Van Johnson and Spencer Tracy (as Jimmy Doolittle); directed by Mervyn LeRoy; MGM; story about the first American attack on Japan in World War II; Oscar nominee for cinematography.
Michael Burns, Meg Foster, Marianna Hill, Bruce Dern and Joyce Van Patten; directed by Quentin Masters; Avco; story in the "Easy Rider" tradition about the hippie era in which Burns and Miss Foster are hitchhikers traveling together and sharing experiences; scenes filmed in Carmel, including inside the Mediterranean Market and Harrison Memorial Library (turned into the city jail); Hugh Bayless, retired Carmel city administrator was an extra.
Edward G. Robinson; directed by Howard Hawks; Warner Bros.; action-packed melodrama -- once referred to as an early version of "Jaws" -- about a Portuguese tuna fisherman who marries a girl out of pity, then sees her fall in love with his best friend (a popular Warner Bros. plot gambit); the action comes from sharks that attack fishermen; scenes filmed along Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey; the footage was interspersed with a few shots in San Diego and/or San Pedro Harbor, the action was described as "San Diego."
Famous Players-Lasky production company headed by Allan Dwan; scenes filmed at the old Hotel Del Monte in Monterey.
A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis.
Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield, Spencer Tracy and Frank Morgan; directed by Victor Fleming; MGM; variation on "The Grapes of Wrath;" Oscar nominee for Morgan.
Wallace Beery as Long John Silver, a boyish Jackie Cooper as Jim Hawkins and Lionel Barrymore as Billybones; directed by Victor Fleming; MGM; scenes filmed at Point Lobos, reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, from which the movie was made.
George "Slim" Summerville, Mary Philbin, Roscoe Karnes and "Big Boy" Williams; Tiffany Productions; cavalry film about three ham actors down on their luck who enlist by mistake and one of them ends up as a hero; scenes filmed at the Presidio of Monterey and the old polo grounds, now part of the Monterey Peninsula Airport and Naval Postgraduate School golf course; featured was the horsemanship of the 11th Cavalry, stationed at the Presidio.
Tom Hanks; directed by Roger Spottiswoode; Touchstone from Disney; a comedy-adventure featuring a disreputable but love-able mutt; scenes filmed in Pacific Grove, including the coastline along Ocean View Boulevard, the historic Retreat and downtown, where a real estate office was transformed into a church for a wedding scene and a bank into City Hall; film crew was here for 10 days.
James Stewart and Kim Novak; directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Paramount; thriller about a detective who falls for the woman he stalks; Oscar nominee for art direction; scenes filmed at Carmel Beach and in the environs of San Juan Bautista, including a shot of a car on Highway 101 between Prunedale and San Juan Bautista traveling in the wrong direction (north instead of south) to take advantage of better scenery; when Hitchcock filmed at the mission in San Juan Bautista, the tower, which showed up in old photos, was long gone; Hitchcock thought the mission looked better with the tower, so he had the tower built at Paramount Studios, and through the film editor's art the tower ended up on top of the mission for the movie; one of the first 25 U.S. films put on the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant under the National Film Preservation Act."