Monday, March 30, 2009

Remedial's the Best

"You'll have to hock them," he said and held out his hand. "The Remedial's the best place -- Mission and Fifth."
Thus Sam Spade enjoins Brigid O'Shaughnessy to pawn her jewelry to raise spending money after he takes all her cash in The Maltese Falcon.

In Joe Gore's prequel to the Falcon, Spade and Archer, Remedial is mentioned again:
At 8:30 Monday morning Sam Spade bounded up the stairs to his office above Remedial Loans on Mission Street whistling "Gut Bucket Blues" slightly off-key.
Later, Spade moved into a better building downtown, but Remedial--renamed the Provident Loan Association in 1951--is still there on Mission, and as the San Francisco Chronicle explains, unfortunately still has a role to play in today's troubled economy.

Check out the full history of the pawnshop on their website.


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