Paint Your Wagon, A Northwest Film


A little known fact about this week’s 69 film PAINT YOUR WAGON is a Northwest film. Convinced by production designer John Truscott director Joshua Logan shot in Baker County, Oregon in the Eagle Cap Mountains along East Eagle and Jack Creek.  The crew built two separate versions of the mining town No-Name City — one before gold is struck and a more ornate version for when it becomes a boom town.Some of the set still survives as seen the photo below.

Remnant of the Paint Your Wagon Set

Remnant of the Paint Your Wagon Set

This did however contribute to some of the economic hardship the film experienced since the closest lodgings were a perilous 50-mile drive away, cast and crew were flown to the set by helicopters at a cost of $80,000 a day.

More info on the shoot can be found here and here.


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One Response to “Paint Your Wagon, A Northwest Film”

  1. Ryan Says:

    I just found this review on Amazon…sounds like it was from one of the Oregon hippie extras:

    3.0 out of 5 stars Think of it as a Giant Hippie Party, February 8, 2004
    By Old Hippy “avamac2” (PORTLAND, OR United States) – See all my reviews

    No name city was built in the Wallawa Mts. outside Baker City, Oregon, and a call went out for “longhairs” to act as extras. Hippies were big on authentic Western costume and could supply their own wardrobe right down to the guns (yes, these hippies were armed to the teeth). They came with wives, kids, big dogs and bigger trucks and settled in for the summer, fall, winter, spring, and…I believe…a second summer. Everything you see in this movie is REAL…the poker game in the background, the French whores (imported from Paris, and yes, they plied their trade on the set and in hotels in Baker), the antiques, the long hair and handlebar moustaches. The opium den and bootleg liquor. All real and functioning. After the filming, there was a showing in Portland of the rough movie for the extras, and it was heartbreakingly beautiful. The Norman Luboff choir was not yet dubbed in and the music WAS the extras singing, and we got to hear Jean Seburg sing her part, and the SCALE of it was monumental….you really got the feeling of this tiny place lost in the Westerm wilderness. It was wonderful…makes me angry/sad to see the finished movie as cut in LA…the studio did their best to turn it into a routine and banal Broadway musical. Wish you fans could have seen it as I did in 1969.

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