The Museum of the North Beach in Moclips will be celebrating the anniversary of the filming of the John Wayne movie “McQ” in the area with a celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
During July and August, 1973, the cast and crew of the Warner Brothers movie directed by John Sturges shot a scene on State Route 109 between Taholah and Moclips and scenes at Pacific Beach, Moclips and Point Grenville for the last 20 minutes of the film, said Kelly Calhoun, Museum executive director.
“This was one of John Wayne’s last movies and one of the few in which he starred that was not a Western. Wayne’s character, Lon McQ is a detective in Seattle where most of the movie was filmed,” Calhoun said. Also starring in the crime drama were Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst and Clu Gulager.
While on the North Beach, the cast and crew stayed in various motels and condominiums in Ocean Shores. John Wayne stayed in the penthouse at the Polynesian Resort.
“In addition to the excitement of having John Wayne here on the North Beach, several locals were extras in the film,” Calhoun noted. “Some were in the bar scene filmed in Aberdeen. The most dramatic stunt of the entire movie was a car chase on the beach beginning at Analyde Gap between Pacific Beach and Moclips that ended at Point Grenville in an incredible rollover . On Saturday, the black 1969 Cadillac that was used to chauffeur John Wayne and his son Ethan will be parked in front of the museum. Several items from the movie will be on display, including a full size movie poster, Wayne’s autograph, and photos taken by North Beach residents. The museum has copies of the 2007 DVD available for $20, and the movie will be playing the entire day.
The Museum is located at 4658 State Route 109 in Moclips, phone: (360) 276-4441.