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Trivia / Cannery Row

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  • Defictionalization: Monterey's Ocean View neighborhood, on which the fictional Cannery Row is based (see below), later renamed itself Cannery Row after the book. Though it bears little resemblance to the one in the book these days, essentially being a tourist trap consisting of souvenir stores, expensive restaurants, and perhaps in a poetic tribute to Doc, the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • What Could Have Been: Raquel Welch was originally cast as Suzy, but was fired after just five days of filming. Welch sued MGM for wrongful termination and later won a multi-million dollar settlement.
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  • Write Who You Know: The Cannery Row of the book is a thinly-veiled version of Monterey's Ocean View neighborhood. Doc is essentially an Expy of Steinbeck's friend Ed Ricketts, and Western Biological is a stand-in for Ricketts' Pacific Biological Laboratories. Dora is heavily based on Flora Woods, a madam who operated on Ocean View.

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