Movies in Monterey
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Films Shot in Monterey County
Adda Gleason and Monroe Salisbury, directed by Donald Crisp; one of several silent films that dealt with the Helen Hunt Jackson novel about a half-breed girl and an Indian chief's son who fight the greed of white pioneers; 3,000 feet of film shot in the Monterey area.
Dolores del Rio; scenes filmed at Point Lobos; sisters Toni and Clara Brucia, ages 5 and 6, were extras as the little childern of the soldiers going off to fight; they wore little scarves over their hair and waved to their "fathers."
Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders and Judith Anderson; directed by Alfred Hitchcock (his first American movie); Selznick International; a story of comedy, romance and suspense about a second wife who is haunted by the image of the first wife; set in Monte Carlo and Cornwall, England; Oscars for Best Picture and cinematography and nominations for director, musical score, film editing, Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson; scenes filmed at Point Lobos, which stood in for the coastline of Cornwall.
The Right Way, 1920
Bert Lytell, Gibson Gowland and Leatrice Joy; directed by Jack Dillon; Metro; drama about a cynical attorney whose faith in mankind is restored; two endings were filmed -- one in which the hero dies, in line with the novel, "The Right of Way," by Sir Gilbert Parker, and the other a "happy ending," theater operators were allowed by Metro to show either ending -- or both at different showings; forest scenes filmed near Monterey.
Road Racers, 1959
Made by Roger Corman, King of the B Movies; his other Peninsula movies in the 1950s were "Fast and the Furious" and "The Monster From the Ocean Floor."
The Rosary, 1921
Lewis Stone; Selig-Rork; scenes filmed in the Carmel area.
Rose of the Golden West, 1927
Gilbert Roland and Mary Astor; directed by George Fitzmaurice; First National; scenes filmed at Point Lobos.
Rose of the Rancho, 1914
Bessie Barriscale; directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille; Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.; one of the first of 70 films done by DeMille and done the year he started in movies; DeMille is the person most responsible for making Hollywood the film capital, he moved Hollywood from two- and three-reel films into feature-length motion pictures; in 1914, DeMille was director general of the Lasky Co., a partnership of DeMille, Lasky and Samuel Goldfish (later Goldwyn), which grew into the giant Paramount Pictures; Miss Barriscale's second film; she was a star of early silent movies, typically romantic melodramas, whose career peaked prior to 1920; filmed extensively in Monterey; cast and crew of 40 people shot thousands of feet of film in Monterey, using the city's historic buildings and scenic beauty as a backdrop; filming was done in September 1914, and the picture was released in the theaters before the end of the year.
Our thanks to Joe Graziano of the Monterey County Herald for providing this information.
* - Indicates that Peninsula footage ended up on cutting room floor.