High Anxiety, 1977
visit the film locations
San Francisco: Flights: San Francisco International Airport
Tourist info: San Francisco tourism
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center in the Financial District (tel: 415.788.1234)
High Anxiety location: the veriginous hotel lobby: Hyatt Regency, Embarcadero, San Francisco
This hit-and-miss Alfred Hitchcock parody signalled the start of Mel Brooks’ slide into mediocrity (though Hitchcock himself reputedly laughed out loud at the tracking shot crashing through the window).
Set in the quintessentially Hitch city of San Francisco, where the hotel lobby with glass lifts that triggers off the acrophobia of Richard Thorndyke (Brooks), is the twenty-storey atrium of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center in San Francisco’s Financial District – also seen as the lobby of The Towering Inferno.
The homage to Vertigo was filmed, of course, at Fort Point, beneath the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The ‘Institute for the Very, Very Nervous’, though, is in Los Angeles. It’s the campus of Mount St Mary’s College, 12001 Chalon Road, Bel-Air, which is just north of Bellagio Road where Hitchcock himself lived, at number 10957.
The park used for The Birds parody, where Brooks was actually splattered with mustard, is Brookside Park, 360 North Arroyo Boulevard, north of the Ventura Freeway toward the Rose Bowl at the western edge of Pasadena.