Deep Valley

Release date:1947

  • Big Sur


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.