The Valley of Heart's Delight (1962)

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A KPIX-TV documentary film from 1962, part of their Peabody Award winning San Francisco Pageant Series about the history of San Francisco and the Bay Area. This production features much archival footage from a 1922 film made by the manager of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce - Roscoe D. Wyatt - originally titled 'The Valley of the Heart's Delight'. The KPIX "update" looks at the history of the Santa Clara Valley in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries including views of: prune harvesting and packing; Alum Rock Park; the Alum Rock Park Natatorium (The Plunge); the Santa Clara Street bridge; San Jose municipal lake; Gilroy hot springs; the Saratoga Blossom Festival; Palo Alto; Los Gatos; Hotel Lyndon (Los Gatos); West Santa Clara Street being resurfaced; San Jose's Police Chief Black; the Hotel Vendome (San Jose); people driving around and promenading and St. James Park (San Jose). Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

This documentary was written and narrated by Don Brice, with a musical score by George Alexander and John Wilson (Don Carle on mandolin), cinematography was by Dick Williams, editing by Richard Scott and R.E. Pusey, Jr., produced by Richard Scott and directed by R.E. Pusey Jr.

The film elements were kindly donated to us by Gary Caldwell, the son of KPIX director and producer David N. Caldwell, in May 2022.

This 16mm film print was remastered in 4K (4096 x 2970) using a Lasergraphics ScanStation film scanner, in May 2022. Film shrinkage was measured in May 2022 at 0.1%. 


16mm b&w print, with optical soundtrack
Digital Format
mp4 video file
Special interest
Copyright Holder
KPIX 147414

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