San Francisco in Cinema: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Raycliff Terrace.
Views of Angel Island and the bay grace the terrace of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy's home in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Hepburn and Tracy play self-proclaimed fighting liberals who are forced to face their true feelings when their hopelessly optimistic daughter, played by Katharine Houghton, brings black doctor Sydney Portier home from a trip to Hawaii and announces plans to marry him. Superb film directed by Stanley Kramer in 1967 was Tracy's last. Surprisingly fresh more than thirty years after it was made, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is an incisive look at race, love, and the mores of limousine liberals. Some trivia: When Portier and Houghton arrive at SFO on a United Airlines flight, they take Yellow Cab #1850 in town. The phone number of the cab company is painted on the side of the car. Today, the same number (626-2345) will still get you in touch with Yellow Cab. The fare for the lovers' trip from the airport to downtown was $10.50. The fare in 2002, approximately $30.00.

Raycliff Terrace
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