TV crew comes calling
An actress carrying a baby rushes
to Levering, which stands in for The Johns Hopkins Hospital
in the upcoming HBO film about Alfred Blalock and Vivien
PHOTO BY HPS/WILL KIRK
HBO Visits Homewood, East Baltimore to Tell Story of
'Blue Baby' Pioneers
A strip of the Homewood campus underwent a brief identity
crisis late last month as the university got the chance to
play the role of Johns Hopkins Hospital circa 1940s for a
On Dec. 22, an HBO film crew descended upon the campus to
shoot a portion of the cable network's upcoming feature
Something the Lord Made, filling the Levering
courtyard with a fleet of antique cars, an ambulance and
actors in period dress.
The film depicts the true story of Johns Hopkins surgeon
Alfred Blalock and lab technician Vivien Thomas, who in
1944 co-developed a method to save oxygen-deprived "blue
babies." The men, who died in 1965 and 1985, respectively,
will be portrayed by Alan Rickman and rapper/actor Mos
The previous day the crew shot scenes at the actual JHH,
which played itself.
Later this month, HBO will spend another day filming at the
East Baltimore campus and wrap up principal photography.
Veteran television director Joseph Sargent is directing the
film, which also stars Mary Stuart Masterson and is
scheduled to air in late spring or early summer.
— Greg Rienzi
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