The Count of Monte Cristo

Release date:1934

Location(s):
  • Pebble Beach

Description:

Robert Donat; directed by Rowland V. Lee; Reliance; classic Hollywood swashbuckler; 20 seconds of the Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach.

I Cover the Waterfront

Release date:1933

Location(s):
  • Monterey

Description:

Claudette Colbert, Ernest Torrence in his last movie and Ben Lyon; directed by James Cruze; United Artist; tough, even daring, drama about a reporter who uses a girl's friendship to expose her father's smuggling activities; the story is based on Max Miller's popular book of the same name; the film originated the phrase, "Not tonight, Josephine!" Monterey stood in for the San Diego waterfront, where the story is set; film crew was in Monterey for two months; in one filming sequence, Sal Colletto, "Beau Brummel of Fisherman's Wharf," was photographed at the wheel of his purse seiner, the Dante Alighieri, about a mile off Fisherman's Wharf.

Paddy the Next Best Thing

Release date:1933

Location(s):
  • Monterey Peninsula
  • Point Lobos

Description:

Janet Gaynor and Warner Baxter; directed by Harry Lachman; Fox; a romantic romp about the adventures of a tomboy in New York City; scenes filmed along the coast south of Carmel, including Point Lobos.

The Little Giant

Release date:1933

Location(s):
  • Monterey

Description:

Edward G. Robinson and Mary Astor; directed by Roy Del Ruth; Warner Bros.; polo field at the old Hotel Del Monte in Monterey used for a cominal scene in which Robinson and his fellow gangster characters try to play polo.

Peg O' My Heart

Release date:1933

Location(s):
  • Point Lobos
  • Carmel Highlands
  • Pebble Beach

Description:

Marion Davies, Onslow Stevens, J. Farrell MacDonald, Juliette Compton and Alan Mowbay; directed by Robert Z. Leonard; musical remake tailored to Miss Davies with songs written especially for her; scenes filmed at Point Lobos, Carmel Highlands or Pebble Beach.

Tess of the Storm Country

Release date:1932

Location(s):
  • Monterey County

Description:

Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell; directed by Alfred Santell; Fox; romantic film about a retired sea captain's daughter who loves the lord of the manor.

The Miracle Man

Release date:1932

Location(s):
  • Point Lobos
  • 17 Mile Drive - Pebble Beach
  • Monterey Peninsula

Description:

Chester Morris, Sylvia Sidney, Hobart Bosworth (as the miracle man), Boris Karloff and Ned Sparks; directed by Norman McLeod; Paramount; a "talkie" remake of a 1919 silent film; story about a group of con artists who encounter a man with the power to work miracles; background scenes filmed at Point Lobos, 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach and elsewhere on the Monterey Peninsula; none of the starts were on the Peninsula for the initial filming, and local residents L.B. Woods, C.H. Dixon and Harvey Murphy were used as doubles for the actors, including Bosworth (Wood was his double) and Morris; a few additional Peninsula scenes were filmed later and Bosworth accompanied the film crew, headed by O.W. Roberts; the balance of the movie was filmed at the Paramount Ranch near Hollywood; Paramount was lured to the Peninsula by Jean Juillard, who was president of the San Carlos Hotel Co. and a former assistant manager of the old Hotel Del Monte. Juillard led the formation of the Monterey Peninsula Motion Picture Association to encourage Hollywood studios to film on the Peninsula.

Tiger Shark

Release date:1932

Location(s):
  • Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf - Monterey

Description:

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."

Daddy Long Legs

Release date:1931

Location(s):
  • Point Lobos

Description:

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.

Men on Call

Release date:1931

Location(s):
  • Pebble Beach

Description:

Edmund Lowe, Mae Clarke, William Harrigan, Joe Brown, Warren Hymer, George Corcoran, Ruth Warren and Ian MacLaren; directed by John Blystone; Fox; drama about the exploits of the Coast Guard; scenes filmed at Cypress Point in Pebble Beach; the first filming of a talking picture done indoors on location; billed as an experiment to allow filming to continue indoors during inclement weather; houses along Cypress Point used in the film were heavily padded with sound-deadening materials to permit perfect acoustics; one of the sets used in the filming along the 17 Mile Drive was a Hollywood-built lighthouse and high rock outcroppings; the set inspired an ink drawing by local artist Lucy Valentine Pierce, called "Movie Lighthouse 17 Mile Drive;" 100 extras used; the picture featured a shipwreck; stars stayed at the Del Monte Lodge, now The Lodge at Pebble Beach.