Santa Cruz County History - Films



On Location in Santa Cruz County
Alphabetical List of Films: M — R

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.

(1919) Madelon of the Redwoods

See False Evidence

(1921) The Magic Life

See Lying Lips

(1937) Maid of Salem

Detailed Discussions:

Clark, Karen. "Hollywood Fever Infected Santa Cruz in 1936." Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 5, 1991, p.E1

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:

(1924) The Man Who Fights Alone

Note: The film is based on "The Miracle of Hate" by William Blake and James Shelley Hamilton.

Detailed Discussions:

"Moving Picture Men Are Coming To Boulder Creek; Picnic Parties." Santa Cruz Evening News, June 6, 1924, p.7

"All Girls Of City Wanted For Motion Picture Tomorrow." Santa Cruz Evening News, June 6, 1924, p.3

"Two Motion Picture Companies." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, June 8, 1924, p.4

"Lasky Company Films Pictures At Big Trees." Santa Cruz Evening News, June 9, 1924, p.5

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

Miscellaneous references:

(1919) The Matrimonial Mixup

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."

Miscellaneous references:

"Film Company Finishes First Comedy Here." Santa Cruz Surf and Superior California Farmer, February 27, 1919, p.6

(1917) Melissa of the Hills

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:

Photographs:

(1926) The Midnight Kiss

Note: "Pigs" was the working title. The film is based on the play "Pigs" by Anne Morrison and Patterson McNut.

Detailed Discussions:

"Cummings Tells Details Of New Local Picture." Santa Cruz Evening News, March 31, 1926, p.7

"Fox Manager Arrives At The St. George." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 19, 1926, p.3

"Big Fox Company Arrives On Special Train; Already At Work On High St. Grounds." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 20, 1926, p.6

"'Pigs' Cast To Appear On Local Stage." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 21, 1926, p.2

"Fox Company Working Hard; Theater Night." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 24, 1926, p.4

Miscellaneous references:

(1918) M'Liss

Note: The film is based on the novel "M'Liss: An Idyll of Red Mountain" by Bret Harte.

Mentioned in a historical context:

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:

(1917) Mothers of Men

Detailed Discussions:

"Movie Company in a Real Collision: Car with Actors Collides with Rev. H. E. Beeks' Machine." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, March 7, 1917, p.1 [full text]

"Shooting Pictures in Chinatown." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, March 8, 1917, p.8

"Movies at Close Range: Two Hours Acting Takes Eight Seconds on the Reel." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, March 9, 1917, p.8 [full text]

McCrackin, Josephine Clifford. "Pathetic Scenes Are Enacted; Willis Robards Taking Leading Part." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, March 13, 1917, p.5

"Stage Coach for Mary Pickford; The Robart Film Company Use Oldest Brick Building." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, March 16, 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

McCrackin, Josephine Clifford. "Sunday Court Scenes of the Robard Players Attract Many People." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, March 20, 1917, p.5

"Mob Movie Scene." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, March 31, 1917, p.8

"Movie People in Accident: Delays the Blowing Up of Newspaper Office." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, April 5, 1917, p.1

"Robards Film Players Now At Work At Capitol." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 12, 1917, p.8

Gibson, Ross Eric. "Lost Film Mixed Politics, Love: 'Mothers Of Men' Created A Spectacle." San Jose Mercury News, February 15, 1994, p.1B

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:

"Reid-Robards Plans for Releasing Pictures." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, March 13, 1917, p.5

The Internet Movie Database

(1917) Mountain Dew

Note: "A Kentucky Schoolmaster" was the working title.

Detailed Discussions:

"Movie Company Arrives." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, July 7, 1917, p.8

Miscellaneous references:

Material from the Barbara Giffen collection in the History Archives, Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz, California

The Internet Movie Database

(1935) Mutiny On The Bounty

Detailed Discussions:

"Movie Ships Return From Drake's Bay; Scenes For 'Mutiny On The Bounty' May Be Made In This Vicinity." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 9, 1935, p.2

"Santa Cruz Boy to Double in Film for Clark Gable! He'll Take the Ducking in 'Mutiny On The Bounty.'" Santa Cruz Evening News, April 11, 1935, p.1

Miscellaneous references:

(1965) My Blood Runs Cold

Miscellaneous references:

"Hollywood Stars Appear in Scenes for New Film at SC Harbor." Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 20, 1964, p.1 (photograph)

Trabing, Wally. "Mostly About People: (Sigh) Troy (Sigh) Dona(Sigh)hue." Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 21, 1964, p.2

The Internet Movie Database

(1995) My Posse Don't Do Homework

See Dangerous Minds

(1988) Necessity (TV)

Note: The film is based on the novel by Gary Garfield.

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:

Franklin, Denise. "Take Two: Aptos Twins Share Role In Made-For-TV Movie." Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 20, 1987, p.D-1

Vreeken, Stacey. "Twin Tots Take Turns In TV Movie." Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, May 3, 1988

The Internet Movie Database

(1991) New Memories (TV)

Note: Film was shot around 1991.

Detailed Discussions:

"Making Memories." Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 7, 1991, p.A-2

(1929) Noah's Ark

Note: The film was shot and had a Hollywood premiere in 1928.

Detailed Discussions:

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

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

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(1931) Old Greatheart

See Way Back Home

(1936) Old Hutch

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

Miscellaneous references:

(1920) The One-Way Trail

Note: The film was shot in 1919 but released and copyrighted in 1920.

Detailed Discussions:

"Film Players Make Long Trips to Big Timber; Actress Hurt." Santa Cruz Evening News, October 9, 1919, p.5

"Movie Scenes Of Santa Cruz." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 29, 1920, p.2

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

Photographs:

(1917) In Other Men's Boots

See A Romance of the Redwoods

(1931) Other People's Business

See Way Back Home

(1992) Out On a Limb

Note: "Welcome to Buzzsaw" was the working title.

Detailed Discussions:

Kreiger, Kathy. "Boulder Creek Becomes 'Buzzsaw'." Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 6, 1991, p.1

Miscellaneous references:

Wallace, Lane. "Two Local Kids Join Ranks Of Actors." Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, March 30, 1991, p.15

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

The Internet Movie Database

(1919) The Passion Flower

See Heart of Juanita

(1920) Peaceful Valley

Note: The film is based on the play of the same name by Edward E. Kidder. It was shot and released in 1920 but copyrighted in 1921.

Detailed Discussions:

"Movie Company Here For Scene Effects." Santa Cruz Evening News, May 27, 1920, p.5

"In Again, Out Again, Charlie." Santa Cruz Evening News, May 29, 1920, p.2

Mentioned in a historical context:

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Yesterdays." Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 17, 1953, p.20

Miscellaneous references:

(1917) Peggy Leads the Way

Note: "Peggy Takes The Lead" was the working title.

Detailed Discussions:

"Mary Miles Minter Here To Film Play." Santa Cruz Evening News, August 25, 1917, p.5

"Miss Minter and Co. to Film Play at Ben Lomond." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, August 25, 1917, p.8

Miscellaneous references:

(1917) Peggy Takes the Lead

See Peggy Leads the Way

(1981) Peter and the Wolf

Mentioned in a historical context:

Christie, Dana. "Lights! Camera! Santa Cruz!" Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.9

(1926) The Phantom Of The Forest

Note: The film is based on the story by Frank Foster Davis.

Detailed Discussions:

"Renaud-Hoffman Company Here To Film Story Starring Dog." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 15, 1925, p.5

Miscellaneous references:

(1915) A Phyllis Of The Sierras

Note: The film is based on the novel of the same title by Bret Harte.

Mentioned in a historical context:

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(1926) Pigs

See The Midnight Kiss

(1919) Powers that Pray

See Blackie's Redemption

(1916) The Primal Lure

Note: The film is based on the novel, "The Primal Lure: A Romance of Fort Lu Cerne," by Vingie E. Roe.

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

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:

(1986) Quiet Cool

Miscellaneous references:

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

The Internet Movie Database

(1917) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Note: The film is based on the novel of the same name by Kate Douglas Wiggin.

Mentioned in a historical context:

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 County History Journal, No. 1, 1994, p.112

The Internet Movie Database

(1932) Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm

Note: The film is based on the play of the same name by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Charlotte Thompson.

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

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 County History Journal, No. 1, 1994, p.112

The Internet Movie Database

Photographs:

(1995) The Redwood Curtain (TV)

Note: The film is based on the play of the same title by Lanford Wilson.

Miscellaneous references:

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

The Internet Movie Database

(1915) The Renegade

See The Lure of Woman

(1928) Roadhouse

Note: Film was shot in 1928.

Detailed Discussions:

Sawyer, Preston. "Many Notables Are Here With Fox Film Co." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, April 14, 1928, p.3

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

Miscellaneous references:

(1917) A Romance of the Redwoods

Note: "In Other Men's Boots" was the working title.

Detailed Discussions:

Mentioned in a historical context:

"Jack Pickford Arrives: The Lasky Company To Act "Freckles" For The Films." Santa Cruz Daily Surf, March 7, 1917, p.8

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

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

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

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

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:

Photographs:

(1947) Romance of Rosy Ridge

Note: "The Yankee" was the working title. The film is based on the story by MacKinlay Kantor.

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

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:

(1918) Rosemary Climbs the Heights

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

Detailed Discussions:

"Mary Miles Minter Coming To Santa Cruz." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, May 16, 1917, p.4

"American Film Players Arrive." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, May 19, 1917, p.4

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(1927) Rubber Tires

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

Miscellaneous references:


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