“Mono In The Movies” DVD Collection adds five new titles (Press Release – June Lake Library)
A collection of major films shot on location in Mono County has added five additional titles. The “Mono in the Movies” DVD collection is housed at the June Lake Library,
and is available for checkout from any Mono County branch library.
Amateur film historian and frequent Eastern Sierra visitor Ken Harrison, has been acquiring the DVD’s over the last two years. He has researched a list of 57 possible films provided by the Mono County Film Commission, the Lone Pine Film Museum, and the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
After acquiring a DVD, Harrison researches the locations used, local trivia surrounding the film, and a history of the film or actors. His brief dissertation is included in each DVD case, and he notes the DVD’s time marker where one can find the location shots.
The collection now contains 15 DVD titles from the 1924 silent picture Thundering Hoofs, to 2013’s Oblivion staring Tom Cruise.
2013’s Oblivion was the largest budgeted film ever shot in Mono County. Harrison presented the film at a free screening in October, along with a panel discussion by those involved in making the film.
“I think I’m going to focus now on popular films from the 1980s and 90s,” says Harrison. “We have enough older, cowboy pictures for now,”
The latest additions to the “Mono in the Movies” DVD collection are;
Thundering Hoofs – 1924 (Silent)
Filmed in Mammoth, the oldest known film shot in Mono County, staring silent cowboy star Fred Thomson and his horse Silver King.
Return of Frank James – 1940
Filmed at Convict Lake and June Lake, Henry Fonda plays the brother of outlaw Jessie James and vows revenge on Jesse’s killers.
Road to Utopia – 1946
One of seven “road” pictures with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour. Filmed on a frozen June Lake and in the Heidelberg Inn.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – 1984
Filmed on Mammoth Mountain, Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw escape sure death by bailing out of a crashing plane and sliding down the snowy face of the mountain.
Oblivion – 2013
Tom Cruise plays is a security & drone repair tech stationed on the desolate Earth destroyed by nuclear war and invading aliens. He finds redemption on the shores of Silver Lake. 25 JuneLake locals appeared as extras in the final scenes.