Angels Flight® in the Movies.
- Angels Flight® debut on film was probably Good Night, Nurse! (1918), but it got its first real close-up in a 1920 one-reel comedy of errors, All Jazzed Up.
- Angels Flight® appears in the 1947 movie The Unfaithful with Actress Marta Mitrovich.
1948 film Hollow Triumph withPaul Henreid’s
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948).
The noir film Criss Cross (1949).
In the 1951 remake of the classic Fritz Lang film, M, there is a scene in the opening credits shot from inside one of the Angel’s Flight cars, of a man jumping in at the last minute as it starts to ascend. The scene continues to go on for several more moments as the car makes its way up the hill, and a man, who is presumably the child killer, looks out the back door at the nighttime traffic.
Angels Flight® is seen in a 1953 TV episode of Boston Blackie called “Death Does a Rhumba”.
- In Cry of the Hunted (1953), Jory (Vittorio Gassman), a prisoner being transported, escapes and rides the Angels Flight® to evade capture.
Angels Flight® appears in the 1955 film Kiss Me Deadly at about 55’45”, as Ralph Meekerportrayed Mike Hammer, who drives an automobile underneath the funicular tracks in order to park prior to a visit of one of the old Bunker Hill mansions which had been turned into a flophouse and in which a “person of interest” in his case resides.
- The 1956 Kent Mackenzie short film Bunker Hill: A Tale of Urban Renewalfeatures Angels Flight®.
Angels Flight® is seen several times in the 1961 Kent Mackenzie film The Exiles, which dramatizes the lives of several real Native Americans living on Bunker Hill in 1958 (when the film was shot). The DVD of The Exiles also includes the 1956 Kent Mackenzie short film Bunker Hill: A Tale of Urban Renewaland the 1969 short film, The Last Day of Angels Flight®.
In 1963 the railway appeared in the cult trash horror classic The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies, where one of the characters walks up the hill alongside the tracks.
Angel’s Flight® is a low-budget 1965 film noir about a Bunker Hill serial killer, shot on and around Angels Flight® in both the downtown and Bunker Hill neighborhoods.
There is a scene shot on the railway in They Came to Rob Las Vegas released in 1968.
Edmund Penney’s 15-minute documentary from 1969, Angels Flight® Railway, features footage shot in 1965 and during the funicular’s last days in 1969.
- The Last Day of Angels Flight® was a documentary filmed on the day the railway closed in March 1969.
On November 23, 2010, NBC’s The Biggest Loser featured the ride in part of a challenge in which the contestants have to either walk the stairs for 5 points or take the train for 1 point. The winner, accumulating 100 points, won a 2011 Ford Edge.
- Angels Flight® appears in the 2017 TV movie The Saint. The scene had Adam Rayner as Simon Templar and Enrique Murciano as FBI Inspector John Henry Fernack.