Johanna Demetrakas, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, John Sebastian, Mimi Farina and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; directed by Baird Bryant; 20th Century-Fox; rock documentary; scenes filmed at Esalen, just south of Big Sur.
Leslie Caron and Warren Oates; directed by Paul Magwood; MGM; detective story; scenes filmed at Rancho San Carlos in Carmel Valley, Highlands Inn and Pebble Beach.
Kent Lane, Michele Carey, Manuela Theiss and Marcia Strassman; written, produced and directed by Hal Bartlett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Bartlett who grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and moved away to become a Hollywood filmmaker; story about a young Hollywood actor (played by Lane) who doesn't fit in either the older generation or the younger, hip generation, so he drops out of college and travels; scenes filmed at Point Lobos and Carmel; with Bartlett during the filming was his wife, actress Rhonda Fleming.
Marilyn Monroe, Paul Douglas, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Ryan; directed by Fritz Lang; RKO; drama about a hardened girl who comes back from the big city to a fishing village; scenes filmed on Cannery Row.
Greta Garbo and Charles Boyer (as Napoleon); directed by Clarence Brown; MGM; Miss Garbo's last dramatic picture in which she played the Polish mistress, Marie Walewska, of Napoleon, and the story was about their doomed affair; Oscar nominee for Best Actor (Charles Boyer) and art direction; background shots (involving none of the stars) filmed on the Monterey Peninsula, with Point Lobos standing in for the island of Elba.
Janet Gaynor and Warren Baxter; directed by Alfred Santell; one of at least five films of the same name; scenes shot in the Cypress Grove area of Point Lobos; Bob Moss, who used to live in Salinas and who moved to Hayward, as a kid was an extra in the film, one of many orphans in the picture.
Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky; directed by George Fitzmaurice; story by Frances Marion; Goldwyn First National; silent; Banky's first American film, her first teaming with Colman and a mid-1920s hit of colassal proportions; from a play by Guy Bolton; story about a blinded officer in World War I who tries to persuade his fiancee to marry another man without her knowing of his own infirmity.
Claude Rains, John Garfield and the Lane Sisters; directed by Michael Curtiz; Warner Bros.; clone of "Four Daighters," the Fannie Hurst story; Monterey resident Peter Cardinale was a stand-in for John Garfield in one scene.
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.
Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons; directed by Henry Koster; 20th Century Fox; story of the rise and fall of Napoleon and is named for the love of his life before he became emperor; one of the opening scenes was filmed at the Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach, standing in for the island of Elba.