40.018693,-75.087666&spn=0.005341,0.011169&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=40.018693,-75.087666&panoid=yIznKf1uWaY8Y_w8rESUuA&cbp=12,61.49,,0,-9.5

  5. I just watched Blow Out and didn’t see that house or Frankford in the movie at all. Maybe I missed it because I was surfing the net while it was on but I don’t think any film location was outside of center city. Maybe it was another movie.

  6. Anonymous | June 20, 2009 at 3:01 pm |

    maybe it was another movie. It sure is! I asked my brother and sister and they said it was a film called Fighting back. Sorry Jim for making you watch Blow Out.

  7. Blow Out was not at all a bad movie. I’m a Brian DePalma fan and I love movies filmed in Philly. And Quentin Tarantino once said it was one of his three favorites. It got an 89% on rottentomatoes.com, that’s a quality flick.

    But alas, Fighting Back is only available on VHS and not so I can not procure it off the internet for viewing or screen shots.

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