Some parents have grainy video preserving their baby’s early days.
Judy Dubsky has a full-length musical produced by Paramount Pictures.
“It’s so exciting to hear their little voices,” she said.
In 1968, Dubsky, who lived in Baker City, had 3-month-old twins, Susan and Richard. That was the same time when Paramount Pictures was in need of infant twins to be featured in “Paint Your Wagon,” a movie filmed along East Eagle Creek in Baker County.
Dubsky shared her story about being part of the movie crew during a special event at the Baker Heritage Museum on Thursday.
This is the 50th anniversary of the filming and the museum unveiled a special exhibit this spring. Last week’s event aimed to collect more stories that could be added to the display.
In addition to her own tales, Dubsky brought a special guest.
“I did bring one of the twins who was in ‘Paint Your Wagon,’ ” she said.
“Our only claim to fame is this. I’m one of the twins,” her daughter, Susan Taber, said with a smile.
The movie needed a baby, and Hollywood rules dictated that they could be filmed for no more than five minutes a day.
“With twins, they could get 10 minutes,” Dubsky said.
It was daunting, she said, to take two 3-month-old babies into the Wallowa Mountains for entire days on set.
“Dr. Kostol (Carl Kostol, a longtime Baker City physician who died March 14, 2018) wouldn’t let us fly in the helicopter, so we drove every day,” she said.
The twins’ ride was a limousine.
Because of the babies’ role, they were considered part of the star crew, which meant Dubsky ate lunch with the movie stars.
“I always managed to sit across from Clint Eastwood,” she said with a smile. “We had to control Lee Marvin — he always wanted to feed the babies ice cream.”
During the days of filming, Dubsky’s three older children stayed at the family’s home in Baker City with a baby sitter. To make up for her absence, she often planned special outings with them on the weekends. She remembers one particular day when they went to a movie at the Eltrym Theatre.
“This booming voice behind me said ‘Can I go to the movie with you?’ It was Lee Marvin. Of course I said yes,” she said.
Dubsky brought large-format photographs from various movie scenes. It’s easy to tell which baby is which — if the baby’s face is showing, it’s Richard (he also goes by Duke). If the baby is swaddled with no visible face, it’s Susan.
Larry Morrison was the next to share his story during Thursday’s gathering at the Heritage Museum. He graduated from Baker High School in 1968, and his first construction job was on the movie set of “Paint Your Wagon.”
See more in the June 18, 2018, issue of the Baker City Herald.