A really lousy movie, In God We Tru$t, ran on cable the other day. Who cares? Well, part of the 1980 movie was shot in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in its bad old days.

Today, throngs of locals and tourists frequent the fancy restaurants and pulsating nightclubs in restored 1880s-vintage buildings.

In 1980, it was a collection of strip clubs, peep shows, flop houses and anything else that catered to sailors on leave, the sex trade and poor, mostly old, folks.

It was that sleazy backdrop that Marty Feldman used in a portion of this satire on the religion industry that even Feldman admitted didn’t work. But, if you’re familiar with the Gaslamp and curious about its inglorious past, it’s worth a view. ⚙


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