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Postby Carfare » Thu May 17, 2007 12:55 pm

[quote="onthegreenline"]I'd never heard of Spencer for Hire - check THIS out
http://youtube.com/watch?v=j41_sCAuQiE& ... ed&search=
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That was pretty cool!

Did you hear the announcements for the Green, Red, etc. departures & destinations? It sounded as if you were at South Station! Was this a common practice back then? (I don't recall it being that way)

If it was dubbed in for the program, they did a pretty good job.
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Postby StevieC48 » Thu May 17, 2007 1:09 pm

NO thats was for the show. But during the R/H the inspector does announce the trains. They also did in the 80s' on the Green Line too, by the late Richie Kenny, AKA Mr.BAASTIN COLEGE. Don't know if they still do.
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Postby Carfare » Thu May 17, 2007 8:51 pm

Had a feeling it was dubbed, but I wanted to be sure. It being Park Street, the Blue Line announcement seemed a bit whacked!
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Postby jscola30 » Sat May 19, 2007 10:40 pm

Funny you should mention that, I've heard a few annoucements of "Park St. change here for the green and blue lines" Think these motormen have some brushing up to do. :wink:
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Postby BayColony1706 » Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:41 pm

On the note of TV ref's, there is a scene in an old episode of "Cheers" in which Norm, Cliff, and Sam ride a type 7 to the Garden, also shows cars on the Green Line El by North Sta/ Garden.
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The Thomas Crown Affair

Postby DownhillFastBHC » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:54 pm

anyone know what station this is? or even if that sign is floating around anywhere still?
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Postby sixflagscoasters » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:32 pm

My guess would be Downtown Crossing before the renovation.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Postby BigUglyCat » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:10 pm

This was likely filmed in 1967. That's a young Yaphet Kotto we're seeing in the stills. If I remember right, Addison Powell's character rode into the city on the Blue Line, the EBT back then I guess.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Postby jonnhrr » Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:44 pm

The brownish color of the tile looks to me like the old Boylston/Essex station. I seem to remember Summer/Winter was a more orangey color, but my memory could be wrong about that.

1967 is probably correct for the shooting as the movie was released in 1968. (The original with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063688/

There are also some great scenes at South Station (the RR side).

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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:13 pm

That sign looks exactly like [at least, to my memory] like the sign which still exists in one of the Chinatown emergency exits, a former entrance.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Postby 3rdrail » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:32 pm

I'd have to watch the movie again. but I think it's Summer Street Station by Summer/Hawley. It's not Boylston, BostonUrbEx.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Postby MBTA3247 » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:42 pm

jonnhrr wrote:The movie was made in 1968 by the way. (The original with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway).

It was released in 1968, but as BigUglyCat said, the actual filming was probably in 1967.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Postby Ricky Smith » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:08 am

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063688/locations


there's all the filming locations
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Postby 3rdrail » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:06 am

I just finished watching the movie, rented on Amazon ($2.99) I'm going to change my guess as State Street Station (formerly Milk), not because it would make sense by location (the bank that's robbed is the National shawmut Bank Building at 55 Congress St. - it's something else now), but by the small door to the actor's left, which I believe is still present. If you watch it, notice at the beginning where Paul Burke and Faye Dunaway meet at Copps Hill, they look down at precisely the spot where the Purity Distilling Co.'s molassis tank burst in 1919, bending the elevated structure on Commercial Street. This is a great vintage Boston movie which also has some short scenes in the beginning of the Boston & Albany tracks in the Back Bay as well as pre-renovated South Station.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Postby jaymac » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:31 am

I haven't seen the first Thomas Crown Affair since its first release, but one of the memories I have is that geographical reality was a casualty of visuals. Unless I've slipped into delusion yet again, I remember a scene of Jack Weston making a call from an outdoor phone booth, setting things up, taken from the Cambridge Street bridge over the B&A with Beacon Park forming the background. Unless his character had just come from the not-yet-open Allston Depot sports bar or he took a seriously wrong turn somewhere on Beacon Street or needed to get an overhead shot of The New England States from the bridge, Allston is at best a questionable locale. Probably a small army of location scouts went here, there, and everywhere, looking for places that would look good on the screen, local, not locale, logic to the contrary.
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