Movies in Monterey
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Films Shot in Monterey County
Maid of Salem, 1937
Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Harvey Stephens, Gale Sondergaard, Louise Dresser, Edward Ellis, Beulah Bondi and Bonita Granville; directed by Frank Lloyd; Paramount; solemn drama about a young girl in Salem, Mass., in 1692 accused of witchcraft and saved by her lover; scenes filmed at Point Lobos; film crew traveled in private railroad cars and stayed at the old Hotel San Carlos in Monterey.
A Man of Honor, 1919
Harold Lockwood; romantic drama based on Henry Kitchell Webster's novel, "A King of Khaki;" scenes filmed at the Pebble Beach golf course (turned into a village street in the semitropics) Carmel Beach and elsewhere on the Peninsula; Lockwood, a silent screen lover and early version of Rudolph Valentino, spent about three weeks here for the filming in June 1918; Lockwood died later that year; this was Lockwood's last film.
Marine Raiders, 1944
Pat O'Brien and Robert Ryan; story about a Marine major who looks out after his captain on Guadalcanal and in Australia; scenes filmed along the coast in Del Monte Forest, including Fanshell Beach, Bird Rock and the 14th hole of the Cypress Point golf course.
Married Alive, 1926
Margaret Livingston and Lou Telegen; William Fox Film Co.; comedy-drama; scenes filmed at Carmel Highlands and the beach at Pacific Grove; film crew stayed at the Highlands Inn.
The Master Gunfighter, 1975
Tom Laughlin; directed by Frank Laughlin; scenes filmed south of Carmel at the Little Sur River and Garrapata Beach, where the shell of a rustic cabin was built as a movie prop. At Pfeiffer Beach, filmmakers built a plaster "Mission" as part of a small Native American village for the film. They also placed a small footbridge across Sycamore Creek to take them to the other side, where the temporary thatched village sat.
Men on Call, 1931
Edmund Lowe, Mae Clarke, William Harrigan, Joe Brown, Warren Hymer, George Corcoran, Ruth Warren and Ian MacLaren; directed by John Blystone; Fox; drama about the exploits of the Coast Guard; scenes filmed at Cypress Point in Pebble Beach; the first filming of a talking picture done indoors on location; billed as an experiment to allow filming to continue indoors during inclement weather; houses along Cypress Point used in the film were heavily padded with sound-deadening materials to permit perfect acoustics; one of the sets used in the filming along the 17 Mile Drive was a Hollywood-built lighthouse and high rock outcroppings; the set inspired an ink drawing by local artist Lucy Valentine Pierce, called "Movie Lighthouse 17 Mile Drive;" 100 extras used; the picture featured a shipwreck; stars stayed at the Del Monte Lodge, now The Lodge at Pebble Beach.
Midnight Lace, 1960
Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin and Myrna Loy; directed by David Miller; Universal; mystery-thriller in which Miss Day is terrorized by an unknown phone caller.
The Miracle Man, 1932
Chester Morris, Sylvia Sidney, Hobart Bosworth (as the miracle man), Boris Karloff and Ned Sparks; directed by Norman McLeod; Paramount; a "talkie" remake of a 1919 silent film; story about a group of con artists who encounter a man with the power to work miracles; background scenes filmed at Point Lobos, 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach and elsewhere on the Monterey Peninsula; none of the starts were on the Peninsula for the initial filming, and local residents L.B. Woods, C.H. Dixon and Harvey Murphy were used as doubles for the actors, including Bosworth (Wood was his double) and Morris; a few additional Peninsula scenes were filmed later and Bosworth accompanied the film crew, headed by O.W. Roberts; the balance of the movie was filmed at the Paramount Ranch near Hollywood; Paramount was lured to the Peninsula by Jean Juillard, who was president of the San Carlos Hotel Co. and a former assistant manager of the old Hotel Del Monte. Juillard led the formation of the Monterey Peninsula Motion Picture Association to encourage Hollywood studios to film on the Peninsula.
Miss Hobbs, 1920
Wanda Hawley; directed by Donald Crisp; Realart Pictures; comedy about a rich, flighty young woman whose latest cause is radical feminism: exterior scenes filmed in Carmel.
Mr. Imperium, 1951
Lana Turner, Ezio Pinza, Marjorie Main, Barry Sullivan, Cedric Hardwicke and Debbie Reynolds; directed by Don Hartman; MGM; light comedy about a May-to-December romance; scenes filmed along the Pebble Beach coast, including the Crocker Mansion, Richard Rodgers house, Lone Cypress and Pebble Beach Ghost Tree or Witch Tree at Pescadero Point (standing in for the coast of Italy).
The Mistress of Shemstone, 1920
Roy Stewart and Pauline Frederick; scenes filmed at Point Lobos.
The Monster from the Ocean Floor, 1954
Anne Kimball, Stuart Wade and Wyatt Ordung, who also was the director; made by the King of the B Movies, independent filmmaker Roger Corman, who used the Peninsula for this and two other movies before he gained his full stature in Hollywood. The other two Peninsula-made films were "Fast and the Furious" (1954) and "Road Racers" (1959).
Monterey Pop, 1969
Documentary about the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Jefferson Airplane and Ravi Shankar; directed by James Desmond and D.A. Pennebaker.
The Moon is Down, 1943
Cedric Hardwicke, Henry Travers, Lee J. Cobb; directed by Irving Pichold; 20th Century Fox; drama about a Norwegian village resisting the Nazis.
The Muppet Movie, 1979
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzi Bear and the rest of the Muppet gang, the creations of puppeters Jim Henson, Frank Oz and company; directed by James Frawley; the Muppets travel across the United States to Hollywood for a movie deal; Oscar nominee for musical score and song ("The Rainbow Connection"); scenes filmed at Rancho San Carlos in Carmel Valley (the Muppets go singing and driving in an old jalopy truck through a grove of mossy live oak trees, which doubled for Louisiana swampland).
Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone; directed by Frank Lloyd; MGM; Oscar winner for Best Picture and acclaimed as one of Hollywood's greatest adventure movies; Oscar nominations for screenplay, director, musical score, film editing, Laughton, Gable and Tone; scenes filmed in the Monterey Harbor aboard the ships Pandora and Bounty.
My Blood Runs Cold, 1965
Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton, Barry Sullivan and Jeanette Nolan; directed by William Conrad; Warner Bros.; drama about a spoiled heiress and a madman; scenes filmed at Point Lobos.
My Favorite Brunette, 1947
Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Peter Lorre; directed by Elliott Nugent; Paramount; comedy about a photographer who gets mixed up with mobsters; scenes filmed at the Crocker Mansion in Pebble Beach; at the time the Crocker Mansion was owned by Paul Fagan and was for sale; Paramount had a replica of the front door of the mansion made and used it on a Hollywood sound stage, where a lot of the scenes were shot; location shooting began after Labor Day in 1946 at the mansion, which was built in 1927 at a cost of more than $1 million (building materials were imported stone by stone and pillar by pillar from Europe).
My Son, 1925
Nazimova and Jack Pickford; silent film; actress Alla Nazimova was the legendary star of the Russian and American stage and of many silent Hollywood films, and was known simply as Nazimova; she retired from the screen in 1925 to return to the stage, "My Son" being her last film as a star; Nazimova reappeared on the screen in talking pictures in the early '40s in character roles; Jack Pickford was the brother of screen idol Mary Pickford; scenes filmed at Knotley (also known as Notley) Landing on the coast south of Carmel heading toward Big Sur.
Our thanks to Joe Graziano of the Monterey County Herald for providing this information.
* - Indicates that Peninsula footage ended up on cutting room floor.