Beauty Market

Release Date: 1919

Location(s):
  • Carmel Highlands

Description:

Produced by Katherine MacDonald, who also was one of the stars along with Joseph Dowling; silent film about resort hotels; during the filming, the working title was "Guest of Hercules"; scenes filmed at the Highlands Inn in Carmel Highlands.

Big Sur

Release Date: 2013

Location(s):
  • Big Sur

Description:

A recounting of Jack Kerouac's (here known by the name of his fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz) three sojourns to the cabin in Big Sur, owned by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Blind Date

Release Date: 1987

Location(s):
  • Carmel

Description:

Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger; Blake Edwards film; comedy about what happens when Willis goes out with Miss Basinger on a blind date and gets her drunk; scenes filmed in July 1986 on the beach below Bay School near Monastery Beach south of Carmel. Peninsula-filmed scenes cut from the picture; kept on list with an asterisk because filming was done here and did involve the principals.

Brainstorm

Release Date: 1983

Location(s):
  • Bixby Creek Bridge
  • Highway 1

Description:

Natalie Wood's last film released two years after her death (she drowned while the film was still in production); scene filmed at Bixby Creek Bridge on Highway 1 south of Carmel in which the driver of a large truck crosses the bridge and continues south until he reaches a turn in the road, where he drives over a cliff high above the ocean (10 to 15 seconds of the movie).

Director: Douglas Trumbull

Actor(s):

Natalie Wood
Christopher Walken
Louise Fletcher
Cliff Robertson

Braveheart

Release Date: 1925

Location(s):
  • Monterey

Description:

Rod La Rocque and Tyrone Power Sr.; directed by Alan Hale; from the studios of Cecil B. De Mille; silent film; cavalry scenes filmed at the Presidio of Monterey, then a cavalry post; filming done here in October 1925 and was delayed three days because of fog.

Breakthrough

Release Date: 1950

Location(s):
  • Fort Ord - Seaside

Description:

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.

California

Release Date: 1947

Location(s):
  • Monterey
  • Carmel

Description:

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.

Cannery Row

Release Date: 1982

Location(s):
  • Marina
  • Monterey

Description:

Nick Nolte and Debra Winger; narrated by John Huston; directed by David Ward; MGM; story based on two John Steinbeck novels, "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday"; Raquel Welch originally cast in the Winger role but was fired; scenes filmed at sand dunes north of Marina and Cannery Row waterfront (Cannery Row street scenes were done in a sound studio in Culver City).

Captain January

Release Date: 1936

Location(s):
  • Point Lobos
  • Pebble Beach
  • Monterey
  • Pacific Grove

Description:

Shirley Temple and Guy Kibbee; directed by David Butler; 20th Century-Fox; story about a lighthouse keeper who rescues a ship-wrecked Shirley Temple and raises her as a daughter; background scenes, without either Miss Temple or Kibbee, filmed at Point Lobos, Stillwater Cove in Pebble Beach and Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey and in Pacific Grove; at least 18 local people were hired as extras, mostly from the Workers' Protective Association of East Monterey; the director and film crew stayed at the old Hotel Del Monte, once the playground of the rich and famous and now the Naval Postgraduate School, and at the old Hotel San Carlos, now the Monterey Marriott.

Captains Courageous

Release Date: 1937

Location(s):
  • Monterey

Description:

Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Melvyn Douglas, Lionel Barrymore, Mickey Rooney and John Carradine; directed by Victor Fleming; MGM; story-- based on the writings of Rudyard Kipling-- about a spoiled rich kid who falls off a cruise ship and is rescued by a fisherman who teaches the boy to love the sea; Spencer Tracy won the Best Actor Oscar; Oscar nominee for screenplay and film editing; scenes filmed on Monterey Bay involving two schooners, which tied up at Wharf No. 2 in Monterey.