Desire Me

Release Date: 1947

Location(s):
  • Point Lobos
  • Pebble Beach
  • Malpaso Creek

Description:

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.

Doctor Doolittle

Release Date: 1967

Location(s):
  • Big Sur

Description:

Rex Harrison, Anthony Newley, Samantha Eggar and Richard Attenborough; directed by Richard Fleischer; 20th Century Fox; Dr. Dolittle is a veterinary surgeon who talks to animals; the song "Talk to the Animals" won the Oscar, and the movie was nominated for a total of five Oscars, including Best Picture, cinematography and musical score; scenes filmed at the Doud Ranch in Big Sur over four days.

Dust Be My Destiny

Release Date: 1939

Location(s):
  • Monterey

Description:

John Garfield and Priscilla Lane; directed by Lewis Seiler; Warner; saga of a man trying to find his destiny; scenes filmed in front of Colton Hall.

East of Eden

Release Date: 1955

Location(s):
  • Salinas
  • Salinas Valley

Description:

James Dean, Julie Harris and Jo Van Fleet (Oscar winner); directed by Elia Kazan; Warner Bros.; based on part of John Steinbeck's novel, it is a story about a sensitive youth who feels unloved and unwanted by his father; nominated for Oscars for screenplay, director and actor (James Dean in first starring role); scenes filmed in the Salinas Valley, including the city of Salinas

Edge of Darkness

Release Date: 1942

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

Description:

Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Judith Anderson, Walter Huston and Helmut Dantine; directed by Lewis Milestone; Warner Bros.; World War II drama about attempts to liberate Norway; scenes filmed at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, which was transformed into a Norwegian fishing village, Point Lobos and the shores of Pebble Beach; Carmel Valley resident Louis C. Moore was a uniformed member of the German Luftwaffe in the film.

Escape to Witch Mountain

Release Date: 1975

Location(s):
  • Carmel Valley
  • Big Sur
  • Pebble Beach

Description:

Eddie Albert and Ray Milland; directed by John Hough; Disney; story about children with powers from another planet being chased by a millionaire; scenes filmed in Carmel Valley, Big Sur and Pebble Beach (including the Crocker Mansion).

Evangeline

Release Date: 1929

Location(s):
  • Point Lobos

Description:

Dolores del Rio and Roland Drew; directed by Edwin Carewe; United Artist; scenes filmed at Point Lobos.

Eve's Secret

Release Date: 1925

Location(s):
  • Carmel Beach

Description:

Betty Compson and Jack Holt; produced by Clarence Badger; taken from the book, "Moon-Flower"; scenes filmed at the beach in Carmel.

Everything for Sale

Release Date: 1921

Location(s):
  • Monterey County

Description:

Kathlyn Williams; written by Hector Turnbull; Famous Players-Lasky picture.

Famous Places

Release Date: 1937

Location(s):
  • Monterey

Description:

Color film; includes footage of the stage melodrama, "Tatters, the Pet of Squatter's Gulch," at California's First Theater in Monterey; the theater was resurrected by Dene Denney and Hazel Watrous with the "Tatters" production, opening June 3, 1937, running three nights and being revived for another week in July; "Tatters" was filmed by Dick Bare, who may have been connected to a Carmel production company; a new color filming technique, given a trial run for "Tatters," was developed by Bare and his partner Bob Edgren, both "film nuts" who ran the Filmarte Theater in Carmel, which showed shocking films like "Ecstasy."