Hoot Gibson, Sally Eilers and Walter Brennan; directed by Arthur Rosson and produced by Hoot Gibson; Universal; Western melodrama about a playful cowboy who saves a damsel from quicksand, wins a horse race at the rodeo, captures the bad guys and ends up with his true love; a remake of the 1923 "The Ramblin' Kid," from a novel by the same name; Hoot Gibson's first talking picture (and an interesting look at early sound films); theater ads proclaimed: "Here's Hoot riding his wildest, fighting his hardest, loving his grandest;" Sally Eilers, who appeared in films from 1927 to 1951, was Gibson's wife from 1930 to 1933; for Walter Brennan, who was to go on to win three Academy Awards, this was his third year in films and his sixth movie at the age of 35; scenes filmed at the 18th annual California Rodeo in Salinas July 17-21, 1929, with big crowd scenes and rodeo action that figure prominently in the plot; filmmakers were in Salinas for an entire week; Gibson had told rodeo officials that he needed to film on location at some rodeo somewhere and he preferred the California Rodeo in Salinas, but he said he would come to Salinas only if he could have the movie rights to the rodeo (rodeo officials said he could have whatever rights he wanted and were excited about having him there and the prospect of local people being in the film; this was the first all-talking sound feature shown at the old Crystal Theatre in Salinas on Jan. 2, 1930.
Dean Jones, Michele Lee and Buddy Hackett; directed by Robert Stevenson; Disney; comedy about a Volkswagen car with a mind if its own.
Mary Pickford and Fred Thomson; scenes filmed at Point Lobos.
Tom Laughlin; directed by Frank Laughlin; scenes filmed south of Carmel at the Little Sur River and Garrapata Beach, where the shell of a rustic cabin was built as a movie prop. At Pfeiffer Beach, filmmakers built a plaster "Mission" as part of a small Native American village for the film. They also placed a small footbridge across Sycamore Creek to take them to the other side, where the temporary thatched village sat.
Chester Morris, Sylvia Sidney, Hobart Bosworth (as the miracle man), Boris Karloff and Ned Sparks; directed by Norman McLeod; Paramount; a "talkie" remake of a 1919 silent film; story about a group of con artists who encounter a man with the power to work miracles; background scenes filmed at Point Lobos, 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach and elsewhere on the Monterey Peninsula; none of the starts were on the Peninsula for the initial filming, and local residents L.B. Woods, C.H. Dixon and Harvey Murphy were used as doubles for the actors, including Bosworth (Wood was his double) and Morris; a few additional Peninsula scenes were filmed later and Bosworth accompanied the film crew, headed by O.W. Roberts; the balance of the movie was filmed at the Paramount Ranch near Hollywood; Paramount was lured to the Peninsula by Jean Juillard, who was president of the San Carlos Hotel Co. and a former assistant manager of the old Hotel Del Monte. Juillard led the formation of the Monterey Peninsula Motion Picture Association to encourage Hollywood studios to film on the Peninsula.
Roy Stewart and Pauline Frederick; scenes filmed at Point Lobos.
Anne Kimball, Stuart Wade and Wyatt Ordung, who also was the director; made by the King of the B Movies, independent filmmaker Roger Corman, who used the Peninsula for this and two other movies before he gained his full stature in Hollywood. The other two Peninsula-made films were "Fast and the Furious" (1954) and "Road Racers" (1959).
Cedric Hardwicke, Henry Travers, Lee J. Cobb; directed by Irving Pichold; 20th Century Fox; drama about a Norwegian village resisting the Nazis.
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzi Bear and the rest of the Muppet gang, the creations of puppeters Jim Henson, Frank Oz and company; directed by James Frawley; the Muppets travel across the United States to Hollywood for a movie deal; Oscar nominee for musical score and song ("The Rainbow Connection"); scenes filmed at Rancho San Carlos in Carmel Valley (the Muppets go singing and driving in an old jalopy truck through a grove of mossy live oak trees, which doubled for Louisiana swampland).
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.