A recounting of Jack Kerouac's (here known by the name of his fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz) three sojourns to the cabin in Big Sur, owned by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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.
Rex Harrison, Anthony Newley, Samantha Eggar and Richard Attenborough; directed by Richard Fleischer; 20th Century Fox; Dr. Dolittle is a veterinary surgeon who talks to animals; the song "Talk to the Animals" won the Oscar, and the movie was nominated for a total of five Oscars, including Best Picture, cinematography and musical score; scenes filmed at the Doud Ranch in Big Sur over four days.
Eddie Albert and Ray Milland; directed by John Hough; Disney; story about children with powers from another planet being chased by a millionaire; scenes filmed in Carmel Valley, Big Sur and Pebble Beach (including the Crocker Mansion).
Lana Turner, Van Heflin and Donna Reed; directed by Victor Saville; MGM; 19th century romance set in New Zealand; Oscar nominee for cinematography and film editing; scenes filmed at the old Coast Guard station near Big Sur (standing in for a nunnery).
When four 40-something college friends meet up for their annual reunion, things start to spiral out of control.
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.
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.
Marlon Brando and Karl Malden; directed by Brando; Paramount; western drama about an outlaw who has a running battle with an old friend; Oscar nominee for cinematography; scenes filmed in Pebble Beach along the coastline north of Cypress Point and at Pfeiffer beach in Big Sur.
Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter and Donna Mills; directed by Eastwood; Universal; thriller about a radio disc jockey who is pestered by a woman who becomes homicidally jealous; scenes filmed in Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey.