Tag Archives: San Francisco

Film Noir: D.O.A. (1950)

Dead man walking leads cops on a chase through San Francisco as he tries desperately to catch his own killer. Long considered one the finest film noir offerings.

Watch: http://archive.org/details/doa_ipod

Film Noir: The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)

Movie poster for th public domain film "T...

public domain film “The Man Who Cheated Himself”

When a cop goes rogue it looks like he is in the clear after he gets assigned to investigate the case. Not so fast. See why in this thriller that features the city of San Francisco as a main attraction.

Watch: http://archive.org/details/TheManWhoCheated

Essay: A.P. Giannini: The Man Who Saved San Francisco

Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores).

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A.P. Giannini, the son of immigrants, loaned to immigrants when other bankers refused. In the 20th Century he built a vast Western banking empire, fueling California’s growth, and created a national system of branch banks to serve ordinary people. When most banks closed at 3pm, Giannini kept his banks open until nine or ten at night for workers.

After a disastrous earthquake and subsequent fires levelled much of his hometown San Francisco in 1906, Giannini created new confidence. He set up a temporary bank immediately, collecting deposits, making loans, and proclaiming to all that San Francisco would rise from the ashes. Then he made it happen… More>>


Essay: Harry Bridges and the Formation of the ILWU

ILWU logo.

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Bridges became the leader of San Francisco’s beleaguered dock workers and helped found the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). In the 1934 maritime strike, Bridges displayed his steadfastness by surviving relentless slanderous attacks on his character and principles, which in turn inspired broad numbers of port workers to follow his leadership… More>>