Movies in Monterey
A to Z
Films Shot in Monterey County
Take the High Ground, 1953
Richard Widmark, Karl Malden and Elaine Stewart; directed by Richard Brooks; MGM; story about a tough sergeant who trains raw recruits, including the conscripts of the day, for the war in Korea; scriptwriter Millard Kaufman nominated for an Oscar; scenes filmed at Fort Ord; basic training facilities and Army personnel were used in the movie.
The Tale of Life, 1916
The Terror, 1963
Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson and Sandra Knight; directed by Roger Corman, King of the B Movies, who also co-produced it with Francis Ford Coppola; low-budget horror movie, panned by the critics, about a baron who lives for 20 years in a creepy castle, mourning the death of his wife; one of Corman's quickies; it was shot over one weekend on the set of "The Raven," plus location scenes done at Big Sur and other coastal locations in California; in Corman's autobiography, "How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime," Nicholson said he was overcome by a wave while wearing a heavy costume and almost drowned in the surf at Big Sur during the filming and that Coppola, in charge of the Big Sur filming, went over budget by taking 11 days instead of three days at Big Sur.
Tess of the Storm Country, 1922
Silent version, Mary Pickford and Lloyd Hughes; United Artists; drama about squatters, murder, injustice and poverty; scenes filmed on a then-lonely section of the 17 Mile Drive and at Point Lobos.
Tess of the Storm Country, 1932
Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell; directed by Alfred Santell; Fox; romantic film about a retired sea captain's daughter who loves the lord of the manor.
They Drive by Night, 1940
George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan and Ida Lupino; directed by Raoul Walsh; Warner Bros.; action film about competition in the trucking business; scenes filmed at Wharf No. 2 in Monterey (hauling fish by truck).
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, 1944
Van Johnson and Spencer Tracy (as Jimmy Doolittle); directed by Mervyn LeRoy; MGM; story about the first American attack on Japan in World War II; Oscar nominee for cinematography.
Thumb Tripping, 1972
Michael Burns, Meg Foster, Marianna Hill, Bruce Dern and Joyce Van Patten; directed by Quentin Masters; Avco; story in the "Easy Rider" tradition about the hippie era in which Burns and Miss Foster are hitchhikers traveling together and sharing experiences; scenes filmed in Carmel, including inside the Mediterranean Market and Harrison Memorial Library (turned into the city jail); Hugh Bayless, retired Carmel city administrator was an extra.
Tiger Shark, 1932
Edward G. Robinson; directed by Howard Hawks; Warner Bros.; action-packed melodrama -- once referred to as an early version of "Jaws" -- about a Portuguese tuna fisherman who marries a girl out of pity, then sees her fall in love with his best friend (a popular Warner Bros. plot gambit); the action comes from sharks that attack fishermen; scenes filmed along Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey; the footage was interspersed with a few shots in San Diego and/or San Pedro Harbor, the action was described as "San Diego."
Tin Gods, 1926
Famous Players-Lasky production company headed by Allan Dwan; scenes filmed at the old Hotel Del Monte in Monterey.
Tortilla Flat, 1942
Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield, Spencer Tracy and Frank Morgan; directed by Victor Fleming; MGM; variation on "The Grapes of Wrath;" Oscar nominee for Morgan.
Treasure Island, 1934
Wallace Beery as Long John Silver, a boyish Jackie Cooper as Jim Hawkins and Lionel Barrymore as Billybones; directed by Victor Fleming; MGM; scenes filmed at Point Lobos, reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, from which the movie was made.
The Trial of Billy Jack, 1974
Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Victor Izay, Teresa Laughlin, William Wellman Jr. and Sacheen Littlefeather; Warner Bros.; story about a crusading Indian half-breed who fights corruption.
Troopers Three, 1930
George "Slim" Summerville, Mary Philbin, Roscoe Karnes and "Big Boy" Williams; Tiffany Productions; cavalry film about three ham actors down on their luck who enlist by mistake and one of them ends up as a hero; scenes filmed at the Presidio of Monterey and the old polo grounds, now part of the Monterey Peninsula Airport and Naval Postgraduate School golf course; featured was the horsemanship of the 11th Cavalry, stationed at the Presidio.
Turner & Hooch, 1989
Tom Hanks; directed by Roger Spottiswoode; Touchstone from Disney; a comedy-adventure featuring a disreputable but loveable mutt; scenes filmed in Pacific Grove, including the coastline along Ocean View Boulevard, the historic Retreat and downtown, where a real estate office was transformed into a church for a wedding scene and a bank into City Hall; film crew was here for 10 days.
The Turning Point, 1920
Kathryn McDonald, Nigel Barrie, Leota Lorraine and William V. Mong; scenes filmed at the old Hotel Del Monte, now the Naval Postgraduate School.
Our thanks to Joe Graziano of the Monterey County Herald for providing this information.
* - Indicates that Peninsula footage ended up on cutting room floor.