Santa Cruz County History - Films



On Location in Santa Cruz County
Alphabetical List of Films: G — L

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.

(1981) The Gangster Chronicles (TV)

Detailed Discussions:

"Universal Studios Crew on Location in Santa Cruz." Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 7, 1981, p.19

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:

(1917) The Girl of the Timber Claims

Note: "The Girl Of The Timberlands" was the working title. It is based on the story "The Girl Homesteader" by Mary H. O'Connor. The film was shot in 1916 but released in 1917.

Detailed Discussions:

"Griffith's Star Movie Players Are Staging Scenes Here." Santa Cruz Evening News, December 8, 1916, p.1

"Griffith Movie Players Will Arrive Today." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, December 8, 1916, p.2

"Movie Troupe Is Quick To Get To Work." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, December 9, 1916, p.2

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

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

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

Miscellaneous references:

(1917) The Girl of the Timberlands

See The Girl of the Timber Claims

(1996) Glory Daze

Note: "Last Call" was the working title.

Miscellaneous references:

(1967) The Gnome Mobile

Note: The film is based on the novel by Upton Sinclair.

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:

(1916) The Halfbreed

Note: The film is based on "In The Carquinez Woods" by Bret Harte. "In The Carquinez Woods" and "The Carquinez Woods" were the working titles.

Mentioned in a historical context:

Miscellaneous references:

(1923) Hands Across The Sea

Note: Film was shot in 1923

Detailed Discussions:

"Old Time Technical Director Joins Locals; Myrtle Lind is Lead." Santa Cruz Evening News, January 15, 1923, p.4

"South Sea Village at Moore's Beach Ready for Film Work; Bruce's Actors in San Francisco." Santa Cruz Evening News, February 5, 1923, p.8

"Santa Cruz Film Nearing Completion; Sea Stuff Great." Santa Cruz Evening News, February 17, 1923, p.10

"Bruce Players Leaving; Local Film Finished." Santa Cruz Evening News, March 5, 1923, p.5

"Wind Further Damages South Sea Village." Santa Cruz Evening News, March 10, 1923, p.4

Mentioned in a historical context:

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 17, 1949, p.6

Gibson, Ross Eric. "Hollywood Came To Santa Cruz: Huge Redwoods Seen As Western Backdrops." San Jose Mercury News, February 1, 1994, p.1B

Photographs:

(1985) Hard Traveling

Detailed Discussions:

Jensen, Lisa. "A Double Life: Critic Wears Actor's Hat in Locally-Made 'Hard Traveling'." Good Times, December 6, 1984, p.53

Miscellaneous references:

(1971) Harold and Maude

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.9

Miscellaneous references:

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

The Internet Movie Database

(1919) Heart of Juanita

Note: The American Film Institute Catalog remarks: "This film was produced in 1916 under the title "The Passion Flower." When the Robertson-Cole Co. obtained it in the spring of 1919, the film's title was "The Specific." The film was released in 1919 under the title "Heart Of Juanita."

Detailed Discussions:

"Santa Cruz Scenes On The Screen." Santa Cruz Evening News, May 18, 1920, p.8

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(1920) Heart Of The Redwoods

Note: This film was shot previous to 1921.

Mentioned in a historical context:

(1981) Heartbeeps

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

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

Miscellaneous references:

Chatenever, Rick. "Another 'Sting'...In Our Town." Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 22, 1981, p.17

The Internet Movie Database

(1917) Hell Hath No Fury

Note: The American Film Institute Catalog remarks that although the film "was completed and was to be released 20 Mar 1917, no confirmation of its actual release has been found. It is possible that this is the same film as "When Destiny Wills," which was released to the state rights market in Mar 1918. All the cast members listed for "When Destiny Wills" were also listed for "Hell Hath No Fury."

Detailed Discussions:

Miscellaneous references:

(1934) Hideout

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

(1922) Higher Education

Note: Film was shot in 1922

Detailed Discussions:

"Two-Reel Comedy Made Here Given Eastern Bookings." Santa Cruz Evening News, December 28, 1922, p.8

(1923) His Weekend

Note: Film was shot in 1923

Detailed Discussions:

"First Tracy Film Given Pre-Review; Plenty of Laughs." Santa Cruz Evening News, August 14, 1923, p.2

Mentioned in a historical context:

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 17, 1949, p.6

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

(1998) Homegrown

Miscellaneous references:

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

The Internet Movie Database

(1940) The Howards of Virginia

Note: The film is based on the novel "The Tree of Liberty" by Elizabeth Page.

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:

(1990) I Want Him Back! (TV)

See Stolen: One Husband

(1920) Jes' Call Me Jim

Note: The film is based on the novel "Seven Oaks" by James G. Holland.

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

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 17, 1953, 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

Miscellaneous references:

(1926) The Johnstown Flood

Detailed Discussions:

"Technical Staff Of Big Fox Company Now Here On Location." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 7, 1925, p.1

"Irving Cummings, Director Of "Johnstown Flood," Now Here; Company Comes In Morning." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 11, 1925, p.3

"'Johnstown' Company Here; George O'Brien Returns To Scene Of Early Vacations." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 12, 1925, p.4

"Fox Company Working; Miss Gilbert Talks." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 13, 1925, p.3

"Soquel Treated To Lively Scenes As Fox Company Makes Picture." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 24, 1925, p.8

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

Swift, Carolyn. "America's Cowboy Hero Had His Saddle Stolen While Filming In Felton." Cabrillo Times & Green Sheet, November 11, 1976, p.8

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

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

Miscellaneous references:

"Storm Views Photographed." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 4, 1925, p.9

The Internet Movie Database

Photographs:

(1918) Jules of the Strong Heart

Note: Film was shot in 1917.

Detailed Discussions:

Miscellaneous references:

(1919) Just Squaw

Note: The film was shot in 1917 but released in 1919.

Detailed Discussions:

McCrackin, Josephine Clifford. "New Film Story." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, October 17, 1917, p.2

"Posing As Movie Actor." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, October 18, 1917, p.8

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(1917) A Kentucky School Master

See Mountain Dew

(1922) Kick In

Detailed Discussions:

"Film Stars Shoot Scenes In Settings Near Santa Cruz." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 9, 1922, p.1

Miscellaneous references:

(1988) Killer Klowns from Outer Space

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:

Mitchell, Sam. "Teen-age Vampires Pose No Threat To SC Image." Good Times, August 6, 1987, p.5

The Internet Movie Database

(1987) King of Love (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:

(1922) The Kingdom Within

Detailed Discussions:

"'Kingdom Within,' Filmed in Santa Cruz, to be Shown." Santa Cruz Evening News, May 4, 1923, p.3

Miscellaneous references:

(1996) Last Call

See Glory Daze

(1923) Lightening Comedies

Note: This was the "brand name" under which a series of comedies was produced. See also the listings under "His Weekend." Shot in 1923.

Detailed Discussions:

Sawyer, Preston. "Capable Staff Producing Movie Comedies Here." Santa Cruz Evening News, August 25, 1923, p.2

(1915) The Lily Of Poverty Flat

Note: The film is based on the poems "Her Letter," "His Answer," and "Her Last Letter" by Bret Harte.

Detailed Discussions:

Leonard, James P. "The Lily Of Poverty Flat: A Visit To Mimic Pioneer Village Where Movies Are Being Made." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, February 16, 1915, p.8

Mentioned in a historical context:

McCrackin, Josephine Clifford. "Bret Harte in 'The Movies': An Appreciation of the Film Form in Which the Great California Author's Literary Masterpieces are Being Revived." Overland Monthly, June 1915, pp.487-497

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

Gibson, Ross Eric. "Hollywood Came To Santa Cruz: Huge Redwoods Seen As Western Backdrops." San Jose Mercury News, February 1, 1994, p.1B

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(1991) Long Road Home (TV)

Note: The film is based on the novel of the same name by Ronald B. Taylor.

Detailed Discussions:

Hill, Michael E. "Story Of A Family's Hard Times." Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, February 23, 1991, p.8

Vreeken, Stacey. "Bit Of Home On TV Monday." Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, February 23, 1991, p.8

Miscellaneous references:

(1987) The Lost Boys

Detailed Discussions:

Mitchell, Sam. "Teen-age Vampires Pose No Threat To SC Image." Good Times, August 6, 1987, p.5

Miscellaneous references:

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

The Internet Movie Database

(1915) The Lure of Woman

Note: "The Renegade" was the working title. The film is based on "The Renegade" by Paul Armstrong.

Miscellaneous references:

"The New Title." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, June 26, 1916, p.4

The Internet Movie Database

(1996) Lying Eyes (TV)

Note: "Bed of Lies" was the working title.

Miscellaneous references:

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

The Internet Movie Database

(1921) Lying Lips

Note: "The Magic Life" was the working title. The film was shot in 1920 but released in 1921.

Detailed Discussions:

"House Peters Films Along San Lorenzo." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 9, 1920, p.5

"House Peters Of Movie Fame At The Big Trees." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 10, 1920, p.5

"Movie Stars Take Scenes At Big Trees." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 11, 1920, p.1

Miscellaneous references:


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