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.
Victor Varconi, Corinne Griffith, H.B. Warner, Marie Dressler and Montague Love; directed and produced by Frank Lloyd; Warner; story of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton; Oscar winner for Lloyd as director; Oscar nominee for Best Actress (Corinne Griffith) and cinematography; scenes filmed at the former Rittenhouse residence in Del Monte Forest.
Hoot Gibson, Sally Eilers and Walter Brennan; directed by Arthur Rosson and produced by Hoot Gibson; Universal; Western melodrama about a playful cowboy who saves a damsel from quicksand, wins a horse race at the rodeo, captures the bad guys and ends up with his true love; a remake of the 1923 "The Ramblin' Kid," from a novel by the same name; Hoot Gibson's first talking picture (and an interesting look at early sound films); theater ads proclaimed: "Here's Hoot riding his wildest, fighting his hardest, loving his grandest;" Sally Eilers, who appeared in films from 1927 to 1951, was Gibson's wife from 1930 to 1933; for Walter Brennan, who was to go on to win three Academy Awards, this was his third year in films and his sixth movie at the age of 35; scenes filmed at the 18th annual California Rodeo in Salinas July 17-21, 1929, with big crowd scenes and rodeo action that figure prominently in the plot; filmmakers were in Salinas for an entire week; Gibson had told rodeo officials that he needed to film on location at some rodeo somewhere and he preferred the California Rodeo in Salinas, but he said he would come to Salinas only if he could have the movie rights to the rodeo (rodeo officials said he could have whatever rights he wanted and were excited about having him there and the prospect of local people being in the film; this was the first all-talking sound feature shown at the old Crystal Theatre in Salinas on Jan. 2, 1930.
Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite DeLa Motte, Dorothy Revier, Nigel de Brulier and Belle Bennett; directed by Allan Dwan; United Artists; from the Alexander Dumas novel, "The Man in the Iron Mask," a sequel to "The Three Musketeers;" classic swashbuckler about the aging heroes D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers battling to save the true prince of France, who has been kidnapped and imprisoned; Fairbanks' last great role; last big silent costume drama of the 1920s; has talking sequences, sound and musical score; filmed at Point Lobos.
Dolores del Rio and Roland Drew; directed by Edwin Carewe; United Artist; scenes filmed at Point Lobos.
Joan Crawford and Anita Page; directed by Harry Beaumont; MGM; story about the 1920s with Miss Crawford as the ultimate flapper in a role that made her a star; Oscar nominee for screenplay and cinematography; scenes filmed at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.
Gilbert Roland and Mary Astor; directed by George Fitzmaurice; First National; scenes filmed at Point Lobos.
Jean Hersholt and Enid Bennett; directed by Carter deHaven; scenes filmed in Carmel.
Reginald Denny; Universal; auto racing scenes filmed at Indian Village near the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach; a stunt driver was used for Denny in a racing scene after Denny was nearly involved in an accident with another racing car in an earlier scene.
Dolores del Rio; scenes filmed at Point Lobos; sisters Toni and Clara Brucia, ages 5 and 6, were extras as the little childern of the soldiers going off to fight; they wore little scarves over their hair and waved to their "fathers."