FILMING SAN DIEGO
HOLLYWOOD'S BACKLOT, 1898-2002
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.
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.
Page 97: Filming of The Stunt Man at the La Jolla Children’s Pool, 1978.
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.
Page 99: Norma, Constance and Natalie Talmadge sisters with Buster Keaton at the opening of Talmadge Park neigbhorhood, 1925.
Page 100: Allan Dwan (standing 3rd from left) with his American Film Manufacturing Co. (Flying A) cast and crew in La Mesa, ca. 1912.
Page 101: Advertisement for Flying A films made in La Mesa, 1912. Courtesy Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Page 102: Allan Dwan in the drivers seat in front of the American Film Manufacturing Co., La Mesa, ca. 1912.
Page 104: Mabel Normand and Fatty Arbuckle made two movies in San Diego in 1913 and 1915.
Page 105: “Panama Film Co.” motion picture studio at the Panama-California Exposition, 1915.
Page 106: Margarita Fischer in The Butterfly Girl, 1917. Filmed in Balboa Park by Pollard Picture Plays.
Page 107: Margarita Fischer in Miss Jackie of the Navy, 1916. A locally produced films by Pollard Picture Plays.
Page 108: S-L or Sawyer-Lubin Studios, La Mesa, ca. 1923.
Page 109: Unknown acting troupe from Grossmont area, ca 1920s
Page 110: Douglas Fairbanks (first right) in Balboa Park for scene from The Americano, 1916.
Page 111: Monty Banks in unknown movie filmed in Balboa Park, ca. 1920s.
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.
Page 114: Filming a Thomas Ince production in Balboa Park, ca. 1922. Courtesy Marc Wannamaker.
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.
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.
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.
Page 117: Stunt man waiting to jump at the Hotel del Coronado during the filming of The Stunt Man, November 30, 1977.
Page 117, Inset: Peter O’Toole during the filming of The Stunt Man, 1977.
Page 119: Rex Harrison talking to a dolphin at Sea World during the filming of Doctor Dolittle, 1967.
Page 119: Cast of San Diego, I Love You in front of a San Diego Zoo sign, 1944.
Page 120: Cleavon Little, James Coco, Stephanie Faracy and Roddy McDowell in scene from Scavenger Hunt, 1979.
Page 121: Marty Feldman directing a scene for In God We Trust at Horton Plaza, 1979.
Page 123: Early artwork for Frankenstein Island, a low budget horror movie filmed in Valley Center, 1980.
Page 124: Jane Darwell, Don Ameche, and Loretta Young in a scene from Warner Brothers 1936 version of Ramona filmed in Warner Hot Springs.
Page 124: Delores del Rio in the 1928 version of Ramona.
Page 125: Down in San Diego poster, 1941.
Page 127: Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis riding a motorcycle in Oceanside during a scene from Top Gun, 1986.
Page 127: Mary Pickford in A Girl From Yesterday filmed on North Island, 1915.
Page 128: Ramon Navarro in Flying Fleet, 1929. The first movie written by Frank “Spig” Wead.
Page 128: Frank “Spig” Wead with Clark Gable on the set of Hell Divers, 1931. Hell Divers was written by Wead.
Page 130: Margaret Lindsay and James Cagney in Devil Dogs of the Air, 1935. Filmed at North Island.
Page 130: Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray in Dive Bomber, 1941. Filmed at North Island.
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.
Page 132: Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in a scene at NAS Miramar during the filming of Top Gun, 1986.
Page 133: Lon Chaney directing troops during the filming of Tell it to the Marines, 1926.
Page 133: Local advertisement for premiere of To the Shores of Tripoli, 1942.
Page 134: Alan Hale glares at James Cagney in a scene from The Fighting 69th filmed near Warner Springs, 1940.
Page 135: John Wayne and his fellow actors storm the beaches of Camp Pendleton in Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949.
Page 136: Tony Curtis is attended to by a make-up artist prior to a scene in The Outsider at MCRD, 1962.
Page 137: Gregory Peck on location at Silver Strand Beach during the filming of MacArthur, 1976.
Page 138: Scene from the Korean War movie, Men of the Fighting Lady, 1955.
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.
Page 142: Scene taking place at the Balboa Park golf course in A Ticklish Affair, 1963.
Page 143: Scene from Francis in the Navy, 1955.
Page 145: San Diego’s Roger Tilton Productions filming at Stonehenge in England, ca. 1970s.
Page 146: Filming of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, 1978.
Page 147: Set constructed for scenes from Titanic at the Offshore Model Basin in Escondido, 1997.
Page 149: Jerry Lewis at Mission Bay during the filming of The Big Mouth, 1967.
Page 150: James Belushi and his canine partner drive through downtown in K-9, 1990.
Page 151: Anita Loos, screenwriter & playwright , ca. 1920s.
Page 153: Victor Buono practicing courtly dancing at the Old Globe Theater, 1962.
Page 154: Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien at the Del Mar Race Track, 1930s.
Page 156: Curtain-raising luncheon at the La Jolla Playhouse. Dennis Hopper with a group of local arts patrons, June 23, 1958.
Page 157: Faye Emerson acting in San Diego, 1938.
Page 158: Gregory Peck and wife, Veronique at the Spreckels Theater in San Diego for the premiere of To Kill A Mockingbird, 1963.
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.
Page 161: Raquel Tejada Welch, graduate of La Jolla High School, was Fairest of the Fair at the Del Mar Fair, 1958.
Page 164: Early western actor Roy Stewart was the son of pioneering San Diegans.
Page 165: Whoopi Goldberg appearing as an actress with stage fright for a Union-Tribune feature, 1979.
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.
Page 169: William Wellman, flight instructor, Rockwell Field, 1919. Wellman later directed Wings (1927), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) and 80 other movies.
Pg170: Native San Diegan Gregory Nava directs A Time of Destiny, 1988.
Page 172: Charles Bronson on the border during the filming of Borderline, 1980.
Page 174: Gaslamp District in the movie Hardcore, 1980.
Back Cover: Poster from Down in San Diego