San Francisco in Cinema: Butterflies are Free

1944 Union Street
Butterflies are Free is the excellent 1972 film version of the play by Leonard Gershe. Directed by Milton Katselas from Gershe's screenplay, the dramatic comedy is clearly a filmed play, and that suits the literate script and intimate setting just fine. With little exception, the entire story takes place in the San Francisco flat of Edward Albert's character, Don Baker. Young Don has been blind since birth and is trying to get out from under the thumb of his mother, the controlling HIllsborough matron played by Eileen Heckart. Heckart won an Oscar for the role. Goldie Hawn, in the best of her early film performances, plays free spirited neighbor Jill, Don's new squeeze. When Mrs. Baker takes Goldie to lunch in order to kick her out of her son's life, Mrs. Baker takes Goldie to Perry's on Union Street. 

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