The Sand Pebbles locations...

       
       

https://youtu.be/apae9btXNgg
 

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
        The Script -

http://www.thesandpebbles.com/script/sandpebbles_script.txt

 

       
       
         

 

The Making of The Sand Pebbles:

http://www.stonehengemedia.com/clips/film-clips/13-the-sand-pebbles
 

       

The steam engine was located in California and renovated for the film. The whole engine room was built around it, on a sound stage...

       

       

       

       

Filming

The Sand Pebbles was filmed both in Taiwan and Hong Kong. It's filming, which began on November 22, 1965, at Keelung, was scheduled to take about nine weeks, but it ended up taking seven months. The cast and crew took a break for the Christmas holidays at Tamsui, Taipei.

At one point, a 15-foot camera boat capsized on the Keelung River, setting back the schedule because the soundboard was ruined when it sank. When the filming was finally finished in Taiwan, the government of the Republic of China held several members of the crew, including McQueen and his family, supposedly "hostage" by keeping their passports because of unpaid additional taxes. In March 1966, the filming finally moved to the Shaw Brothers studios in Hong Kong for three months, mainly for scenes in Sai Kung and Tung Chung, and then in June, it travelled to Hollywood to finish its interior scenes at the Fox Studios.

Due to frequent rain and other difficulties in Hong Kong, the filming was nearly abandoned. When he returned to Los Angeles, McQueen fell ill because he had an abscessed molar. He had not wanted to see a dentist until he returned to California. His dentist and physician ordered him to take an extended period of restóone that halted production again for weeks.

       

       
       

John Norris - Steve McQueen's DOUBLE...

       

       
       
       
       
         
         

Taipei...

        The cast and crew stayed at The Grand Hotel and The Ambassador Hotel...

       
       
 

GRAND HOTEL, Taipei, Taiwan - 1966...

OWNER: Madame Chiang...

       
       

http://www.thesandpebbles.com/bergen/bergen.htm

 

       
       
       

History of the Grand Hotel - http://taipics.com/ghotel.php

         
       

Candice Bergen lived in the old wings of The Grand Hotel...

       
       
       
       
       
       
         

 

 

 

Richard Attenborough lived at The Ambassador Hotel...

       

 

       
       
       
       
         
        Richard Crenna's daughter went to Taipei American High School (TAS) which was in Shilin...
       
         
         

 

 

 

 

        CROWD BASE...
       
       
         

Richard Attenborough arriving at the TAMSUI set in late 1965...

       

       
       
       
       
         
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
       
         

 

 

 

Steve McQueen's Playground?

near Sung Shan Airport with the distinguished "The White Building" - is where the crew and cast congregated every day before the day's filming in Keelung or Tamsui to obtain their costume, make-up and more for a couple of months...

       
 
Found a 1970's map: the buildings behind Steve McQueen are in the red circle - "...was the only place in Taipei with that much open ground around it."

The buildings behind Steve McQueen are the closest to the airport, so the ones found (demolished but suggested as the correct buildings).

 

       

A series of apartment buildings that sat out in what used to be a rural area (not anymore) out near Sung Shan Airport which was the "new airport" when The Sand Pebbles was filmed.

       
       

The Sung Shan airport - note the similar fencing and the lamp posts...

       

McQueen's Suzuki bike could be heard in the "wee hours of the morning."

       
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
       
        Lamp post similar style to those at Sung Shan airport above...
       

Suzuki T20

       
       

       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
         
       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

"The attached shot of Steve McQueen was taken at the Taipei Airport, based on the mountains and Mount Guanyin in the background. Also attached is a circa 1965 shot of the Taipei Airport. The building on the right of the photo appears to be the same building in the McQueen shot. The other attached airport photo (1971) shows the same mountains.

There are also a few shots taken during the filming of The Sand Pebbles in 1965/66 on my website at: http://shulinkou.tripod.com/dawg2b.html#movie

Glad you are enjoying the website"

Regards,

Roger

       
       
       
       
 

 

The address is Fujin Street, the remaining block is Alley 2, Lane 77...

https://www.google.fr/maps/@25.0607093,121.5512517,3a,75y,113.48h,90.11t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sm9lnvGYpnfeKxYYYMSGFKg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

So the first block seen in the back of McQueen (and the two others behind) have been demolished; left just the last one, the further one.

 

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
        Steve McQueen lived in a villa with his family surrounded by the countryside...

The children, Chad aged 5 years & Terry aged 6 years went to the Dominican school in Taipei

         
           
       
       

       
       

       
       
           
       

ďIíve marked it on this map. I can have a go at identifying the buildings in the photos too. The one on the roundabout is Ren-ai which used to have a lot of greenery on it and was one of only about 4 roundabouts in Taipei so easily identifiable. The other photo with him stopped has what looks like a school in the background. Schools do not get knocked down in Taipei so itís likely to be still around.Ē
 

 
           
 

Steve McQueen's Family villa in YELLOW

The French Tutor's house in GREEN...

(1966)

 

Dropped pin
near 106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Daían District, 敦化南路一段233巷37號
https://goo.gl/maps/nsKg72Wn7v32

Thatís the google map link to the location of the villa in the YELLOW Box..

(1973)

 

(1981)

 

 

 

 

       

       
       
 
http://trip.writers.idv.tw/2017/03/blog-post_19.html

S„o Paulo Gunboat and Penglai Pavilion

       
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

It is called: the Penglai Pavilion and it was at: 163 Nanjing West Road, TaipeiIt was a former hotel/restaurant, history here : (possible translation in English)

http://jaungyoungming-club.blogspot.fr/2016/02/blog-post.html?m=1

 
The end of the Penglai Pavilion: On June 20, 1955, Penglai Pavilion closed its business and was leased to the U.S. military aid advisory team as a U.S. military club and U.S. military dormitory. In 1957, the famous surgical doctor Xu Yuxing bought Penglai Pavilion as the site of the new "Xu Surgical Hospital" (formerly opposite the municipal government at 149 Chang'an Xilu Road). The address was 163 Nanjing West Road. Later, Xu Surgical Hospital moved to Liangzhou Street and Penglai Pavilion was also demolished and rebuilt.

 

This episode tells the events of the Northern Expedition of the Kuomintang in China in 1926. It observed the Chinese civil war from the perspective of Americans. This incident also led to the first civil war between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party. During the filming period, the time of the Vietnam War, the Americans also self-resolved to fight in the end why! 

In the American ship, there are actually Chinese people living together, and the Chinese actually influenced the management culture within the ship. Just entering such a Jake Holman was very strange, but by the end of the play, Jake Holman was The influence of the missionaries, actually wanted to stay in such a China, to want to demand death, or to end the war? 

Although the film was banned by the Kuomintang, because of the performance of many bad things done by the Kuomintang. There is a strong feeling in watching this film. We still have many bad habits in management. This is what happened. Americans have already awakened from the war in the 20th century and we are still living in this land. Day without identity. 

This film also retains many of Taiwanís old buildings. Americans can watch these films and they do not know how to cherish them. From the Keelung Harbor, Longshan Temple, Banqiao Lin Family Garden, Dadao Rice, and fresh water, the Taipei landscape in the 1960s is beautiful. The photo is Penglai Pavilion, located at 163 Nanjing West Road today and of course it has disappeared.
 
Plus video about this building through the years :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAVH4PVWsLM

Dihua Street - Taipei, Taiwan...

         
       

       

       

       

       

       

         
       

       

       

       

       

Link to boy background:

http://bit.ly/2D3x2HP

       

       

       

       

Temple boy background close-up:

http://bit.ly/2AZX24U

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

         
       

Ben-Yuan Lin Family Mansion and Gardens - 9, Ximen Street, Banqiao District, New Taipei City. Taiwan...

 

       

       

Dear Don:

It is confirmed that the location of Ďelephant sculptureí scene is Ben-Yuan Linís Family Mansion and Garden, where is in New Taipei City indeed. However, elephant sculpture doesnít exist in there, it might be a property. The building now is national historical sites as well as a famous spot in Taiwan. 
The range of shooting is as in the Picture below, also there some pictures for your reference.  Ben-Yuan Linís Family Mansion and Garden Website:

http://en.linfamily.ntpc.gov.tw/xmdoc/cont?xsmsid=0G251621007606397008&sid=0G251634229038817846

 With very best wishes,

New Taipei City Government

Film Assist Center 

       

       

       

The tiles on the roof have been changed...

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

The link for this location and film scene is Steve McQueen shirtless and then wearing his blue costume...

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

http://hokahey-littleworlds.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/sand-pebbles-1966-starring-steve.html?m=1

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

The courtyard where the 'elephant sculpture' was situated...

       

       

       

       

       

       

The 'elephant sculpture' was probably a prop and is similar to those at the Ming Dynasty Tomb:

http://www.historynet.com/gallery-life-on-the-yangtze.htm

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

"I think it is most likely Taiwan. The style of temple is similar to older ones found in Taiwan. Hong Kong doesn't have temples like this and certainly very few have so much space around them."

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

The Ming Dynasty Tombs may have been copied for the scene in The Sand Pebbles...

       

       

Location with sailors - Ming Dynasty Tombs

http://www.historynet.com/gallery-life-on-the-yangtze.htm

       

       

       

       

       

The 'Elephant statue' scene may have been included in The Sand Pebbles for cultural and historical reasons. The elephants were possibly modelled on the Chinese style of those on display at the Ming Dynasty Tomb in China as the film was suppose to be based around the Shanghai area...

       

       

 

Social Life: Club 63, Taipei, Taiwan...

Steve McQueen, his wife and the film crew visited the club to socialise and to relax...

http://taipeisignalarmy.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/club-63-taipei-taiwan.html?m=1

       

Note the location of the CLUB 63 and the location of the GRAND HOTEL on the map below...

       

       

       

       

{Friends of China Club - 1957}

       

{Club 63 - by the mid-1970's the name was changed to the China Seas Club}

       

       

{When initial dues are paid then you received a cigarette lighter (June 1968)}

       

       

       

       

{This is the banner for the Taipei American Club, officially known as the American Club in China}

       

       

{Located on the land once occupied by the Club 63.- note the GRAND HOTEL in the background. The street address of the club is 47, Bei-an Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491}

       
       
       

OFFICES CLUB -

For perspective if you went up the road on the right side of the picture you would be at the river across from The Grand Hotel...

LOCATION - Chung Shan North Road Section 3, on the west side of the street about a block north of the HSA compound entrances...

       
       

this link to the current google earth view will take you to where a cut in the sidewalk shows where the entrance to that curved driveway shown in the picture above was.

https://goo.gl/maps/s4ZeGnyM26T2

         
       

 

 

KEELUNG DISTRICT...

       

       

Keelung Station (replaced in 1967)

Quayside of Keelung ...
In front of Customs and Maritime Museum...

 

 

KEELUNG Customs pretending to be Shanghai Customs ...

Keelung, Maritime Museum in back ...

Keelung Quayside - in front of Customs...

https://www.google.fr/maps/@25.1320605,121.7403331,3a,75y,23.5h,89.54t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBb-Q9omxEzQeZEGOFKIw6w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Statue, near the quayside/customs, here:

https://www.google.fr/maps/@25.1318231,121.7401116,3a,75y,18.5h,89.14t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJSrk5-_QBVrF3oebPbQVeg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Correct format...

 

Location of the shipyard (Agenna Shipyard in Keelung):

 

https://www.google.fr/maps/@25.1539336,121.7689385,3a,75y,63.96h,87.92t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s1rXL8RmdNDFAV9wpKbtDrw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e2MyFFcHXFQ

 

 

 

https://www.google.com/maps/@25.1302057,121.7421144,3a,75y,202.4h,99.98t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sYCEdKkdvTrVir_zPPZ9sFA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=zh-TW

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 

       

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

The Post Office doesnít exist anymore like in the McQueen and Neile photo ...

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

         

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

         
       

 

 

 

TAMSUI DISTRICT...

       

       

Picnic lunch on the banks of the Tamsui - 24th March 1966...

 

       

       

       

       

       

Image photographed from Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui District looking across Tamsui River towards Mount Guanyin,Taipei

       

         
         
       

         
       

https://www.google.fr/maps/@25.1715286,121.4369752,3a,90y,220.04h,85.17t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s_C8xvv9vFwyXkVlClrr2lw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

       

       

 

 

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 

       

       

       

       

       

         
       

       

"Death of a Thousand cuts"

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

Scene:

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/1067055/Sand-Pebbles-The-Movie-Clip-Most-China-Sailors.html
 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 

       

 

       

 

       

       

       

       

       

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 

       

 

       

       

 

       

John R Hamilton Photographer on the 'Sand Pebbles' 1966...

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

         
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

1960 Triumph TR3A

 

 

       

       

       

       

 

 

 

Playtime at Tamsui...

       

 

 

       

       

       

       

       

Tamsui, Taipei on the docks near where The Sand Pablo was moored (1966)...

 

       

       

       

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

Robert Wise, Director...

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 

       

       

       

       

 

       

       

       

       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

YANGMINGSHAN PARK

Terraced Rice Fields...

       

       

       

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

The building is superimposed and doesnít really exist (and never did). It looks as though the area might be called Zhuzihu I think, which means bamboo river. The road itself is Zhuzihu Lu (i.e. Zhuzihu Road). Did you notice that the rice terrace walls are still the same shape as back in 1966?

There is a brief description on this website about the area: https://guidetotaipei.com/visit/zhuzihu-%E7%AB%B9%E5%AD%90%E6%B9%96

Also, if you look at the other screen grabs showing the guys on the stone steps above the valley, it looks like those steps were positioned in the same area but up the hill.

Anyway, congrats on finding all these locations.

Phil

P.S I will be in Taipei for several weeks in the summer and will try and visit these places to get some better photos. Iíll let you know later in the year if I am successful.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

Yangmingshan National Park was used for several film locations...

       

The images around the rice terraces were filmed in Yangmingshan Park, just north of Taipei. Here is a link to the rough area:

https://earth.app.goo.gl/?apn=com.google.earth&ibi=com.google.b612&isi=293622097&ius=googleearth&link=https%3a%2f%2fearth.google.com%2fweb%2f%4025.17843942,121.54211278,700.24334717a,0d,60y,251.84400324h,83.41382193t,0r%2fdata%3dIhoKFmdKR05BalAyeks3TWt1bEd4UTZKclEQAg

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

         
       

       

       

       

       

       

 
       

My best guess is somewhere around this point: https://earth.app.goo.gl/?apn=com.google.earth&ibi=com.google.b612&isi=293622097&ius=googleearth&link=https%3a%2f%2fearth.google.com%2fweb%2f%4025.17959668,121.54336265,767.67852783a,0d,90y,220.54183524h,74.71871843t,0r%2fdata%3dCgAiGgoWVVpmNW5rcTY5R3N2enlJdWh0RDUwZxAC

But Iím not sure if the steps would have been immediately in front, or behind where the google camera is (i.e steps connecting this part and the upper part of the road above). Without being there itís hard to see the view to determine one way or the other.

This is the view from the upper part of the road: https://earth.app.goo.gl/VUmeD

Anyway, as I said this is a best guess based on the angles of the rice terraces with the hills behind.

Phil...

       

 

       

Bade Pond Ecological Park,

Xingfeng Road, Bade city, Taoyuan, Taiwan...

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

Note the prominent tree in the background both in the film scene and in the Bade Pond Ecological Park...

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

However, Bade Pond is out near Taoyuan which was the middle of nowhere in the 1960s.

There was a US military station not far away at Linkou but nothing else out there but tea plantations and farms.

 It is because they did some filming up on Yanmingshan it seems more likely to be at Dream Lake...

 

       

Suggested alternative Location of the Lake...

DREAM LAKE on Yanmingshan.

https://bikehiketaipei.wordpress.com/dream-lake/

       

       

       

       

       

 

 

Arriving at HONG KONG...

       

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/m.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/film-tv/article/1935713/when-steve-mcqueen-was-talk-town-hong-kong%3famp=1

       

       

McQueen arrives at Kai Tak airport on 22nd March 1966 from Taiwan with his wife and two children on his way to Hong Kong and Sai Kung...On May 15, 1966 McQueen left with his family for London to begin working on the motor racing movie DAY OF THE CHAMPION...this was shelved so the McQuuens flew back to California instead!

       

       

http://m.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/film-tv/article/1935713/when-steve-mcqueen-was-talk-town-hong-kong
 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

McQueen's daughter attended the Maryknoll Convent school in Kowloon Tong...

 

       

       

       

Filmed at Shaw Brothers Studio and Sai Kung & Pyramid Hill...

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

West Dam of High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung was where The Sand Pebble battle scenes were filmed...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a8tpClQVVhs
 

       

       

       

       

 

"As I mentioned on gwulo, I donít believe there were any land-based scenes done in Hong Kong, they were all boat-based and filmed around High Island in Sai Kung (before it was turned into a reservoir) and also at least two shots were filmed a little further north along and near the Tolo Channel."

 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

First Unit work was completed May15th, 1966...

       

       

 

       

         

 

       

Filming at HOUSTON, TEXAS

       

Houston was used for one day for several scenes on the ship: During filming on the USS Texas at the San Jacinto Battleground outside Houston, Texas, Steve McQueen sent waves of fear through director Robert Wise when an old friend brought his Triumph motorcycle out to him - McQueen jumped on the motorcycle and roared off, not returning for almost an hour...

http://www.chron.com/local/history/culture-scene/article/Texas-Sails-Again-10999114.php#photo-12194853
 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

http://www.thesandpebbles.com/uss_texas/uss_texas_sandpebbles.html

         

 

 

 

       

California Studios...

       

Filming at the 20th Century Fox Ranch {Malibu Creek Skate Park}...

       

       

       

       

       

 

 
       

         
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

The actors wait to film inside the missionary scene with two soldiers waiting behind Steve McQueen and Candice Bergen...

       

       

       

       

 

 

Filming at the 20th Century Fox Sound Studios...

       

       

       

Richard Crenna - Captain and Steve McQueen...

 

       

         

 

 

 

       

Twentieth Century-Fox set up a publicity tour for Steve McQueen to promote the film. McQueen made rare TV appearance on the TOAST OF THE TOWN (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show"), WHAT'S MY LINE? and THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON.

         
       

 

         
       

       

         
       

       

       

       

       

20th December, 1966

 

 

       

       

       
       
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