Lana Turner, Ezio Pinza, Marjorie Main, Barry Sullivan, Cedric Hardwicke and Debbie Reynolds; directed by Don Hartman; MGM; light comedy about a May-to-December romance; scenes filmed along the Pebble Beach coast, including the Crocker Mansion, Richard Rodgers house, Lone Cypress and Pebble Beach Ghost Tree or Witch Tree at Pescadero Point (standing in for the coast of Italy).
Joan Caufield and David Niven; directed by Frank Ross; United Artist; comedy about a magazine photographer who interviews a woman who has written an anti-men book and breaks down her romantic resistance; scenes filmed at the Pine Inn in Carmel and the nearby coastline.
Robert Young and Betsy Drake; directed by James Kern; United Artist; suspense drama about a man suspected in the death of his fiancee.
Frank Lovejoy, John Agar, Brian Keith and Richard Egan; directed by Lewis Seiler; Warner Bros.; World War II action film about an Army unit after D-Day; scenes filmed at Fort Ord, where beaches and inland areas stood in for Normandy and indoor scenes were shot in an orderly room and a barracks; local National Guard tanks were made to look like German Tiger tanks; Seaside resident Carney Hartley was a stand-in for Brian Keith.
Robert Ryan and Lorraine Day; directed by Robert Stevenson; RKO; shooting title was "East Is East" and alternate title was "I Married a Communist;" story about a shipping executive being blackmailed by communists who know he committed a crime when he was a kid; scenes filmed at Point Lobos.
Dana Andrews, Jeff Chandler and Martha Toren; directed by George Sherman; written and produced by Robert Buckner who lived in Pebble Beach; suspense action drama about the underground smuggling refugees out of Europe to the Palestine Coast; scenes filmed at Del Monte Beach in Monterey, which stood in for the Palestinian shore; one of the extras who manned the oars of the landing craft was high school student John Anastasia; the big thrills came during the landings on the shore in heavy surf as boats pitched wildly into each other and several of the extras were swamped by the waves, but none was hurt, no children were used in the landings because of the hazards; 300 extras -- men, women and children -- were on the set from one to seven days, earning $15.50 a day; two special teachers were brought in to teach school half-a-day each day the children were on the set; it's a good thing the squid weren't running in Monterey Bay that day or the Promised Land would have become deserted, according to one wag during the filming of a beach scene using 100 extras, portraying lines of ragged and weary Jewish refugees landing in Palestine, most were Monterey fishermen of Sicillian descent who had had a poor season chasing fish; working title was "Sword in the Sand."
Jane Wyman and Lew Ayres; directed by Jean Negulesco; Warner; from a play by Elmer Harris; memorable performance by Miss Wyman, who won an Oscar for Best Actress playing a deaf mute in a sensitive story about life in the silent world; Oscar nominee for Best Picture, screenplay, direction, cinematography, musical score and art direction; scenes filmed along the Pebble Beach-Pacific Grove waterfront.
Ray Milland, Barbara Stanwyck and Barry Fitzgerald; directed by John Farrow; Paramount; Hollywood spectacular set in the days before California became a state, when there was a struggle over whether it would become part of the United States or be its own republic; Milland played a rugged soldier of fortune in his first outdoor adventure film; scenes filmed at Monterey's historic landmarks, including Colton Hall, and the Carmel Mission.
Ida Lupino, Dane Clark, Wayne Morris and Fay Bainter; directed by Jean Neguleco; Warner Bros.; strike on the studio backlot forced the cast and crew to go on the road to make the picture; story involved a chain-gang working on the new coast highway (Route 1) winding around Big Sur; Miss Lupino plays a shy, young farm girl whose parents are loveless and repressive. She discovers one of the convicts (Clark) who escaped from the chain-gang, and they join together as kindred spirits; shot entirely on location in Big Sur and Big Bear, Deetjen built two cabins for the set that became part of the Big Sur Inn (which was called Deetjen's by local people); rugged portrayal of the landscape _ including heavy rain storms _ was intended to show the stark drama of Big Sur life in those days; Dan Totheroh of Carmel wrote the original story as a novel, and the film made its debut at the old Carmel Theater. The opening-night audience included Big Sur oldtimers whose families were pioneers before California became a state.
Greer Garson, Richard Hart and Robert Mitchum; no director credit, at least three directors worked on the film, including George Cukor, who did most of the work and was entitled to the credit, Mervyn LeRoy and Jack Conway; MGM; during the filming, it had a working title of "A Woman of My Own"; drama about the wife of a Normany villager who hears that he has died in a concentration camp and marries the bearer of the news, who turns out to be a psycotic who had left her husband for dead _ but he didn't die; scenes filmed at Point Lobos, 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, Malpaso Creek on the coast south of Carmel and elsewhere on the Monterey Peninsula and its environs; the film was plagued by delays and other problems, including retakes and re-editing and a last-minute replacement of Robert Montgomery with Hart as the male lead; Miss Garson was hospitalized after being swept off the rocks by an ocean wave at Malpaso Creek and rolled in 10 feet of water before being rescued by a fisherman employed on the set, Monterey purse seine skipper Vincent Sollecito; Miss Garson suffered bruises and a back sprain and was off the set for a week or more; MGM had wanted to put up a few buildings at the Point Lobos State Reserve but withdrew the idea when the Point Lobos League, fearful of a repeat of an earlier filming episode at Point Lobos that damaged the fragile environment, tried to stop the filming altogether. MGM was allowed to film at Point Lobos but under the watchful eye of the Point Lobos League; the late 1930s to mid-'40s was a particularly favorite period for Peninsula-made films, and the number during that time may have exceeded 50.