Santa Cruz County History - Films



On Location in Santa Cruz County
Chronological List of Films: 1931 — 1940

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.

(1931) Old Greatheart

See Way Back Home

(1931) Other People's Business

See Way Back Home

(1931) Way Back Home

Note: "Old Greatheart" and "Other People's Business" were working titles. The film is based on the story "Other People's Business" by Jane Murfin.

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

Miscellaneous references:

(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:

(1934) Hideout

Mentioned in a historical context:

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

(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:

(1935) Way Down East

Note: The film is based on the play by Lottie Blair Parker.

Detailed Discussions:

"Fox May Make New Film Here; Three Screen Officials Arrive By Plane Today." Santa Cruz Evening News, May 3, 1935, p.1

"50 Fox Film Actors and Technical Experts to Use Soquel Church As Setting for Film 'Way Down East'." Santa Cruz Evening News, June 3, 1935, p.1

"Soquel Church and Glen Canyon Covered Bridge Put in Movies; Film Company to End Work Today." Santa Cruz Evening News, June 13, 1935, p.1

"'Way Down East' Company With New Actress in Janet Gaynor's Role May Have to Return for S.C. Scenes." Santa Cruz Evening News, June 27, 1935, p.1

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:

(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:

(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:

(1937) Westbound Limited

Detailed Discussions:

"Universal Film Unit Arriving Here Tomorrow." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 21, 1937, p.1

"Zayante Hair Raiser; Vanishing Creek Irks Universal; Will Film Rail Epic." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 23, 1937, p.1

"Universal Film Company Here To Be Half Hundred." Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 23, 1937, p.6

"Lyle Talbot Arrives As Universal Films Rail Story." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 26, 1937, p.1

"Watches Movie 'Shots' Made Of Desk She Used Thirty-Five Years Ago; Old Time R. R. Employee At Felton Interested Location Spectator." Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 28, 1937, p.1

Miller, Ruth. "Visitors Noticeably Missing As Universal Shoots Train Scenes On Precarious Perch." Santa Cruz Evening News, April 30, 1937, p.3

"Film Men Here Quit City For Strike Sector; Universal Unit In Reluctant Exit Tonight." Santa Cruz Evening News, May 3, 1937, p.1

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

Miscellaneous references:

(1939) Stand Up And Fight

Note: Film was shot in 1938.

Detailed Discussions:

"Movie Group Taking Shots At DeLaveaga." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 5, 1938, p.1

"Movie Company Builds A 'Railroad' In One Night At Felton Big Trees Grove." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 9, 1938, p.1

"M-G-M Unit Completes Work Here; Movie Company Leaves $30,000 In Santa Cruz." Santa Cruz Evening News, November 14, 1938, p.1

Miscellaneous references:

(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:


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