Madison in the Movies Walking Tour

Madison in the Movies Walking Tour

Madison, Indiana 47250, United States

Created By: Visit Madison, Inc.

Tour Information

Madison’s picturesque setting with cliffs and rolling hills offers a diversified scenic area. It is filled with over 1,300 structures from Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian to Prairie style architecture all located along tree-lined streets. The area’s natural environment showcases 400 foot bluffs, meandering creeks, rolling hills, waterfalls, and of course the half mile wide Ohio River. Situated on bluffs overlooking the river are the Madison State Hospital and beautiful, scenic Hanover College. Many of these aspects of Madison combine to be perfect for filming.

This led to the first film being made in Madison in 1943. The Motion Picture Bureau, a section of the U.S. Office of War Information, filmed The Town here. The community was again selected in 1958 for the film Some Came Running which was directed by Vincente Minnelli. It starred old blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, along with Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine. Finally, the movie Madison was filmed in 1999 and released in 2001. It features a true story about the town in the hydroplane circuit.

Madison’s charm captured on film is still present today and has been recognized by national publications as the “Prettiest Small Town in America” and the “best preserved town in the Midwest.” Discover its beauty while reliving scenes from the movies filmed here.

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What You'll See on the Tour

916 West Second St. Irene Dunn was born on December 20, 1898 in Kentucky. After the death of her father, she moved to Madison at age 14. Here, she graduated from Madison High School in 1916. A star dedicated to Irene Dunne is located in fro... Read more
Take a stroll down Main Street and see the original historical buildings. These same buildings can be seen throughout the film, The Town. The Town was a short propaganda documentary was filmed in 1943, but was not released until 1945. It wa... Read more
400 W. Vaughn Drive It was built in 1938 by the WPA. A full renovation of the pool and area from 2021- 2024 brings activities for everyone to enjoy.
110 East Main St. This was where crew members constructed the Hirsh family jewelry store. In the Some Came Running movie set in 1948, Sinatra’s character Dave Hirsh, returns home from World War II and visits his brother at the jewelry sto... Read more
105 E Main St. The scene in Some Came Running involving the carnival shows much of Main Street filled with rides and lights. A clear shot of the Ohio Theater shows the sign lit up in all its glory.
302 Jefferson St., On Corner Much of the action in Some Came Running takes place at Smitty’s Bar. The poorly staged fight scene takes place on the southern side.
Vaughn Drive Much of the movie, Madison, takes place along the riverfront of the Ohio River. It gives a perfect view of the Milton-Madison Bridge with plenty of benches and places to relax. In 2023, the judges stand for the hydroplane rac... Read more
527 W. 3rd St., On Corner Jim and Mary McCormick along with their son, Mike, are depicted living here. During the movie, Madison, the house is shown as under construction, but the addition has since been finished on the south side of the h... Read more
126 Mulberry St. In the movie, Madison, the Miss Madison Racing team worked on the boat and engine here.


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