Garces Highway, Bakersfield, California
North by Northwest (1959)
The iconic crop duster sequence was filmed on Garces Highway in October 1958.
Initially producer Herbert Coleman had scouted for desolate locations in Iowa and Indiana, but was was unable to find anywhere that matched Hitchcock's requirements. Eventually Coleman was able to locate a suitable site two hours drive north of Los Angeles, near to and Wasco and Bakersfield.
Wasco pilot Bob Coe was hired to fly the biplane and the final sequence was a combination of location footage and studio-based rear projection.
Location of Garces Highway...
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