On The Wagon

This is a fun clip from the 1947 film, Dark Passage, in which Bogey steps into the long-since-torn-down Harry’s Wagon, a lunch wagon on Post Street near Fillmore Street, for coffee and eggs.

We love these old San Francisco films, and this might launch a small trend here at MPSF of digging up dinner scenes in them. Along with the clip, poster “Nedsparks” throws out some history, noting that lunch wagons proliferated as a second use for horse-drawn carriages after they were sidelined:

However, the professionally built lunch wagon companies continued to flourish, and by the 1920s, were euphemistically called “dining cars” (an allusion to the excellent food served on many trans-continental trains) or “diners” for short.

God bless Bogey. Let’s watch, shall we?

On The Wagon