Monday, July 27, 2009

Dark Passage #2

Here you see Humphrey Bogart climbing the Filbert Street steps. He has just encountered the first two of a trio of fairytale characters, the first being a lonely cabbie who identifies him as a convicted killer and drives him to a plastic surgeon. Now THIS guy, the plastic surgeon, looks like a wierd little gnome who lives in a tree. He laughs way too much and only charges $200 for the 90-minute treatment he invented which caused him to get thrown out of the A.M.A.

This is the wooden path up to Irene Jansen's apartment in the art deco building, which runs beside the Marchant Gardens now. It was a trash-filled area  between the cottages on either side until Grace Marchant moved there in 1949 and built a beautiful hillside garden. After she died, others took up its maintenance. There are more photos and history of this beautiful enterprise here.

23 comments:

ger said...

Beware of doctors who laugh too much... (the garden photos are a treat...)

ArtSparker said...

g- no kidding - especially when you are going under a general anasthetic.

Jasmine said...

A lot f fun. Is this character bigger than your usual sketches? He almost reaches the lower banister rail.

ArtSparker said...

Jasmine- they are all a bit under 11" tall due to paper size. Although I may do something more ambitious with Alice "Opening up like a telescope".

tony said...

He Looks A Bit Out Of Puff!

ArtSparker said...

Tony - the voiceover announces he has walked five miles after the plastic surgery.

Titus said...

Love it, particularly the bandaging and rising leg.

rlbourges said...

poor dear looks convincingly winded, bravo. Will come back for more on the gardens.

cheers, Susan.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

yeah! I'm all caught up on ast now!!

been a while - wah

hate falling behind

the pennsylvania dutch have a saying that goes: the hurriered I go the behinder I get!!

seems to describe my summer!

oy!

love the cat t - reminds me of my rosie- must go see if it comes in the style I wear over at the red bubble.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ps love the perspective with the stairs....great shot!!

paulahewitt said...

thanks for the link to Grace Marchants garden - that warmed my heart. as usual your illustrations have made me smile.

notmassproduced said...

Jasmine ate my words! i was wondering exactly this... now i know

bindu said...

Looks too real! :) The stairs look nice and clean and green.

grrl + dog said...

love it when a community adopts a space like that.
It must be evidence of social health in that area.

herhimnbryn said...

Great shot on the stairway. Love the link too. She saw potential in a rubbish filled slope and greated beauty.

Caio Fernandes said...

the image is delightfull , but i just need to read the first sentence of the text to start to laugh . for some reason an instant of lucid light came to me , and i forgot everything about you , at the next second i felt in love with your magic and fun world as it was the first time i vist you .
your power of to keep smiles fresh ........and never let us to get tired .

Tom said...

he needs a nap. Brilliant setting, and the Filbert Gardens look delightful! You've turned paper ink & scissors into performance art.

ArtSparker said...

Thank you all.

Mouse, good to have you back.

Caio, I am glad I make you laugh.

femminismo said...

Humphrey does look tired. I love the places you seek out for your characters! If I've said it before, sorry to bore you. So glad to see another character and get another day's "fix" - Jeanne

ArtSparker said...

Jeanne-
this was the actual spot used in the film, which put San Francisco to good use in exterior shots.

yvette said...

this story makes me smile!

kiskis
yvette

Jocelyn said...

This tickles me--a staggering Bogie, looking shell-shocked, in a beautiful public corridor that was salvaged.

Celeste Maia said...

Good photo of Humphrey coming up the steps. He received an exhilarating surge of strength from something the gnome like plastic surgeon laced in his medicine.