Seeing the Real “Silver River”

25 Jul

C42YGB SILVER RIVER Poster for 1948 Warner Bros film with Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan


Ride the pack mules at the “Mule Capitol of the World”. Climb the “perfect” rock formatioms.

This is up near where Bill Mulholland infamously stole, I mean bought, LA its water from Owens Valley, the deepest valley on the continent. This is where Jack “Foley Artist” Foley brought Hollywood after he moved here from Santa Monica. And this is where Errol, Raoul & Annie filmed Silver River.

Bishop, California, featuring the Sherwyn Summit & various locations in Inyo County, some of which can be seen in the following Silver City trailer:

Fascinating Fact: Writer Stephen Longstreet said that historical aspects of Silver City were provided to him by his cousin, General James Longstreet, Robert E. Lee’s “Old War Horse” (played by Tom Berenger in “Gettysburg”)

— Tim


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  1. The Zaca

    June 30, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I used to live in Big Pine, just south of Bishop! Now I’m really excited to see this film. I had no idea it was filmed in Inyo County. Great!!!!

    • Gentleman Tim

      June 30, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Yo, TZ! Very cool Errol filmed in yo neck the woods. Despite being Terrible Errol during filming of Silver River, and Annie right there with him, I imagine Inyo was very much into Flynn being there.

      Here’s Annie & Errol, after a couple of oranges it appears.


      And here’s Nora and Errol at the world premier.


  2. The Zaca

    June 30, 2017 at 3:03 am

    “Errol Flynn was the quintessential drinking carousing Hollywood bad boy and was difficult, combative and irresponsible when he came to work in Bishop on Silver River (1948). The Inyo Independent reported on June 6, “The Buttermilk country became one vast motion picture set on Monday when Director Raoul Walsh began filming scenes for Silver River which will cover most of that area and take in the High Sierra within camera range. Other sections of the nearby foothills, still to be determined, will also serve as settings for action in the picture.” Many scenes throughout the film have this familiar territory as backdrop. Once when Flynn is thinking of his empire he gestures towards the Owens Valley promising someday it will be full of people.”

    • Maria

      July 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      I always liked this movie -perhaps because Errol wasn’t “nice” all the time. Anyway I also wonder what Errol thought about the great American landscapes that he found himself in? The sheer beauty of the mountains !