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."
Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Evelyn Rudie (as a child star); directed by Jean Negulesco; 20th Century Fox; story about a childless couple who adopt a strange little girl; Karlsson Roth at the age of 11 was a double for Miss Rudie.
Robert Wagner, Bradford Dilman, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange, Sheree North and Dana Winter; 20th Century Fox; $2 million budget; drama about three young Marines' adventures in love and war; the story was based on Monterey author Anton Myrer's second novel, "The Big War;" filmed entirely on the Monterey Peninsula, including Fisherman's Wharf, the Ghost Tree on the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach and the Beach and Tennis Club at Pebble Beach; Ted Balestreri, then a freshman at Monterey Peninsula College and now co-owner of the Sardine Factory on Cannery Row in Monterey and other restaurants, had a bit part, a speaking role in three scenes, as Hunter's younger brother on a fishing boat; local extras in the film included Brenda Buerger (daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Newton Buerger of Pebble Beach who was a stand in for Miss Lang), Tom Coble, Ken Greene, Gregorio Cueto and Jill Livingston (then the 4-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Livingstone of Carmel; Jill's twin sister might also have been in the film).
Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood; directed by Delmer Daves; United Artist; war drama about two GIs who fall for the same woman; scenes filmed at Yankee Point and in a pear orchard in lower Carmel Valley.
Alan Ladd, Dianne Foster, William Bendix, Keenan Wynn, James Whitmore and Joey Bishop; directed by Rudolph Mate; Warner Bros.; World War II Navy drama; a car owned by Ramon Oliver of Monterey, a 1941 Cadillac convertible, was used in the film.
James Stewart and Kim Novak; directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Paramount; thriller about a detective who falls for the woman he stalks; Oscar nominee for art direction; scenes filmed at Carmel Beach and in the environs of San Juan Bautista, including a shot of a car on Highway 101 between Prunedale and San Juan Bautista traveling in the wrong direction (north instead of south) to take advantage of better scenery; when Hitchcock filmed at the mission in San Juan Bautista, the tower, which showed up in old photos, was long gone; Hitchcock thought the mission looked better with the tower, so he had the tower built at Paramount Studios, and through the film editor's art the tower ended up on top of the mission for the movie; one of the first 25 U.S. films put on the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant under the National Film Preservation Act."
Sterling Hayden, Pamela Duncan, Mary Beth Hughes, Lee Van Cleef, Byron Foulger and Ted de Corsia; directed by Carl G. Hittleman; Allied Artists; grade-B western about a gunslinger out for revenge; scenes filmed along the Monterey Peninsula coastline, including the Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach.
Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan and Frank Lovejoy; directed by Andrew Stone; MGM; suspense drama about a concert pianist who plans to murder his wife; Oscar nominee for screenplay and song (title song); scenes filmed at the Monterey Peninsula Airport, including a plane-landing scene, and elsewhere on the Peninsula, including Colton Hall; Monty Hellam, a former police judge, had a bit part and was in Colton Hall when "Julie" went to the "Carmel Police Station" to report an attempt on her life.
Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood; directed by David Butler; story about a new recruit in the Army; scenes filmed at Fort Ord.
Feature-length documentary about still photography featuring Edward Weston, Alfred Eisenstadt and Margaret Bourke White; directed and produced by Louis Clyde Stoumen; cinematography by Ed Martin (who years later bought a house in Carmel); nominated for an Oscar for cinematography; scenes filmed at Weston's home in Carmel.