The Journal of San Diego History
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY
Spring 2002, Volume 48, Number 2
Gregg Hennessey, Editor

FILMING SAN DIEGO

HOLLYWOOD'S BACKLOT, 1898-2002

Introduction ~ Hollywood's Backlot ~ Filmography

Count of Monte Cristo

Page 95: An actor described as a “hungry hypnotist” in Selig’s The Count of Monte Cristo, the first feature film made in California which was filmed in Los Angeles and near the La Jolla Cave’s “The White Lady” rock sculpture, 1907. Courtesy of David Navone.

Rosita

Page 96: Mary Pickford, Ernest Lubitsch with crew of Rosita in front of the lily pond and the Casa de Balboa in Balboa Park, 1923.

The Stunt Man

Page 97: Filming of The Stunt Man at the La Jolla Children’s Pool, 1978.

Marilyn Monroe

Page 98: Marilyn Monroe during the filming of Some Like It Hot at the Hotel del Coronado. With make-up man Whitey Snyder and security guard. September 1958.

Talmadge sisters with Buster Keaton

Page 99: Norma, Constance and Natalie Talmadge sisters with Buster Keaton at the opening of Talmadge Park neigbhorhood, 1925.

American Film Manufacturing Co

Page 100: Allan Dwan (standing 3rd from left) with his American Film Manufacturing Co. (Flying A) cast and crew in La Mesa, ca. 1912.

Advertisement for Flying A films

Page 101: Advertisement for Flying A films made in La Mesa, 1912. Courtesy Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Allan Dwan

Page 102: Allan Dwan in the drivers seat in front of the American Film Manufacturing Co., La Mesa, ca. 1912.

Mabel Normand and Fatty Arbuckle

Page 104: Mabel Normand and Fatty Arbuckle made two movies in San Diego in 1913 and 1915.

Panama Film Co

Page 105: “Panama Film Co.” motion picture studio at the Panama-California Exposition, 1915.

Margarita Fischer

Page 106: Margarita Fischer in The Butterfly Girl, 1917. Filmed in Balboa Park by Pollard Picture Plays.

Margarita Fischer

Page 107: Margarita Fischer in Miss Jackie of the Navy, 1916. A locally produced films by Pollard Picture Plays.

Sawyer-Lubin Studios

Page 108: S-L or Sawyer-Lubin Studios, La Mesa, ca. 1923.

Unknown acting troupe

Page 109: Unknown acting troupe from Grossmont area, ca 1920s

Douglas Fairbanks

Page 110: Douglas Fairbanks (first right) in Balboa Park for scene from The Americano, 1916.

Monty Banks in unknown movie

Page 111: Monty Banks in unknown movie filmed in Balboa Park, ca. 1920s.

Allan Dwan filming a scene

Page 112: Allan Dwan filming a scene for Soldiers of Fortune from a Balboa Park roof, 1919. Courtesy Museum of Modern Art/Film Stills Archive.

Page 113: One of Balboa Park’s least permanent monuments, the statue of President Alvarado of a mythical South American Republic appeared in front of the Museum of Art probably for a day or two. The 22 foot statue was created by Paramount’s sculptor, Albert Sylva for the Magnificent Fraud, 1939. Courtesy Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Filming in Balboa Park

Page 114: Filming a Thomas Ince production in Balboa Park, ca. 1922. Courtesy Marc Wannamaker.

Down in Coronado by the Sea

Page 115: Johnny Downs, Jack Haley, Andy Devine join musician Eddie Duchin for a rendition of “Down in Coronado by the Sea,” in Coronado, 1935.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe E. Brown

Page 116: Marilyn Monroe and Joe E. Brown on the porch of the Hotel del Coronado during the filming of Some Like It Hot, September 1958.

Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis

Page 116: Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis prior to their famous beach scene in Coronado during the filming of Some Like It Hot, September 1958.

Stunt man

Page 117: Stunt man waiting to jump at the Hotel del Coronado during the filming of The Stunt Man, November 30, 1977.

Peter O’Toole

Page 117, Inset: Peter O’Toole during the filming of The Stunt Man, 1977.

Rex Harrison talking to a dolphin

Page 119: Rex Harrison talking to a dolphin at Sea World during the filming of Doctor Dolittle, 1967.

San Diego, I Love You

Page 119: Cast of San Diego, I Love You in front of a San Diego Zoo sign, 1944.

scene from Scavenger Hunt

Page 120: Cleavon Little, James Coco, Stephanie Faracy and Roddy McDowell in scene from Scavenger Hunt, 1979.

Marty Feldman

Page 121: Marty Feldman directing a scene for In God We Trust at Horton Plaza, 1979.

Early artwork for Frankenstein Island

Page 123: Early artwork for Frankenstein Island, a low budget horror movie filmed in Valley Center, 1980.

Ramona

Page 124: Jane Darwell, Don Ameche, and Loretta Young in a scene from Warner Brothers 1936 version of Ramona filmed in Warner Hot Springs.

Delores del Rio

Page 124: Delores del Rio in the 1928 version of Ramona.

Down in San Diego

Page 125: Down in San Diego poster, 1941.

Top Gun

Page 127: Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis riding a motorcycle in Oceanside during a scene from Top Gun, 1986.

Mary Pickford in A Girl From Yesterday

Page 127: Mary Pickford in A Girl From Yesterday filmed on North Island, 1915.

Ramon Navarro in Flying Fleet

Page 128: Ramon Navarro in Flying Fleet, 1929. The first movie written by Frank “Spig” Wead.

Spig Wead with Clark Gable

Page 128: Frank “Spig” Wead with Clark Gable on the set of Hell Divers, 1931. Hell Divers was written by Wead.

Margaret Lindsay and James Cagney in Devil Dogs of the Air, 1935

Page 130: Margaret Lindsay and James Cagney in Devil Dogs of the Air, 1935. Filmed at North Island.

Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray in Dive Bomber

Page 130: Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray in Dive Bomber, 1941. Filmed at North Island.

Tora Tora Tora

Page 131: Warplanes painted with a Japanese insignia are lifted onto the U.S.S. Yorktown at San Diego for transport to Hawaii for use in the Pearl Harbor drama, Tora Tora Tora, 1970.

Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis

Page 132: Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in a scene at NAS Miramar during the filming of Top Gun, 1986.

Lon Chaney

Page 133: Lon Chaney directing troops during the filming of Tell it to the Marines, 1926.

To the Shores of Tripoli

Page 133: Local advertisement for premiere of To the Shores of Tripoli, 1942.

The Fighting 69th

Page 134: Alan Hale glares at James Cagney in a scene from The Fighting 69th filmed near Warner Springs, 1940.

John Wayne

Page 135: John Wayne and his fellow actors storm the beaches of Camp Pendleton in Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949.

Tony Curtis

Page 136: Tony Curtis is attended to by a make-up artist prior to a scene in The Outsider at MCRD, 1962.

Gregory Peck

Page 137: Gregory Peck on location at Silver Strand Beach during the filming of MacArthur, 1976.

Men of the Fighting Lady

Page 138: Scene from the Korean War movie, Men of the Fighting Lady, 1955.

Stars at the premiere of The Gallant Hours

Page 139: Stars of the military and Hollywood including James Cagney, General Victor H. Krulak and Dennis Weaver at the premiere of The Gallant Hours, 1960. The movie is a biography of Admiral William “Bull” Halsey.

Page 141: La Jolla native Cliff Robertson between Gia Scala and Patricia Cutts with Point Loma in the background during the filming of The Battle of the Coral Sea, 1959.

A Ticklish Affair

Page 142: Scene taking place at the Balboa Park golf course in A Ticklish Affair, 1963.

Scene from Francis in the Navy

Page 143: Scene from Francis in the Navy, 1955.

Roger Tilton Productions filming at Stonehenge

Page 145: San Diego’s Roger Tilton Productions filming at Stonehenge in England, ca. 1970s.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Page 146: Filming of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, 1978.

Set constructed for scenes from Titanic

Page 147: Set constructed for scenes from Titanic at the Offshore Model Basin in Escondido, 1997.

Jerry Lewis at Mission Bay

Page 149: Jerry Lewis at Mission Bay during the filming of The Big Mouth, 1967.

James Belushi

Page 150: James Belushi and his canine partner drive through downtown in K-9, 1990.

Page 151: Anita Loos, screenwriter & playwright , ca. 1920s.

Victor Buono

Page 153: Victor Buono practicing courtly dancing at the Old Globe Theater, 1962.

Del Mar Race Track

Page 154: Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien at the Del Mar Race Track, 1930s.

Curtain-raising luncheon at the La Jolla Playhouse

Page 156: Curtain-raising luncheon at the La Jolla Playhouse. Dennis Hopper with a group of local arts patrons, June 23, 1958.

Faye Emerson

Page 157: Faye Emerson acting in San Diego, 1938.

Gregory Peck and wife, Veronique

Page 158: Gregory Peck and wife, Veronique at the Spreckels Theater in San Diego for the premiere of To Kill A Mockingbird, 1963.

Rita Hayworth and her husband, Edward Judson

Page 160: Rita Hayworth and her husband, Edward Judson, at the Del Mar Racetrack, 1941. While a teenager working in nightclubs in Tijuana, Hayworth lived in Chula Vista.

Raquel Tejada Welch

Page 161: Raquel Tejada Welch, graduate of La Jolla High School, was Fairest of the Fair at the Del Mar Fair, 1958.

Early western actor Roy Stewart

Page 164: Early western actor Roy Stewart was the son of pioneering San Diegans.

Whoopi Goldberg

Page 165: Whoopi Goldberg appearing as an actress with stage fright for a Union-Tribune feature, 1979.

Cast of The Skin of Our Teeth

Page 166: Dennis Hopper, Cloris Leachman, James Whitmore, and Eartha Kitt among the cast of The Skin of Our Teeth, at the La Jolla Playhouse, June 23, 1958.

William Wellman, flight instructor

Page 169: William Wellman, flight instructor, Rockwell Field, 1919. Wellman later directed Wings (1927), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) and 80 other movies.

Native San Diegan Gregory Nava

Pg170: Native San Diegan Gregory Nava directs A Time of Destiny, 1988.

Charles Bronson

Page 172: Charles Bronson on the border during the filming of Borderline, 1980.

Gaslamp District

Page 174: Gaslamp District in the movie Hardcore, 1980.

Down in San Diego

Back Cover: Poster from Down in San Diego