Movie Magic

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

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    I just added a lot more Half Dome presentation dates to my schedule.  Stockton REI on Tuesday and Sports Basement in Sunnyvale on Wednesday . . . FREE . . . C U there.

    I bought the DVD of the “Caine Mutiny.” A World War 2 movie made in 1954 starring Humphrey Bogart, Fred McMurray and a host of stars. The story is a good one about a Skipper who goes bonkers and is relieved of command by his crew. Anyway, in the story an ensign takes leave in San Francisco and takes his girl to Yosemite. There are GREAT shots of the FIREFALL off Glacier Point.

     Although the images are only two 3-seconds shots, it is in full Technicolor and really shows us that it was like in motion. The 9 pm event went from 1872 to 1968. I never saw it and many of the older folks in my Yosemite talks and classes mention having been there as kids. You need to get the DVD, NetFlix or whatever and see it if you are a hard-core Yosemite fan.

     Other neat things in the scene: The actors get off  horses in broad daylight then just a few minutes later they look up at Glacier point and hear “LET THE FIRE FALL!!”  – this was yelled every night at 9 pm …. gee, much sun to actually be 9 pm. Next morning, they are on the patio of the Ahwahnee Hotel and the actress points off camera to the east and says that  . . today she wants to “hike to top of that mountain.” It’s gotta be Half Dome.  

     In the Special Features commentary, the speakers say it was “filmed at Yellowstone because the director  (long dead) wanted a wide vista to add to the movie and the new Technicolor process. Dork – It’s YOSEMITE – the other “Y” park.   Anyway, add it to your collection.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.” – Aldous Huxley

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. Sönke says:

    Nice find. 🙂 I couldn’t even remember Yosemite was part of the movie.

    For those of you who are interested in the Firefall but missed it on TV or couldn’t get a copy at YNP’s gift stores you might want to check out this documentary from 1996 (quality is a bit rough):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXsA7E21ErQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf6-9eN-vPo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1G4ZQ550zo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxmZEh1O8YA

    • mrhalfdome says:

      Good find on your part. Huell Howser is a big SoCal TV man with a weekly show called California’s Gold. He did a HD hike and I even invited him to join me. His hike was a 2 day one thru Little Yosemtie Valley. They had to carry sound and camera gear. His PR guy said he could not make my day hike.

      A bonus is to see Ranger Dick Ewart in the ’80’s. He’s one of the longest tenured ragners at Yosemite. Nice hair, Dick!

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