Top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel.
Gone A-Hunting isn't one of the most famous "San Francisco movies,"
but it should be. The taught 1969 Mark Robson thriller starts as a love
story then turns into a fatal attraction after illustrator Cathy Palmer
(Carol White) aborts the child of former lover Kenneth Daly (Scott Hylands).
While there are a number of films in which the City becomes more than just
a backdrop and is elevated to the level of a character in the story, Daddy's
Gone A-Hunting is one of the best examples. From the Top
of the Mark, the Hylands character announces, "Prediction: The first
step in Cathy's climb will be... there!" He points to One
Maritime Plaza, where Cathy soon takes a job with an advertising agency.
When Cathy marries Jack Byrnes, a prominent citizen played by Paul Burke,
at Grace Cathedral, she is haunted by memories
of the Mark Hopkins a block away. It is a
rare film that makes use of City landmarks while integrating the relationships
between the buildings in the plot line. In addition, Robson creates startlingly
artistic images of unexpected locations, particularly One Maritime Plaza
and the ground level of the Golden Gateway Apartments,
which stands in for the street level of One Maritime. The look-and-feel
of the picture, characterized by brightness and color saturation, is similar
to Robson's 1967 camp classic Valley of the Dolls. The Vertigo-esque
climax of Daddy's Gone A-Hunting is unforgettable, as Cathy and Kenneth
return to the Top of the Mark for a final confrontation. Also seen are
the City of Paris department store, call booth
at California and Powell, San Francisco International
Airport, Bay Bridge, Palace
Hotel garden court, cityscapes, an unfinished Bank
of America Building, and many other recognizable sites. One of Mister
about Daddy's Gone A-Hunting