Movies in Monterey
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Films Shot in Monterey County
Paddy the Next Best Thing, 1933
Janet Gaynor and Warner Baxter; directed by Harry Lachman; Fox; a romantic romp about the adventures of a tomboy in New York City; scenes filmed along the coast south of Carmel, including Point Lobos.
Paid to Love, 1926
George O'Brien, Virginia Valli, William Powell, Thomas Jefferson and J. Wilson McDonald; directed by Howard Hawks; Fox; scenes filmed at 17 Miles Drive in Pebble Beach and Cypress Point at Point Lobos, where a Monte Carlo set was built.
The Parent Trap, 1961
Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith; directed by David Swift; Disney; story about twin daughters (both played by Miss Mills) whose parents are separated and how they try to bring the family back together; scenes filmed at the baggage counter at the Monterey Peninsula Airport, on the balcony of The Lodge at Pebble Beach overlooking the 18th hole of the golf course and at Cypress Point in Pebble Beach; Wharf Theater actors Bill Houle, Ruth Warshawsky, Ron Robertson, George Gordon and David Riley were extras in the film.
Passion Fruit, 1920
Doraldina (champion hula dancer); scenes filmed at Cypress Point in Pebble Beach.
Peg o' My Heart, 1933
Marion Davies, Onslow Stevens, J. Farrell MacDonald, Juliette Compton and Alan Mowbay; directed by Robert Z. Leonard; musical remake tailored to Miss Davies with songs written especially for her; scenes filmed at Point Lobos, Carmel Highlands or Pebble Beach.
Pidgin Island, 1916
Harold Lockwood and May Allison; scenes filmed on the beach near the old cannery at Point Lobos; filming was interrupted by a wave; the unexpected fury drenched the filmmakers, ruined the camera and caused cast and crew to cling to each other to avoid being dragged into the wild surf; the film crew returned to the spot to finish their work.
Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter and Donna Mills; directed by Eastwood; Universal; thriller about a radio disc jockey who is pestered by a woman who becomes homicidally jealous; scenes filmed in Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey.
Poco Loco, 1994
Susan Brecht, Sandra Chapin and Meeka Schmalle; directed by Deborah Koons (also co-producer); Mill Valley-based Signs of Life Films; working title was "Rancho Fandango," romantic comedy, modern version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," about two sisters who argue over whether a ranch they have inherited should be turned into an organic farm or a tennis resort; first feature film for Koons of Mill Valley, who produced a series of educational films on early child development in the 1980s; Koons on Valentine's Day in 1994 married rock music legend Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist and spiritual leader of the Grateful Dead; two cousins, co-producer and co-writer Ellen Osborne of Oakland and production manager Ellen DeVine of San Francisco, both graduated from Peninsula high schools and are related to Samuel Morse, founder of Pebble Beach, Osborne as a granddaughter and DeVine as a great-niece, Osborne graduated from Santa Catalina School in 1971 and DeVine from York School in 1981; production dominated by women in an attempt to give women an avenue of opportunity in a largely male-dominated industry; cast drawn from San Francisco Bay Area theatrical circles; low-budget production (under $1 million) released to film festivals and universities; premiere at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Marin County; scenes filmed in Carmel Valley (for six weeks in September and October 1992), primarily at the Holman Ranch and also at Rancho San Carlos, the Hastings Natural History Reservation and River Ranch.
Poetic Justice, 1993
Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur; directed by John Singleton, who made "Boyz N The Hood;" Columbia Pictures; romantic drama about a hairdresser named Justice who writes poetry (Jackson) and who rides with a postal worker (Shakur) from South-Central Los Angeles to Oakland; rated R; Maya Angelou wrote the poems for the film, and Singleton did the screenplay; "Poetic Justice" was released in book form by Delta; scenes filmed near Big Creek Bridge in Big Sur over three days in June 1992.
Primrose Path, 1925
Clara Bow; directed by Harry Hoyt; Arrow.
The Primrose Path, 1940
Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea, Marjorie Rambeau (Oscar nominee), Miles Mander and Henry Travers; directed by Gregory La Cava; RKO; story about the youngest of a family of shanty-town prostitutes who falls in love with an honest hamburger stand proprietor; scenes filmed along the Pacific Grove waterfront.
Our thanks to Joe Graziano of the Monterey County Herald for providing this information.
* - Indicates that Peninsula footage ended up on cutting room floor.