Santa Cruz County History - Films



On Location in Santa Cruz County
Chronological List of Films: 1921 — 1930

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.

(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:

(1921) The Magic Life

See Lying Lips

(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:

(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

(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:

(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:

(1922) Someone To Love

Note: Film was shot in 1922

Detailed Discussions:

"Movie Players Arrive At Felton." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 28, 1922, p.4

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

(1922) The Somewhere Of Your Dreams

Note: Film was shot in 1922, and was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce

Detailed Discussions:

Sawyer, Preston. "Santa Cruz Film Attracts Huge Audiences At Both Movie Houses; Work Of Chamber Emphasized." Santa Cruz Evening News, October 24, 1922, p.1

(1922) Ten Ton Love

Note: Film was shot around 1922

Miscellaneous references:

"Paramount Stars In Ben Lomond; Filming Salomy Jane." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 6, 1923, p.1

(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:

(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:

(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:

(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

(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

(1923) Salomy Jane

Note: Note: The film is based on the story "Salomy Jane's Kiss" by Bret Harte and the play by Paul Armstrong.

Detailed Discussions:

"Paramount Stars In Ben Lomond; Filming Salomy Jane." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 6, 1923, p.1

"Movie Work Delayed; Injured Man Improving." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 10, 1923, p.4

"'Salomy' Starting; More Movie Men Heading This Way." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 10, 1923, p.6

"Movie Men Enjoy Holiday Yesterday." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 16, 1923, p.6

"Filming of 'Salomy Jane' Nears End; Scenes Look Good." Santa Cruz Evening News, May 4, 1923, p.6

Sawyer, Preston. "Inside Workings Of Movie Making Told By Technical Director." Santa Cruz Evening News, June 6, 1923, p.3

Miscellaneous references:

(1923) Soul Of The Beast

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

Miscellaneous references:

Photographs:

(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:

(1925) Beyond The Law

See Flying Hoofs

(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:

(1925) Thunder Mountain

Note: The film is based on the play "Thunder" or "Howdy Folks" by Pearl Franklin, which was based on a story by Elia W. Peattie.

Detailed Discussions:

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

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:

Photographs:

(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:

(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:

(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:

(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:

(1926) Pigs

See The Midnight Kiss

(1926) The Winking Idol

Note: The film was shot in 1925 but released in 1926.

Detailed Discussions:

"Universal Movie Folks At Boulder Creek." Santa Cruz Evening News, July 15, 1925, p.9

"Movie Company Working At Bear Creek, Other News." Santa Cruz Evening News, July 17, 1925, p.8

"Francis Ford Directing Serial In Boulder Creek." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, July 17, 1925, p.5

"Boulder Creek Man In 50 Foot Dive Aids Picture Making." Santa Cruz Evening News, July 18, 1925, p.5

"Many Witness Movie Folks In Thrilling Scene." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, July 21, 1925, p.8

Miscellaneous references:

(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:

(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:

(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

The Internet Movie Database

(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:

(1928) Soft Living

Detailed Discussions:

"Fox Filmers Are Coming To Shoot New Photoplay." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, December 16, 1927, p.1

"Film Company Due To Arrive." Santa Cruz Evening News, December 17, 1927, p.8

"Shots Completed, Picture People Leave For South." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, December 21, 1927, p.6

Miscellaneous references:

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

The Internet Movie Database

(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:

(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:

(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:

(1930) Tol'able David

Note: The film is based on the story of the same title by Joseph Hergesheimer.

Detailed Discussions:

"Movie Sets Are Made At Felton For Film Story." Santa Cruz Evening News, August 28, 1930, p.5

"Noah Beery And Henry Walthall Here This Week." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, September 9, 1930, p.4

Rawson, Laura. "Soquel Supplies Youngest Actress Ever Filmed For Part In 'Tol'able David'." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, September 27, 1930, p.5

"Beery Hastens To Santa Cruz; Records For Speed Broken For 'Talkies'." Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel, September 28, 1930, p.1

"Hurried Trip Is Made By Actor To Act In Film Here." Santa Cruz Evening News, September 29, 1930, p.7

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

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:


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