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Mendocino California TV & Movie Locations

The 19th century Hill House Inn is known as the location where many Hollywood notables found comfortable accommodations. One of the first stars to stay here was Bette Davis while she was filming “Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter” in 1979. For nostalgia, you can stay in the Bette Davis Suite. The photo gallery in the Inn lobby has a collection of signed photographs of many celebrities that have visited us here on the rugged Mendocino coast.

Beginning in 1916, 17 silent movies were filmed in the area. There have been over 40 movies with sound filmed here, as well as the famous TV series, "Murder She Wrote" and other TV programs and commercials. Hill House Inn, known as Cabot Cove Inn in the series, is featured prominently throughout "Murder She Wrote".

Below is a small list of the over 200 movies and TV shows that were filmed in Mendocino

  • 1943 : "Frenchman's Creek" - Paramount - Joan Fontaine - Oscar
  • 1943 : "The Uninvited" - Ray Milland (background shots only)
  • 1947 : "Johnny Belinda" - Warner Brothers - Jane Wyman - Oscar
  • 1954 : "East of Eden" - Warner Brothers - James Dean - Oscar
  • 1963 : "Island of the Blue Dolphins" - Universal Pictures
  • 1965 : "The Russians Are Coming…" - Mirisch Brothers - Alan Arkin - Oscar
  • 1969 : "The Dunwich Horror" - Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, and Ralph Bellamy
  • 1970 : "The Summer of ‘42" - Warner Brothers - Jennifer O'Neil - Oscar
  • 1972 : "Slither" - MGM - James Caan, Sally Kellerman
  • 1978 : "Same Time, Next Year" - Mirisch Brothers - Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn - Oscar
  • 1978 : "Strangers" (TV) - Universal - Bette Davis, Gena Rowlands - Emmy
  • 1979 : "Humanoids from the Deep" - Doug McClure
  • 1980 : "Dead and Buried" - Aspen Productions - James Farrentino
  • 1980 : "Cujo" - Sunn Classic Films - Dee Wallace
  • 1983 : "Racing with the Moon" - Paramount - Sean Penn, Nicholas Cage
  • 1984-89 : "Murder She Wrote", filmed at the Hill house Inn and other locations (TV) Star
  • 1986 : "The Killing Time" - Levy/Abrams Productions - Kiefer Sutherland
  • 1987 : "Overboard" - MGM - Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell
  • 1988 : "Wired" - (The John Belushi Story) Michael Chiklis, Ray Sharkey
  • 1988 : "Karate Kid III" - Columbia Pictures - Pat Morita
  • 1990 : "Dying Young" - 20th Century Fox - Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott
  • 1992 : "Forever Young" - Warner Brothers - Mel Gibson
  • 1993 : "Pontiac Moon" - Paramount - Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen
  • 1994 : "The Haunting of Seacliff Inn" (TV) - Ally Sheedy and Louise Fletcher
  • 2001 : "The Majestic" - Dream Works - Jim Carrey
  • 2008 : "Shark Swarm" - Darryl Hannah