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Does Branford Have Connections to Hollywood?

At least one film, 1963's The Great Escape, has a Branford connection. Do you know of others?

Just a few years ago, downtown New Haven was transformed to look as though it was still the 1950s in the university city. Locals could walk down Chapel and see that Starbucks was offering – supposedly – 5-cent drafts. Very little of the scenery actually made it into the fourth Indiana Jones film, but the level of detail was convincing, even for your average pedestrian – like me.

Do Branford and surrounding shoreline towns have a Hollywood history? It has a connection to at least one film, the 1963 World War II feature, The Great Escape. Do you know how the film is related to Branford?

Do you know any other films that have featured Branford, or have had bits filmed here? Inquiring minds, like this history columnist, want to know!

Tom Grantland December 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
A few scenes from James Cagney's final film "Ragtime" were filmed at the trolley museum.
Alana Joli Abbott December 09, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Tom, that's awesome! I'm glad we left the column open another week -- I've had trouble tracking *anything* down beyond what I already knew. :)

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