William Shatner; an obscure film; dialogue spoken in Esperanto (an artificial language using word bases common to major European languages); shown at the San Francisco Film Festival and apparently never put into general release; a failed attempt to be an American-made "art film" and to look like an Ingmar Bergman movie ("The Seventh Seal" or "The Virgin Spring"); scenes filmed in Big Sur.
Ingrid Bergman in her first American film and Leslie Howard; directed by David O. Selznick; landmark film (Hollywood's version of the Swedish original); emotional love story about a great violinist whose happy marriage becomes imperiled when he falls in love with his daughter's piano teacher; Oscar nominee for musical score; early scene in the movie filmed near the 15th hole at the Cypress Point golf course; a cousin of Mary Shaw of Monterey was a stand-in for Miss Bergman and was paid $5.
Celia Kaye, Larry Domasin and George Kennedy; directed by James B. Clark; Universal; drama about two orphaned children who grow up on a California Island, protected by wild dogs.
Don Taylor, Shirley Yamaguchi, Cameron Mitchell and Marie Windsor; directed by King Vidor; 20th Century Fox; domestic drama about an officer wounded in Korea who marries his Japanese nurse and takes her home to California; scenes filmed on the Monterey Peninsula, including Point Lobos, and in Salinas, including the first-ever filming of a movie from a helicopter.
Jane Wyman and Lew Ayres; directed by Jean Negulesco; Warner; from a play by Elmer Harris; memorable performance by Miss Wyman, who won an Oscar for Best Actress playing a deaf mute in a sensitive story about life in the silent world; Oscar nominee for Best Picture, screenplay, direction, cinematography, musical score and art direction; scenes filmed along the Pebble Beach-Pacific Grove waterfront.
Directed by Hall Bartlett; Paramount; fantasy about a seagull who aims to fly faster than his peers and arrives at a perfect world; filmed in and around the Monterey Regional Waste Management District's Marina landfill (what used to be called a dump); the district was formerly known as the Monterey Peninsula Garbage and Refuse Disposal District and its letterhead carries the slogan, "Home of Jonathan Livingston Seagull," because so much of the movie was filmed at the district's landfill; Oscar nominee for cinematography.
Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan and Frank Lovejoy; directed by Andrew Stone; MGM; suspense drama about a concert pianist who plans to murder his wife; Oscar nominee for screenplay and song (title song); scenes filmed at the Monterey Peninsula Airport, including a plane-landing scene, and elsewhere on the Peninsula, including Colton Hall; Monty Hellam, a former police judge, had a bit part and was in Colton Hall when "Julie" went to the "Carmel Police Station" to report an attempt on her life.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Emma Thompson and Frank Langella; directed by Ivan Reitman; Universal; fantasy about male pregnancy; scenes filmed at Stonepine Resort in Carmel Valley and at Big Sur.
Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood; directed by Delmer Daves; United Artist; war drama about two GIs who fall for the same woman; scenes filmed at Yankee Point and in a pear orchard in lower Carmel Valley.
Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor; directed by Fred M. Wilcox; MGM; the first of the Lassie films about a poor family forced to sell its beloved dog, but the dog makes a remarkable journey to return to them; Oscar nominee for cinematography; scenes filmed at Point Lobos.