Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Filming Locations

Location #1: Peninsula Bank


100 South Main Street, Ishpeming, Michigan, United States

Location #2: J.C. Penney Company


Corner of South Main Street & Cleveland Avenue, Ishpeming, Michigan, United States

Note from the Webmaster: The building was torn down in 2011.

Location #3: The bar


108 South Main Street, Ishpeming, Michigan, United States

Location #4: Paul Biegler’s home


205 West Barnum Street, Ishpeming, Michigan, United States

Location #5: Paul meets Laura

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234 West Baraga Avenue, Ishpeming, Michigan, United States

4 thoughts on “Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Filming Locations

  1. David Lawrence

    There were actually two scenes filmed at the C&NW depot in Ishpeming. The one shown in the photo was the second, at which the Army psychiatrist arrives to testify at the trial. The first showed the defendant, Lieutenant Mannion, arriving back from his psychiatric interview in Detroit. This one was quite a bit longer, showed the interior of the depot, and the departure/arrival board mentioned in an earlier post.

    It neither case was it mentioned (or explained) that we were looking at a train from Chicago–when both characters were arriving from Detroit. And indeed, that wouldn’t have added anything to Preminger’s movie; it just would have sent railfans like us scurrying to our timetables from that era.

    If the movie had been made a few years earlier, there would have been an alternative route. Although the ride on the C&NW, after a fast dash from Detroit on the NYC (Big Four) would have been more pleasant, the most direct route would have been the NYC’s overnight “Northerner” from Detroit, connecting at Mackinaw City to DSS&A #1–which was a unique train. It left from St. Ignace, across the water (there was no bridge at the time), but you could board it in Mackinaw City, as the train (with engine!) got a ride on the ferry that connected the two parts of Michigan. In the style of those gentler times, there was a guy in the station at St. Ignace who made breakfast for those passengers, since neither the NYC nor the DSS&A train had a diner. As far as I know, it was the only passenger train of its era that got a ride on a ship.

    1. Fred Leonard

      Although the movie was made in 1959, the “murder” on which the novel and film were based occurred in 1952. At the time, the “alternative route” across the straights was still an option. If the setting for the film was moved forward (from the novel) to 1959, then air travel (North Central Airlines to Marquette) would have been an option.

  2. Dennis LeVan

    Being a railfan and maybe an even bigger fan of the movie, I’ve scoured Google Earth to locate the various locations to see what’s left–the line to the station is gone along with the station from what I can ascertain but the right of way is very visible. Being also and avid modeler, I’m trying to see if I can get a floor plan/elevation of the 205 W. Barnum house that was Jimmy Stewart’s law office and abode. Probably need to call the Town Hall for Ishpemming to see if their housing/engineering/tax dept has the dimensions and layout for the house–I can do a fairly good job estimating by careful eval of the movie interior shots and experience. If anyone has this info, I’d love to see it–don’t want to invade privacy or press anyone. Thanks


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