Movies Made at Point Lobos

Movie history compiled over the years by the ranger staff.


First Movie Productions

In 1914 the first movie to be filmed at Point Lobos was "Valley of the Moon" directed by Hobart Bosworth and starring Jack Conway and Myrtle Stedman. Thus began a long period of moving making. For the next twenty-six years over thirty films were "shot" here.

In 1919, a Monte Carlo style set was erected at Sea Lion Point with interior scenes filmed at the James estate in the Carmel Highlands. The silent film by Universal Pictures "Foolish Wives" was written and directed by Erich von Stroheim, who also starred in it. In 1929, the movie "Evangeline" directed by Edwin Carewe of United Artists, and starring Roland Drew and Delores del Rio was filmed. Half the population of Carmel was out working as extras. Some trees were burned in the fire with much brush and grassland also destroyed. During one scene the village was burned down. The after scars from the movie set that was built above Headland Cove remained until the late 1940's while the vegetation slowly recovered. This human erosion was one of the main examples that was shown as reasons why the State should purchase Point Lobos for the State Park System. For years after, people in the local community were opposed to film companies using Point Lobos. They wanted the landscape protected from damage.

Protection of the Park

On December 30, 1944 the State Park Commission passed the following resolution. "If any future applications should be made for the use of the park for making moving pictures a hearing will be held at which both the representatives of the moving picture industry and the residents of the vicinity of the park, and others who object to the use of the park for moving picture purposes, can present their views." On December 20, 1945 the "movie battle" began. The Point Lobos League was formed as a protective organization last year following the making of a motion picture in which considerable damage to foliage and terrain was caused. The President of the organization was photographer Edward Weston of the Carmel Highlands. Representatives of the Point Lobos League announced that they would send representatives to Sacramento to participate in a State Park Commission hearing in which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio was seeking permission to make a move at Point Lobos.

Presented at the meeting were personal views and letters on the pro and con reasons for having pictures made at Point Lobos. The Monterey Peninsula Associates entered their approval for movies as this added a shot in the business arm and brought the park to all the people instead of just to those who could pay to see it in person. After all views were expressed, the State Park Commission voted approval for filming. At this point, the Point Lobos League said they would become watchdogs and keep an eye on everything that the movie people did. "Movie crews from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer expected to be 'on location' at Point Lobos in the near future will do well to restrain any urge to monkey with the sea anemones or make off with decorative bits of Cypress bough."

photo from the film "Desire Me"Then on February 6th, MGM decided to tone down their original plans at Point Lobos which included "construction of a small cottage; importation of considerable top soil and the planting of a Victory Garden and construction of two piers." The new plan was to let actress Greer Garson walk through the Cypress trees and along the rocks near the ocean. This was approved by everyone involved and the great "movie battle" came to a sudden end. The movie "Desire Me" directed by George Cukor and starring Greer Garson and Robert Mitchum was completed in 1946.

With protection of Point Lobos as the key factor filming was allowed to continue. Eleven more films were filmed at or near Point Lobos between 1946 and 1989. Present day filming includes many still fashion shoots for catalogues like Eddie Bauer and Neiman Marcus. The Budweiser Clydesdales and Bengal tigers for Exxon have used the beach at Carmel River for filming commercials.

* Point Lobos State Reserve or adjacent locations were used for the filming of a scene or scenes.
 

 

MOVIES AT POINT LOBOS - FILMS, STARS, DIRECTORS

* Point Lobos State Natural Reserve or adjacent locations were used for the filming of a scene or scenes.

The Year
The Movie
The Stars
1914
Valley of the Moon
Director: Hobart Bosworth
Jack Conway, Mrytle Stedman
1915
See America First
Director: Eugene W. Castle
Documentary
1916
The Isle of Life
Director: Burton George
Frank Whitson, Roberta Wilson
Universal Pictures
1916
Pidgin Island
Director: Fred J. Balshofer
Harold Lockwood, May Allison
1917
Beautiful Monterey
Prisma Motion Pictures
1919
A Man of Honor
Director: Fred J. Balshofer
Harold Lockwood, Bessie Eyton
1920
Foolish Wives
Director: Eric von Stroheim
Erich von Stroheim, Mae Busch
Universal Pictures
1920
Passion Fruit
Director: John F. Ince
Edward Earle, Coraldina
Metro Pictures
1921
The Love Light Fred
Director: Stephen Gooson
Thomson, Mary Pickford
United Artists
1921
The Mistress of Shenstone
Director: Henry King
Roy Stewart, Pauline Frederick
Robertson-Cole Productions
 
1922
Tess of the Storm Country
Director: John S. Robertson
Lloyd Hughes, Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford Company
1924
Shadows
Director: Tom Forman
Lon Chaney, Marguerite de la Motte, Preferred Pictures
1924
The Eleventh Hour
Director: George Ridgwell
Charles Jones, Shirley Mason
Stoll Productions
1924
The Sunshine Gatherers
Director: George E. Stone
Documentary
1925
Why Women Love
Director: Edwin Carewe
Robert Frazer, Blanche Sweet
Edwin Carewe Productions
1926
Paid To Love
Director: Howard Hanks
William Powell, Virginia Valli
Fox Film Corporation
1927
Ramona
Director: Edwin Carwe
Warner Baxter, Dolores del Rio
United Artists
1927
Married Alive
Director: Emmett Flynn
Lou telegen, Margaret Livingston
William Fox Film Company
1927
Rose of the Golden West
Director: George Fitzmaurice
Gilbert Roland, Mary Astor
First National Pictures
 
 
1929
Evangeline
Director: Edwin Carwe
Roland Drew, Dolores del Rio
United Artists
1929
The Iron Mask
Director: Allan Dwan
Douglas Fairbanks
United Artists
1931
Daddy Long Legs
Director: Alfred Santell
Warner Baxter, Janet Gaynor
Fox Film Corporation
1932
Miracle Man
Director: Norman McLeod
Chester Morris, Sylvia Sydney
Paramount
1933
Peg O' My Heart
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Onslow Stevens, Marion Davies
Hearst/MGM Pictures
1933
Paddy The Next Best Thing
Director: Harry Lachman
Warner Baxter, Janet Gaynor
Fox Film Corporation
1934
He Was Her Man
Director: Lloyd Bacon
James Cagney, Joan Blondell
Warner Brothers
1934
Treasure Island
Director: Victor Fleming
Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper
MGM
1935
Captain January
Director: David Butler
GuyKibbee, Shirley Temple
20th Century Fox
 
1937
Maid of Salem
Director: Frank Lloyd
Fred MacMurray, Claudette Colbert
Paramount
1937
Conquest
Director: Clarence Brown
Charles Boyer, Greta Garbo
MGM
1940
Rebecca
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine
Selznick International
1943
Edge of Darkness
Director: Lewis Milestone
Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan
Warner Brothers
1943
Lassie Come Home
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Roddy McDowell, Elizabeth Taylor
MGM
1944
Salome, Where She Danced
Director: Charles Lamont
Rod Cameron, Yvonne de Carlo
Universal
1946
Desire Me
Director: George Cukor
Robert Mitchum, Greer Garson
MGM
1950
The Woman on Pier 13
Director: Robert Stevenson
Robert Ryan, Lorraine Day
RKO
1951
Japanese War Bride
Director: King Vidor
Don Taylor, Shirley Yamaguchi
20th Century Fox
1956
Julie
Director: Andrew Stone
Louis Jordan, Doris Day
MGM
1959
A Summer Place
Director: Melmer Daves
Troy Donahue, Sandra Dee
Warner Brothers
 
1962
The Notorious Landlady
Director: Richard Quine
Jack Lemmon, Kim Novack
Columbia
1964
The Sandpiper
Director: Vincente Minelli
Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor
MGM
1965
My Blood Runs Cold
Director: William Conrad
Troy Donohue, Joey Heatherton
Warner Brothers
1967
The Graduate
Director: Mike Nichols
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft
Embassy Picture Corporation
1969
The Big Bounce
Director: Alex March
Ryan O'Neal, Leigh Taylor-Young
Warner Brothers
1969
Changes
Director: Hal Bartlett
Kent Lane, Michele Carey
Cinerama
1987
Blind Date
Director: Blake Edwards
Bruce Willis, Kim Bassinger
Tri-Star Pictures
1989
Turner and Hooch
Director: Robert Spottiswoods
Tom Hanks, Marc Winningham
Disney Studios