My Son

Release date:1925

Location(s):
  • Monterey Peninsula

Description:

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.

Why Women Love

Release date:1925

Location(s):
  • Point Lobos

Description:

Blanche Sweet and Robert Frazer; the story of a New England fishing village; scenes filmed at Point Lobos; the cast stayed at the Highlands Inn.

The Primrose Path

Release date:1925

Location(s):
  • Monterey County

Description:

Clara Bow; directed by Harry Hoyt; Arrow.

Sporting Youth

Release date:1924

Location(s):
  • Hotel Del Monte - Monterey
  • 17 Mile Drive - Pebble Beach
  • Monterey Peninsula

Description:

Reginald Denny; Universal; scenes filmed at the old Hotel Del Monte in Monterey (now the Naval Postgraduate School), along the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach and other scenic locations on the Monterey Peninsula; unusually heavy fog in August 1923 repeatedly delayed filming of exterior shots at the hotel.

Foolish Wives

Release date:1922

Location(s):
  • 17 Mile Drive - Pebble Beach
  • Point Lobos

Description:

Eric Von Stroheim (one of the silent screen's greatest directors and actors who was known for his unbridled extravagance) and Mae Busch; directed by Von Stroheim; Universal; considered Von Stroheim's most vivid star performance and one of his most lavish productions; billed as the first million dollar movie; a risque film in those days; story about a fake count in Monte Carlo who seduces and blackmails rich women; scenes filmed along the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach and at Point Lobos, featuring a large Monte Carlo set, four stories high, at Sea Lion Point in the Point Lobos State Reserve; 500 extras, including 350 socialites from San Francisco and Monterey County, among them Charles Crocker, Betty Folger, Howard and Rudolph Spreckels, George Newhall, Elyse Hopkins, Joseph Tobin, M.H. DeYoung and S.F.B. Morse.

Shadows

Release date:1922

Location(s):
  • Monterey
  • Whalers' Cove - Point Lobos
  • Carmel

Description:

Lon Chaney, Harrison Ford and Marguerite DeLa Motte; directed by Tom Forman; Lichtman Studios; silent film in which Chaney plays a Chinese laundryman; scenes filmed at Whalers' Cove at Point Lobos, on Ocean Avenue in Carmel (including one scene with a wandering musician) and in Monterey at Fisherman's Wharf and in the 500 block of Larkin Street; the Larkin Street shots were night scenes and people in the neighborhood sat on the bank of a vacant lot across the street and watched for several evenings; huge klieg lights in front windows of nearby homes were set up to illuminate the street; the film crew promised to pay the residents for the inconvenience but never did; a large Chinese junk was built for the film and launched off the point Lobos Canning Co.'s wharf; members of the Monterey Civic Club were extras in a scene filmed at the waterfront, which showed the arrival of a minister.

Tess of the Storm Country

Release date:1922

Location(s):
  • 17 Mile Drive
  • Point Lobos

Description:

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.

White Shoulders

Release date:1922

Location(s):
  • Monterey
  • Pebble Beach

Description:

Katherine McDonald and Bryant Washburn; Preferred; scenes filmed at the old Hotel Del Monte and along the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.

The Rosary

Release date:1922

Location(s):
  • Carmel

Description:

Lewis Stone; Selig-Rork; scenes filmed in the Carmel area.

Everything for Sale

Release date:1921

Location(s):
  • Monterey County

Description:

Kathlyn Williams; written by Hector Turnbull; Famous Players-Lasky picture.