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Old 05-20-2006, 06:08 AM   #1
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The LONG LONG TRAILER Movie Trivia

I was recently watching the classic Lucie/Desi movie "The Long Long Trailer" and was wondering where the stretch of road was that they climbed the mountain. On line trivia sites say it was in the Sierra Nevadas as opposed to the Rockies. They also say that the road was so steep that the studio had to substitute the 1953 Mercury with similar looking but more powerful 1953 Lincoln to get up the hill.

Do any of you recognize the location in Eastern California and specifically what road it might be and where (nearest town).

Have any of you daring soles tried to climb it with your own Long Long Trailer?

Has the road been improved since 1953 or has the Interstate Highway system passed it by?
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Old 05-20-2006, 07:47 AM   #2
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I was recently watching the classic Lucie/Desi movie "The Long Long Trailer" and was wondering where the stretch of road was that they climbed the mountain. On line trivia sites say it was in the Sierra Nevadas as opposed to the Rockies. They also say that the road was so steep that the studio had to substitute the 1953 Mercury with similar looking but more powerful 1953 Lincoln to get up the hill.

Do any of you recognize the location in Eastern California and specifically what road it might be and where (nearest town).

Have any of you daring soles tried to climb it with your own Long Long Trailer?

Has the road been improved since 1953 or has the Interstate Highway system passed it by?

The road is Tioga Pass in eastern California going into Yosemite NP. The road is nothing like it was, though it is a pretty steep grade. I can't remember what the elevation was at the bottom but you do climb to 8,000 ft quickly. We pulled the 26' Overlander up it with ease.
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Old 05-20-2006, 07:55 AM   #3
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I was recently watching the classic Lucie/Desi movie "The Long Long Trailer" ?
Is this movie available on DVD? We have a very old VHS copy which is worn away and would love to have a DVD copy.
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Old 05-20-2006, 08:09 AM   #4
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Great Info. Thanks!
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hi balrgn.....
have you purchased this version? has turner classic movies redone this disc?

it looks different than the vhs2dvd version i've seen advertised.

this one supposedly has subtitles/multilanguages and other bits on the disc.

the other version i've seen was basically a dvd copy of the old vhs with no extras....sort of like a home copy.

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hi balrgn.....
have you purchased this version? has turner classic movies redone this disc?

it looks different than the vhs2dvd version i've seen advertised.

this one supposedly has subtitles/multilanguages and other bits on the disc.

the other version i've seen was basically a dvd copy of the old vhs with no extras....sort of like a home copy.

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Have not purchased it (yet) Looks to be loaded with extras and I remember hearing that Turner re-mastered the film. Has Dolby Digital mono, So I'll bet it is awesome!
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I was recently watching the classic Lucie/Desi movie "The Long Long Trailer" and was wondering where the stretch of road was that they climbed the mountain. On line trivia sites say it was in the Sierra Nevadas as opposed to the Rockies. They also say that the road was so steep that the studio had to substitute the 1953 Mercury with similar looking but more powerful 1953 Lincoln to get up the hill.

Do any of you recognize the location in Eastern California and specifically what road it might be and where (nearest town).

Have any of you daring soles tried to climb it with your own Long Long Trailer?

Has the road been improved since 1953 or has the Interstate Highway system passed it by?
Rseagle,

As was stated it is Tioga Pass road from Lee Vining to Yosemite National Park. The summit is just short of 10,000 feet (about 9,995 feet). The road today is the same although it has been paved since the movie was filmed.

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Here's a link to a interesting series of pictures of that pass...
http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/projects/geo.../TiogaPass.HTM
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Bob, they did indeed have to use a "stunt double" for the Merc in the movie, it just didn't have the cajones to handle the hill. Also, if you count the number of times Desi downshifted going up the hill, you would think the car had a 13 speed transmission .
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How come they were Nicky and Tracy and not Ricky and Lucy?
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How come they were Nicky and Tracy and not Ricky and Lucy?
Must have been trying to really break out of their t.v. roles, really stretch their acting abilities. So they broke the mold by playing a loveable but flighty wife... and her accomodating yet impatient husband.
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love that film, its funny...I collected rocks from a bunch of camping spots also, only not all at once like she did. They now adorn my garden.
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here is the dvd also
http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=WBD067975
the other link was a Desi & Lucy collection like this one
http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=WBD076090
this site has very good prices and free shipping.
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