Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About San Francisco’s Cable Cars

Ever since they became a part of the city’s transit system, they have been iconic mainstays of its cityscape

San Francisco’s Cable Cars (and Streetcars!) are Iconic Movie Setpieces

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In September 2012, director Woody Allen shot his new movie with Cate Blanchett (above)—so far untitled—in San Francisco. It will join a long list of films that feature the SF Muni’s cable cars, trolleys and streetcars.
Here’s a short list:
Dark Passage (1947), with Humphrey Bogart aboard Powell Street car No. 20;
Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), featuring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda’s first date, also on a packed Powell Street cable car;
Dirty Harry (1971), with streetcar interiors filmed in the Elkton Shops;
The Laughing Policeman (1973), in which Walter Matthau and Bruce Dern investigate a mass murder on a Muni bus;
— A Muni driver hitting on Robin Williams (in drag) in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993);
The Net (1995), featuring Sandra Bullock on the California Line

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