Oregon Movies, A to Z

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1. Who are you?

My name is Anne Richardson. I’m at mrs.nyback(at)gmail(dot)com.

2. Why are films NOT made in Oregon in your blog?

This blog includes films made by Oregon directors, writers, actors, cinematographers and composers, as well as films based on books by Oregon authors, and films inspired by the lives of real life Oregonians.

3. Why so few recent films?

I started with the earliest Oregon films and am working my way, film by film, to present day.

4. Why are some of your posts about people, and not movies?

I try to include a post about the director for all Oregon films. I also post about Oregon actors, Oregon musicians, Oregon writers.

5. Have you actually seen all these films?

There’s a few I haven’t seen. Some are so hard to find that it is impossible to see them.

6. Which is your favorite film?

Changes every day.

7. Are you from Oregon?


8. Can you come speak about the Oregon film history specific to my region and/or special interest?



5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lori // Oct 1, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Lovely thing you’re doing here, and massive amounts of work. There’s an apparently forgotten movie made in Mt Angel in 1973 with Alan Alda called “Isn’t It Shocking?” I remember seeing it back then and only recall that the Angel’s Table diner was renamed “The Horse Creek Diner” in the movie and the folks at the Angel’s Table kept the movie’s sign up for years afterward.

    My mother and I were driving back roads in the country and came across a film crew in a an old 2 story house. Traffic had to stop while they filmed a scene with Alan, which you could hear from the road. It had something to do with a cat being thrown, or jumping from on high on to Alan? perhaps.

  • 2 Anne Richardson // Oct 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Thanks, Lori! Thanks to you, I wrote about Isn’t It Shocking? I hope anyone who knows more about it will contact Oregon Movies, A to Z with more information. Don’t think there is any way to see it today — how unexpected to learn about a TV movie ( looks like it was in the horror genre) which starred Louise Lasser ( aka Mrs. Woody Allen.)

  • 3 Cherie // Jan 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I was told that John Wayne (when he was still known as Marion Morrison), was in a logging film done in Coos County, Oregon. I cannot find any mention of it on-line.
    There are no known copies of the film; yet stills were used hung in the Taylor Maid Donut shop located in Bunker Hill (Coos county).
    Can you confirm this? or shed any light as to its history?

  • 4 Anne Richardson // Jan 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Dear Cherie,

    I believe you might be thinking of Rough Romance, a logging film shot in Oregon ( but set in Canada). I have never seen Rough Romance. Internet Movie Database lists John Wayne as an uncredited member of the cast. He played a lumberjack. He also worked in the art department, in charge of props.


    I would love to know more about this production!


  • 5 Wayne Stone // May 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    This movie was filmed at my ex wifes uncles house. It was the big 2 story house that was mentioned. Alan Alda liked the uncle’s straw hat so much that it was given to him. He wore it several times on the MASH show.

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