History of Dedham, Massachusetts in television and film

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Poster advertising the 1919 film Anne of Green Gables.

Dedham, Massachusetts has been featured on both television and film screens.

  • William Desmond Taylor's 1919 silent film Anne of Green Gables was filmed in Dedham.[1] It was the favorite role of star Mary Miles Minter but no copies of the film are known to have survived. The film also starred Paul Kelly.[2]
  • The 1973 film The Friends of Eddie Coyle was filmed in Dedham and starred Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, and Alex Rocco.[3]
  • In the 1980s the Endicott Estate was featured in an episode of Spencer for Hire.[4][5]
  • The 1982 cult classic Pieces was filmed mainly in Madrid, but also included the same Dedham Square robbed in ‘Eddie Coyle.’[6]
  • The 1998 film Urban Relics was filmed in Dedham.[3]
  • A neighborhood in Riverdale was shown in the 1998 film A Civil Action for which the people of Dedham received a "special thanks" in the closing credits.[7] The scene was filmed in the month of December and several houses included in the scene had Christmas lights strung up on them. The owners of the houses each received $100 to remove the lights until the shot was completed.
  • The Endicott Estate was also featured in the 2000 film The Perfect Storm.[4]
  • The award winning 2000 film State and Main was filmed in Dedham[3] and Alec Baldwin's character slept in the Endicott Estate.[5]
  • The 2002 film Advice and Dissent was filmed in Dedham.[3]
  • The 2003 film Discharge was filmed in Dedham.[3]
  • In a 2004 episode of The Practice viewers learned that Alan Shore grew up in the town and numerous references to the Sacco and Vanzetti trial were also made.[8] Images of Dedham Square, the Dedham Historical Society building and the courthouses were shot on location. In addition, "extremely rare" interior and exterior photos of the courthouses from the turn of the 20th century were shown.[9]
  • Dedham was mentioned by Leonardo DiCaprio in two movies by Martin Scorsese. In the 2006 film The Departed, he mentions the Dedham Mall.[10] The 2010 thriller Shutter Island, a film partially filmed in Dedham,[11] has several mentions of the Dedham Jail.
  • The 2014 film The Judge was filmed partly in Dedham Square,[12] showing the Norfolk Superior Court and First Church.


  1. ^ "Anne of Green Gables & Dedham". Dedham Historical Society Newsletter (May). 1998. Archived from the original on August 14, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Anne of Green Gables: The 1919 Film". TickledOrange.com/. Retrieved 2006-11-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Titles with locations including Dedham, Massachusetts, USA". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2006-11-30. 
  4. ^ a b "The Endicott Estate in Dedham, Massachusetts". British Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  5. ^ a b Coleman, Sandy (2005-05-12). "Historic mansion opens doors in gala celebration of 100 years". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  6. ^ Kahn, Joseph P. (September 14, 2010). "Chuck Hogan’s favorite local movies and books". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  7. ^ "A Civil Action (1998)". Yahoo! movies. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  8. ^ David E. Kelley (2004). "Mr Shore Goes to Town" (PDF). Season 8, Episode 15. David E. Kelley Productions. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  9. ^ "Dedham on National T.V.". Dedham Historical Society Newsletter (March). 2004. 
  10. ^ Monahan, William (September 2006). "The Departed". Retrieved 2014-11-08. You take off an armored car at the Dedham Mall and what do you do. Do you pay guineas in Providence? 
  11. ^ "Shutter Island (2010) Filming Locations". Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  12. ^ Eisenstadter, Dave (July 11, 2013). "Dedham welcomes Robert Downey Jr. for movie filming". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2014-11-08.