Paint Your Wagon, 1969
visit the film locations
Oregon: visit the: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Wallowa Mountains Visitor Center, 88401 Hwy. 82, Enterprise, Oregon 97828 (tel: 541.426.4978)
A new plot, by veteran writer Paddy Chayevsky (The Hospital, Network), is grafted onto the songs of the old stage musical, as a dearth of womenfolk pushes gold prospectors Ben Rumson and Pardner (Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood) to polyandry, sharing wife Elizabeth (Jean Seberg).
In reversal of the usual state of affairs, it was the studio who insisted on location shooting, while the director, stagey old Joshua Logan, wanted to shoot the movie on the Paramount lot.
As it turns out, the location is the movie’s only real asset. ‘No Name City’, the goldrush shanty town, was built at East Eagle Creek, up in northeast Oregon, near to Baker City, within the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
More scenes were filmed at Holcomb Valley, a short drive north of Big Bear Lake, located in the real gold country of the San Bernardino National Forest (it’s claimed that more gold per square mile was taken out of Holcomb Valley than anywhere else in southern California).