These films were shot fully, or in part, around the wider Palm Springs area. The captions in [brackets], whenever possible, include labels from the original item in “quotation marks.” We add estimated dates and other details. For best viewing experience, choose the 720p or higher setting on the player.
The Ramona Pageant is based on the popular but controversial novel, RAMONA, published in 1884 by Helen Hunt Jackson. It presents a romanticized account of a real half-Cahuilla woman named Ramona Lobo whose husband was murdered by white settlers. The novel was intended to shed light on abuses against Ramona and Native Americans generally. Although the pageant’s main and side characters were seemingly still played by white actors in 1970 when this home movie was shot, by at least the 1990s until the present some of the cast — including the co-leads — have actually been Native American actors, and there have been bird singers, dancers and such. Ramona’s descendants still live here, and we post this respectfully as a historical artifact of the pageant.
To read more about the history of the pageant here are two sources of many: Lorimer Michelle Marie. 2016. Resurrecting the Past : The California Mission Myth. Pechanga Calif: Great Oak Press.
DeLyser Dydia. 2005. Ramona Memories : Tourism and the Shaping of Southern California. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Below is a list of films we will be digitizing in the coming months.
#428. [Birthday Party, Fishing, Camping, Rowing — Salton Sea, late 1960s.] Super 8mm. Color. Silent. Footage covers a small boy’s large birthday party held in what looks like a Salton Sea community room; landscape shots of the sea, a family fishing, water-skiing, rowing a small boat, campers and trailers, and camping right on the beach.
#416. [Camping Life: Palm Springs and Colorado (?), July 2, 1968.] 8mm. Color. Silent. This home movie captures lovely sunsets, a camper/trailer park and pool in Palm Springs, then a trip through some unidentified (likely Colorado) mountains to a lake, a river, pretty poppies and other flowers, and another campsite.
#408. [“Palm Desert to Panama Canal,” ca. 1960s.] Super 8mm. Color. Silent.
#413. [“Strange Hotel Palm Springs/That Special Canyon in Palm Springs, San Diego, Feb. ’85.”] Super 8mm. Color. Silent. Home movie footage includes two women traveling together to San Diego, their hotel and the harbor, and then they stay in what likely was The Riviera Hotel (now Margaritaville Resort), and they hike into Tahquitz Canyon, hang out by the pool, and more.
#412. [Palm Springs Golf Games, Pre-April 1969.] Super 8mm. Color. Silent. This home movie captures a man and woman playing golf in a Palm Springs possibly at Canyon Country Club, now Indian Canyons Golf Resort), relax in nearby Palm Desert, and hang out by an yet-to-be-identified hotel pool.
#497. [“Palm Springs, Marineland, June 1959; Produced by George, April 4th & 5th, 1959.”] 8mm. Color. Silent. Created by we think a young filmmaker named George (last name unknown), this edited home movie captures a family staying at the Lantana Lodge (now condos) in Palm Springs and playing in its pool; the family then goes to the long gone Marineland of the Pacific in Palos Verdes Estates (Calif.) where he records many exhibitions by the park’s captive sea life.
#438 and #444. [“Palm Springs – Thanksgiving Weekend 1962.”] and [Rolling Hills, Erawan Garden Hotel (Indian Wells), Sandra’s Graduation from Univ. of Colorado and Flight Attendant School, early 1960s.] 8mm. Color. Silent. Mytinger Family Home Movies. #438 includes footage of the Erawan Garden Hotel (now Miramonte Resort & Spa) and L’Horizon. The Thanksgiving film is crosslisted on the “Holidays, Special Events, Parties, & Weird Stuff” page.
#441. [Outtakes for The Happy Wanderers, Episode 121, “Hermit of Palm Springs,” 1963.] 16mm. Color. Silent. Episode about unhoused local “Hubcap Willie” McDavid and a hay ride from Wonder Palms Motel to Jim Chandler’s Ranch for “Fireside Sing”; a tram ride, Indian Reservation Admittance, Palm Springs SPA “sample treatments”; Racquet Club, Tennis Club. See #502 and #665.
#502. [Outtakes for The Happy Wanderers, Episode 164 “Riverside Honeymoon,” ca. mid-1960s.] 16mm. Color. Silent. This 16mm reel of outtakes for episode 164 “Riverside Honeymoon” of The Happy Wanders features what we believe to be footage of the Salton Sea 500, the speedboat competition held at the Salton Sea from 1961 to approximately 1967. The Happy Wanderers was a nationally syndicated travelogue television show that originally aired on KCOP and then KNBC and KTLA in Los Angeles, California, in the 1960s and early 1970s. UCLA has restored two episodes from this series. See also #441 and #665.
#513. [Marineland and Joshua Tree?, 1960s.] 8mm. Color. Silent.
#522. [“Film of Baby & Homecoming & Palm Springs, 4-’60.”] 8mm. Color. Silent.
#536. [“Alan – Graduation, Palm Springs, June ’72.”] Super 8mm. Color. Silent. McCormick family films. Bolsa Grande High School graduation, class of 1972. Same event as Stumpf#1?
#537. [“Aug. ’71 – J. Grad. Elsinore Beach.”] Super 8mm. Color. Silent. McCormick family films. Same event as Stumpf#2?
#555. [Palm Springs Vacation, ca. 1960s.] 8mm. Color. Silent.
#665. [Outtakes for The Happy Wanderers, Episodes 123 “Land of the Leathernecks” and 171 “Ghosts of Indian Cove,” September 1972.] 16mm. Color. Silent. Footage includes Big Rock Airport, The Integratron, and George Van Tassel, Desert Christ Park in Yucca Valley, etc. See also #441 and #502.
#667. [“California Snow,” 1948.] 8mm. Color & B/W. Silent.
Stumpf#1. [“June 1972, Palm Springs.”] Super 8mm. Color. Silent. Stumpf family films. Same event as #536 (McCormick family) at Bolsa Grande HS graduation?
Stumpf#2. [“Aug. ’71, Lake Elsinore with Explorers.”] Super 8mm. Color. Silent. Stumpf family films. Same event as #537 (McCormick family)?
Stumpf#22. [“Ocotillo Wells, Scouts (at) Orange County Fairgrounds, New Year’s Eve ’72.”] Super 8mm. Color. Silent. Stumpf family films. Same event as #538 (McCormick family)?