Saturday, April 10, 2010

Every Which Way But Loose - Film Locations

(c) Warner Bros. Entertainment

One of Clint Eastwood's most successful films at the box office is one you might not first suspect. The screwball comedy meets western, Every Which Way But Loose, was Eastwood's highest grossing film up to that point in his career, beating out his previous films like the Dirty Harry series and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. It's a fun film and if you live in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, it's also an interesting look at the area during the late 1970s.

Here are just a few locations from the film located in the Valley:

One of the main locations in Every Which Way But Loose is the the Palomino Club. It's at this country western bar that Philo Beddoe (Eastwood) meets aspiring singer Lynn Halsey-Taylor (Sondra Locke). The Palomino was a real country western nightclub located in North Hollywood, that attracted some of the biggest names in country music during the 50s and 60s, including Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Willie Nelson. By the 1970s the club started letting some rock acts perform, but was still primarly a western bar. The club ultimately closed in 1995 and now the building is a banquet hall.


The Palomino as seen in Every Which Way But Loose


6907 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood -
Former site of the Palomino nightclub.


 
The Palomino as seen in Every Which Way But Loose


Eastwood and Locke at the Palomino Club

Throughout the film we see Eastwood going around the San Fernando Valley and he is often running into members of a motorcycle gang. During one encounter with two bikers, we see Eastwood in his truck with his pet orangutan in the passenger seat stopped at a red light. Behind them you can see the Burbank breakfast joint, The Corner Cottage. The Corner Cottage is located at 310 S. Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA.


Corner Cottage as seen in Every Which Way But Loose

Corner Cottage, Burbank, CA (April 2010)

The two bikers make fun of the orangutan and in turn the orangutan gives the bikers the finger. This results in a chase scene. At the same intersection of as The Corner Cottage we see the start of the chase.

 Corner of Victory & Verdugo, Burbank, CA

Corner of Victory & Verdugo, Burbank, CA (April 2010)

The chase continues around town. At one point they turn onto Alameda Avenue from Willow Street, right in front of St. Joseph hospital in Burbank.

Every Which Way But Loose - chase seen at Willow & Alameda, Burbank, CA

Alameda  and Willow, Burbank, CA (April 2010)

The building on the right is the Fotokem Industries building. Also nearby are the Disney Studios lot and the NBC studios lot.


3 comments:

Marty said...

Wow, thanks. All those sites look familiar and now I know why. Looking at that corner cottage reminds me somewhat of a little take-out place on Ventura (can't remember the name of it ... I think it's a little shack where they sell roast beef sandwiches or something ...).
Best,
Marty

Kurt Taylor said...

Nice location piece...but the next film in that two-part series, 'Any Which Way But Loose' was filmed mostly in Jackson Hole Wyoming, when I was there and 'starred' as the extra in the fight scene who climbed through the restaurant window after Clint and his opponent crashed it. David Valdes was the AD and I worked as an extra crew leader and he put me 'in the scene'. Yeah...
Nice piece,

Donna Seitz said...

It was also filmed in Denver. You can see the old mile high stadium and the part where he's walking down town where he was in the stripper club was Denver.

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