Santa Cruz County History - Films


Full Text Newspaper ArticleSanta Cruz Evening News. Jan. 3, 1929. p. 3

EVANGELINE SCENES TO BE FILMED HERE; DOLORES DEL RIO IN LEAD

Twenty-four members of the Edwin Carewe unit of United Artists Pictures arrived in Santa Cruz this morning at 6:45 o'clock on a special train from Los Angeles. They were stopping at the Hotel St. George and intend to stay in this city today and tomorrow for work in the Big Basin and at the Minnehaha Falls in the Blackburn gulch. This evening six more of the company, including Miss Dolores Del Rio, will arrive.

The play to be produced will be Longfellow's "Evangeline." Exterior scenes, the forest primeval in the Big Basin and love scenes at Minnehaha falls will be shot. The company plans to leave for Carmel Saturday where an Arcadian village has been erected on Point Lobos.

Miss Del Rio will have the feminine lead as Evangeline. She will be supported by an all star cast including Roland Drew as Gabriel, one of the masculine leads; Donald Reed as Batiste, as the other masculine lead; Alec Francis as Father Felician; James Marcus, Paul McAllister, George Marion and Bobby Mack.

The picture is being personally directed by Edwin Carewe. Santa Cruz area is the first port of call for the filming of the picture.

The company plans to spend three weeks in Carmel in filming the Arcadian atmosphere before taking up the story of the travel to Louisiana which will be made elsewhere. During the filming of the deportation scenes the company plans to employ several hundred people for many days.

"Evangeline" will take four months to film and is planned for one of the United Artists big hits for the 1929 season.

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