The Enchanted Hill: The Story of San Simeon

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KPIX documentary film from 1963, hosted by Steve Allen, about the building of Hearst Castle near San Simeon, on the central coast of California (also known as La Cuesta Encantada or The Enchanted Hill). Features archival film and photographs which are used to show how William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) worked with architect Julia Morgan to design and execute the building of this mansion between 1919 and 1947. Includes many views of the property and interiors, with narration by: William Randolph Hearst Jr.; Francis X. Bushman; Morgan North; Cary Baldwin; Mrs. Ann Rotanzi and Norman Rotanzi. Also includes scenes of Charlie Chaplin fooling around in the Hearst garden (footage which was discovered during the making of this film). This film was written and produced by Lee Mendelson, photographed by Dick Williams and edited by R.E. Pusey, Jr. This color film would have been telecast in b&w in 1963 and the executive producer was Ray Hubbard. Hearst Castle became officially recognized as a U.S. National Historic Landmark on May 11th, 1976.

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