Santa Cruz County History - Films



On Location in Santa Cruz County
Alphabetical List of Films: A — F

Compiled by Ann Young

 


This list contains the titles of films which were shot entirely or partially in Santa Cruz County, California. The year in front of the film title is the release date. If that date was not found, then the shoot date is given. Each title is followed by a listing of local newspaper articles, with links to the full texts of many articles from the 1910's and 1920's.

(1986) Alone in the T-Shirt Zone

Miscellaneous references:

(1929) The Amazing Vagabond

Note: The film was shot in 1928 but released in 1929.

Detailed Discussions:

"Shoot Scenes At Glenwood Today." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, September 27, 1928, p.5

"Murdock, FBO Player, Figures In Unshot Scene." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, September 28, 1928, p.3

"Big Basin Being Used As Location For FBO Picture." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 29, 1928, p.7

"Redwoods In Big Basin To Frame Movie Action Tale." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, September 29, 1928, p.5

"Film Company Returns South After Shooting Scenes Here." Santa Cruz Evening News, October 3, 1928, p.2

"FBO Film Co. Ends Work Here." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, October 3, 1928, p.5

Miscellaneous references:

(1998) The Aqua Girls

Miscellaneous references:

(1916) The Aryan

Note: The film is based on the story of the same title by C. Gardner Sullivan.

Mentioned in a historical context:

Snell, Earle."Us Folks on the Film; A California Mountain Town That Has Gone Stark Movie-Mad." Sunset, The Pacific Monthly, March 1918, pp.43-46

Miscellaneous references:

(1917) The Babes in the Woods

Note: The film is based on the fairy tale "Hansel und Gretel" collected in "Kinder und Hausmärchen" compiled by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm.

Detailed Discussions:

Mentioned in a historical context:

Swift, Carolyn. "This Was A Favorite Filming Spot In The Early Days Of Movies." Cabrillo Times & Green Sheet, October 28, 1976, p.16

Miscellaneous references:

"Mob Movie Scene: Children To Participate On Monday At The Powder Mill Flat." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, March 31, 1917, p.8

"Child Star, Known Here, Signed by New S. F. Film Company." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 3, 1922, p.5

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Photographs:

(1987) Back to the Beach

Miscellaneous references:

(1996) Bed of Lies

See Lying Eyes

(1925) Beyond The Law

See Flying Hoofs

(1980) Black Leather Jackets and Choppers

Note: Film was released around 1980.

Miscellaneous references:

Beebe, Greg. "Making Films In Paradise." Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 18, 1980, p.13

(1919) Blackie's Redemption

Note: "Powers That Pray" was the working title. The film is based on the novel "Boston Blackie" by Jack Boyle. The novel was compiled from two short stories, "Boston Blackie's Mary" and "Fred The Count," which appeared in the "Red Book Magazine" in November 1917 and January 1918 respectively.

Mentioned in a historical context:

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." Santa Cruz Sentinel, September 6, 1953, p.16

Miscellaneous references:

(1992) Blind Angel (TV)

Note: Film was shot around 1992.

Miscellaneous references:

"Crew In The Area To Film CBS Movie-Of-The-Week." Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, October 14, 1992

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

(1918) Blue Blazes Rawden

Note: The film was shot in 1917 but released and copyrighted in 1918.

Detailed Discussions:

"Felton At Mercy of Two Gun Hart And His Crowd." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 21, 1917, p.8

"Ince Players Take Scenes Near Felton." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, November 22, 1917, p.5

Miscellaneous references:

(1996) Broken and Bleeding

Note: Film was shot around 1996.

Miscellaneous references:

Quirk, Erin K. "Lights, Camera, Action: Filmmakers Turn Felton Into A Movie Set." Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 2, 1996, p.A-2

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(1922) Broken Chains

Note: The film is based on the story by Winifred Kimball

Detailed Discussions:

"Prize Film Story Being Enacted In Boulder Creek Locale." Santa Cruz Evening News, July 14, 1922, p.4

"A New Dog Star, in Film Firmament." Santa Cruz Evening News, March 20, 1923, p.6

"Colleen Moore Wins Laurels in 'Broken Chains'." Santa Cruz Evening News, March 20, 1923, p.4

Mentioned in a historical context:

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." Santa Cruz Sentinel, September 6, 1953, p.16

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(1986) Brotherhood of Justice (TV)

Miscellaneous references:

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

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(1916) The Call of the Pipe

Note: Film was shot in 1916.

Detailed Discussions:

Mentioned in a historical context:

O'Keeffe, John M. "At the Fer-Dal Studio: Finishing the First Film Backed by Santa Cruz Scenery." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, April 4, 1916, p.3

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." April 21, 1957, p.20

Swift, Carolyn. "This Was A Favorite Filming Spot In The Early Days Of Movies." Cabrillo Times & Green Sheet, October 28, 1976, p.16

Photographs:

(1916) In the Carquinez Woods

See The Halfbreed

(1916) The Carquinez Woods

See The Halfbreed

(1916) Cindy Lane's Sacrifice

Note: Film was shot in 1916.

Miscellaneous references:

"Two More Local Films Accepted." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, June 4, 1916, p.1

Photographs:

(1917) The Cold Deck

Detailed Discussions:

"Ince Company Filming Story." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, April 11, 1917, p.8

Mentioned in a historical context:

Miscellaneous references:

(1985) Creator

Miscellaneous references:

(1995) Dangerous Minds

Note: "My Posse Don't Do Homework" was the working title. The film is based on the book "My Posse Don't Do Homework" by LouAnne Johnson.

Miscellaneous references:

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

The Internet Movie Database

(1912) The Danites

Note: Film was shot in 1911.

Detailed Discussions:

Mentioned in a historical context:

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 21, 1957, p.20

Swift, Carolyn. "This Was A Favorite Filming Spot In The Early Days Of Movies." Cabrillo Times & Green Sheet, October 28, 1976, p.16

Swift, Carolyn. "Movie Makers Liked Mountains, Big Trees For Film Backdrop." Cabrillo Times & Green Sheet, November 4, 1976, p.11

Swift, Carolyn. "Dreams Of Stardom In Early Santa Cruz County." The Mid-County Post, January 7, 1992, pp.9-10

Miscellaneous references:

"Actors Chop Cowell's Wood." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 29, 1911, p.5

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(1920) The Dead Line

See The Flame Of Hellgate

(1911) Diamond In The Rough

Note: Film was shot in 1911.

Detailed Discussions:

"We Are Discovered By The Selig Company." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 25, 1911, p.6

"Santa Cruz To Be Scene Of Moving Picture Enactments." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, September 26, 1911, p.1

"To Take Moving Pictures; Hills Of Santa Cruz A Setting For Enactments For Show House." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, September 26, 1911, p.1

"Selig Players Are Here." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 28, 1911, p.2

"Actors Chop Cowell's Wood." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 29, 1911, p.5

Miscellaneous references:

(1926) The Dixie Merchant

Note: The film was adapted from "The Chicken-Wagon Family" by Barry Benefield.

Detailed Discussions:

"Big Fox Company Here; Horse Car To Again Operate In City." Santa Cruz Evening News, December 17, 1925, p.2

"Mulhall Here; Human Story To Be Filmed." Santa Cruz Evening News, December 18, 1925, p.1

Mentioned in a historical context:

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 17, 1956, p.16

Miscellaneous references:

(1928) Don't Marry

Detailed Discussions:

"Film Company In Santa Cruz." Santa Cruz Evening News, March 12, 1928, p.8

Sawyer, Preston. "Fox Films Unit Invades Santa Cruz." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, March 13, 1928, p.1

"Fox Film Actors Send Pigeongrams." Santa Cruz Evening News, March 19, 1928, p.8

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(1981) East of Eden

Note: The series is based on the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck.

Detailed Discussions:

Chatenever, Rick. "Santa Cruz Is 'East Of Eden.'"Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 16, 1980, p.24

Speiser, Matt. "East of Eden Remake Filming in Santa Cruz." Cabrillo Times & Green Sheet, April 16, 1980, p.2

Mentioned in a historical context:

Chatenever, Rick. "Celluloid Heroes Create Excitement." Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 25, 1980, p.15

Jensen, Lisa. "On Location In Santa Cruz." Good Times, July 9, 1981, pp.14-15

Miscellaneous references:

"Filming In SC For 'East of Eden'." Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 14, 1980, p.1 (photograph)

Beebe, Greg. "Making Films In Paradise."Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 18, 1980, p.13

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(1966) Endless Summer

Mentioned in a historical context:

Chatenever, Rick. "Movie Success No Overnight Sensation." Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 25, 1980, p.15

Jensen, Lisa. "On Location In Santa Cruz." Good Times, July 9, 1981, pp.14-15

Christie, Dana. "Lights! Camera! Santa Cruz!" Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.10

Miscellaneous references:

(1976) The Entertainer (TV)

Note: The film is based on the play of the same name by John Osborne.

Mentioned in a historical context:

Chatenever, Rick. "Movie Success No Overnight Sensation." Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 25, 1980, p.15

Jensen, Lisa. "On Location In Santa Cruz." Good Times, July 9, 1981, pp.14-15

Burnson, Patrick. "Straight Shots." Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.11

Miscellaneous references:

Righetti, Don. "Lemmon Loves His '40's Role." Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 30, 1975, pp.1-2

Lovejoy, Bill. "Everybody Is A Star." Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 10, 1975, p.13

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(1975) Escape to Witch Mountain

Note: The film is based on the novel of the same name by Alexander Key. Film was shot in 1974.

Detailed Discussions:

Anderson, Bruce. "Walt Disney Crews Come To Felton, Attract Crowds." The Valley Press, May 1, 1974, p.1; photographs on p. 5

Mentioned in a historical context:

Chatenever, Rick. "Movie Success No Overnight Sensation." Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 25, 1980, p.15

Christie, Dana. "Lights! Camera! Santa Cruz!" Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.10

Miscellaneous references:

(1929) Evangeline

Note: The film was adapted from the poem of the same name by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Detailed Discussions:

"Evangeline Scenes To Be Filmed Here; Dolores Del Rio In Lead." Santa Cruz Evening News, January 3, 1929, p.3

"Dolores Has Cold; Delayed." Santa Cruz Evening News, January 4, 1929, p.1

"Movie Troupe Again Here To Shoot Scenes." Santa Cruz Evening News, January 10, 1929, p.7

Mentioned in a historical context:

Jensen, Lisa. "On Location In Santa Cruz." Good Times, July 9, 1981, pp.14-15

Miscellaneous references:

(1923) The Eyes Of The Forest

Detailed Discussions:

"Tom Mix Hurt in Blast." Santa Cruz Evening News, October 10, 1923, p.1

"Plane Does Thriller Over Bonny Doon; Pilots in Tom Mix Sky Boat Escape in Bad Smash." Santa Cruz Evening News, October 23, 1923, p.6

Mentioned in a historical context:

Jensen, Lisa. "On Location In Santa Cruz." Good Times, July 9, 1981, pp.14-15

Christie, Dana. "Lights! Camera! Santa Cruz!" Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.10

Miscellaneous references:

(1919) False Evidence

Note: "Madelon of The Redwoods" was the working title. The film is based on the novel "Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman.

Mentioned in a historical context:

Preston, Sawyer. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 17, 1956, p.16

Miscellaneous references:

"Movie Camera Men Visitors." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 11, 1920, p.6

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Photographs:

(1987) Family Sins (TV)

Mentioned in a historical context:

Marks, Jamie. "Watsonville's Charm Reels In Hollywood Film Crews." Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 20, 1988, p.A1

Miscellaneous references:

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

The Internet Movie Database

(1918) The Family Skeleton

Note: The film was shot in 1917 but released and copyrighted in 1918.

Detailed Discussions:

"Photoplay Actors Here To Enact Film." Santa Cruz Evening News, May 7, 1917, p.8

"Another Motion Picture Co.; The New York Motion Picture Company At Work." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, May 7, 1917, p.8

Miscellaneous references:

(1928) The Farmer's Daughter

Detailed Discussions:

Sawyer, Preston. "Veteran Of Stage Screen Talks Of Early Film Days." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, May 19, 1928, p.6

Sawyer, Preston. "Fox Rural Movie Picnic Draws Out Crowd Of Over 2000 People." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, May 22, 1928, p.4

"Warner Co. Shoots In Big Basin; H.S. Girls In Fox Film." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, May 23, 1928, p.4

Miscellaneous references:

"'Noah's Ark' Co. Depart; Fox Unit Finishing New Play." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, May 26, 1928, p.8

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(1916) The Feud

Note: Film was shot in 1916.

Miscellaneous references:

"Two More Local Films Accepted." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, June 4, 1916, p.1

Photographs:

(1920) The Flame Of Hellgate

Note: "The Dead Line" was the working title. The film was shot in 1917 but released in 1920.

Detailed Discussions:

"Miss Michelena In Boulder Creek; New Film Hinted." Santa Cruz Evening News, June 19, 1917, p.1

"Beatriz Michelena To Film 'The Dead Line' At Boulder." Santa Cruz Evening News, June 23, 1917, p.1

"Beatriz Michelena At Boulder Creek." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, June 30, 1917, p.8

McCrackin, Josephine Clifford. "Among The Movies." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, August 23, 1917, p.4

Mentioned in a historical context:

Main, H. H. "Santa Cruz Is Vacation Land And Home Land For All; Nature's Gifts and Man's Work." Santa Cruz Evening News, May 28, 1921, p.2

Santa Cruz County History Journal, No. 1, 1994, p. 70 (referred to here as "Dead End.")

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(1918) Flare Up Sal

Note: "Flare Up Sal Of Jimtown" was the working title. The film was shot in 1917 but released and copyrighted in 1918.

Detailed Discussions:

"Dorothy Dalton Starts Filming 'Flare Up Sal of Jimtown.'" Santa Cruz Evening News, October 20, 1917, p.4

"Dorothy Dalton of Yukon Fame Arrives Today." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, October 20, 1917, p.4

"Dorothy Dalton And Her Players Finish Their Work." Santa Cruz Evening News, October 27, 1917, p.1

Miscellaneous references:

(1918) Flare Up Sal of Jimtown

See Flare Up Sal

(1925) Flying Hoofs

Note: "Beyond The Law" was the working title. The film was shot and copyrighted in 1924 but released in 1925.

Detailed Discussions:

"Universal Pictures Concern Film Story Near Boulder Creek." Santa Cruz Evening News, June 10, 1924, p.4

"Jack Hoxie, Film Cowboy, In Boulder Creek." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, June 10, 1924, p.4

Miscellaneous references:

(1923) The Fog

Note: The film was adapted from the story of the same name by William Dudley Pelley

Detailed Discussions:

"Movie People 'Shoot' At Aptos." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 5, 1923, p.6

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(1942) The Forest Rangers

Note: The film was adapted from a story by Thelma Strabel.

Mentioned in a historical context:

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 17, 1956, p.16

Chatenever, Rick. "Movie Success No Overnight Sensation." Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 25, 1980, p.15

Miscellaneous references:

(1917) Freckles

Note: The film is based on the novel of the same name by Gene Stratton-Porter.

Detailed Discussions:

Mentioned in a historical context:

Snell, Earle. "Us Folks on the Film; A California Mountain Town That Has Gone Stark Movie-Mad." Sunset, The Pacific Monthly, March 1918, pp.43-46

Gibson, Ross Eric. "In 1917, A Star-Struck Santa Cruz: Fans Flocked To Pickfords."San Jose Mercury News, February 8, 1994, p.1B

Miscellaneous references:

"Santa Cruz In The Films; Notes Up To Date." Santa Cruz Evening News, March 1, 1917, p.5

"Jack Pickford Here Tomorrow: The Rolard Company Arrives on Sunday." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, March 5, 1917, p.8

"Mary Pickford Leaves; Realistic Murder Trial In Court Room - Miss Huff Lands A Trout." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, March 19, 1917, p.8

"Fifty Movie Actors To Arrive: George Beban Will Be The Star Of The Play." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, October 3, 1917, p.3

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(1998) Frog and Wombat

Miscellaneous references:

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

The Internet Movie Database


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