French Familys House
The Hermosa Vista house and its adjacent cottage that sit atop the Hanover
Hill were used in the film as the French family home. One shot of Frank
Sinatra on the back porch includes a glimpse of the I.K.E.C. power plant
The building at 110 E. Main St. was where crew members constructed the
Hirsh family jewelry store. In the movie, set in 1948, Sinatras
character, Dave Hirsh, returns home from World War II and visits his
brother at the jewelry store. Their conflicting personalities and lifestyles
add to the movies dramatic tension.
Much of the action in the movie, including a poorly staged fight scene,
takes place at Smittys Bar, created and filmed at the corner of
Second and Jefferson streets.
Hirsh Family Home
The J.F.D. Lanier Mansion on Second Street was used for filming scenes
of the Frank Hirsh home. Hirsh, played by actor Arthur Kennedy, was
the town jeweler and Dave Hirshs insincere brother who embodied
the hypocritical and somewhat pretentious good life of high
During a gambling trip to Fort Wayne with his buddy Bama Dillert (Dean
Martin), Dave Hirsh (Sinatra) runs into his niece, whom he promptly
ships back to Parkman by bus. Her departure was filmed at the former
White Star Bus Station on Second Street. It is now the Thomas Family
Winery and a barber shop.
The final scene, the burial of Shirley MacLaines slain character,
Ginny Moorhead, was shot at Moffett Cemetery on the Milton, Ky., hilltop.
In the background, this angel statue can be seen, along with a view
of the Ohio River valley. Today the view is obscured by trees.
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