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Wednesday January 20th 2021

Dressed To Kill | 1980

Dressed To Kill location: 70th Street, New York
Dressed To Kill location: The office of shrink Dr Elliott: 70th Street, New York

Brian de Palma continues to work through his Hitchcock obsession with a stylish and nasty revamping of Psycho, set in New York.

The office of shrink Dr Robert Elliott (Michael Caine) is the basement at 162 East 70th Street near Lexington Avenue on the East Side.

He’s supposed to do some work at the Bellevue Hospital on First Avenue (where Ray Milland suffered DTs in Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend, but the interior of the institution we actually see is the Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street in the Civic Center, also used in Sidney Lumet's 1982 drama The Verdict, with Paul Newman.

And the art gallery where Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) picks up a bit of rough trade before the film’s most contentious sequence, isn’t all it seems.

Dressed To Kill location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Dressed To Kill location: The art gallery standing in for New York’s Met: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Supposedly New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, the gallery interior is actually the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street, Philadelphia – the city in which director Brian de Palma grew up.