San Francisco in Cinema: The Birds

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Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) at Davidson's Pet Shop on Maiden Lane at the outset of The Birds. In 1963, Maiden Lane was just the place you'd expect to see a spoiled socialite like Melanie Daniels. She follows Brenner to Bodega Bay on a lark just in time to suffer the consequences when nature - in this case thousands of angry birds - strikes back. Original ending had Hedren and Taylor waking in their row boat the morning after they survive the attack on the north bay town. Through the fog appears the Golden Gate Bridge completely covered with birds. The scene was abandoned during production of this exciting Alfred Hitchock classic. Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and Veronica Cartwright also appear.

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