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Saturday November 17th 2018

Society | 1989

Society film location: South Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena
Society film location: the Whitney family mansion: South Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena | Photograph: flickr / La Canada Realtors

I was inexplicably rude about this film in my book, so now I have the chance to make amends. The wickedly imaginative script by Woody Keith and Rick Fry, about upper class slimesters literally feeding off the lower orders, makes for a slick little stomach-churner, courtesy of Screaming Mad George’s eye-popping FX.

Troubled teen Billy Whitney (Billy Warlock) begins to develop odd ideas about his adopted wealthy family but, fortunately, there’s a friendly therapist on hand with calming medication.

Billy’s school is Birmingham High School, 17000 Haynes Street, Van Nuys (seen briefly also in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle), which included Sally Field among its past students. No, don't even think about it...

The hospital is the Veteran's Administration Medical Center between Lassen and Plummer Streets, Northridge, in the San Fernando Valley.

The Whitney family’s lavish ‘Beverly Hills’ home is the one-time Wrigley Mansion, 391 South Orange Grove Boulevard, at Arbor Street, Pasadena. The mansion is now HQ of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

Or is that just a front?