Made by the King of the B Movies, independent filmmaker Roger Corman; scenes filmed in Pebble Beach and Carmel; two other of Corman's Peninsula-made films were "The Monster From the Ocean Floor" (1954) and "Road Racers" (1959); Corman made scores of B movies, mostly horror, teen-exploitation, biker and beach films; Corman could make a film in as little as three weeks and spend only a few hundred thousand dollars doing it; he hired young talent, some of whom went on to bigger and better things, among them George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, both of whom got their start with Corman.
James Dean, Julie Harris and Jo Van Fleet (Oscar winner); directed by Elia Kazan; Warner Bros.; based on part of John Steinbeck's novel, it is a story about a sensitive youth who feels unloved and unwanted by his father; nominated for Oscars for screenplay, director and actor (James Dean in first starring role); scenes filmed in the Salinas Valley, including the city of Salinas
Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons; directed by Henry Koster; 20th Century Fox; story of the rise and fall of Napoleon and is named for the love of his life before he became emperor; one of the opening scenes was filmed at the Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach, standing in for the island of Elba.
Anne Kimball, Stuart Wade and Wyatt Ordung, who also was the director; made by the King of the B Movies, independent filmmaker Roger Corman, who used the Peninsula for this and two other movies before he gained his full stature in Hollywood. The other two Peninsula-made films were "Fast and the Furious" (1954) and "Road Racers" (1959).
Francis Joins the WACs, 1954, Donald O'Connor, with Chill Wills as the voice of Francis, The Talking Mule; directed by Arthur Lubin; Universal-International; comedy about how a mistake sends Donald O'Connor back into the Army -- as a WAC recruit; scenes for the fifth of seven Francis pictures were filmed at Fort Ord in April 1954, and several WACs from Fort Ord and other Army posts in Northern California were used as extras.
Richard Widmark, Karl Malden and Elaine Stewart; directed by Richard Brooks; MGM; story about a tough sergeant who trains raw recruits, including the conscripts of the day, for the war in Korea; scriptwriter Millard Kaufman nominated for an Oscar; scenes filmed at Fort Ord; basic training facilities and Army personnel were used in the movie.
Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donna Reed; directed by Norman Taurog; Paramount; comedy about a music hall comedy act recalling how they got together; Oscar nominee for Best Song ("That's Amore"); scenes filmed at Fan Shell Beach near Cypress Point in Del Monte Forest, but none of the golf sequences was shot here.
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.
Marilyn Monroe, Paul Douglas, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Ryan; directed by Fritz Lang; RKO; drama about a hardened girl who comes back from the big city to a fishing village; scenes filmed on Cannery Row.
Glenn Ford, Anne Baxter and Sam Snead; directed by Sidney Lanfield; 20th Century Fox; biography of golfer Ben Hogan; scenes filmed in Pebble Beach; Harold Firstman of Corral de Tierra played Hogan as a teenager.