Exclusive Never Been Seen Before Photos From The On Golden Pond Film Set.

Mariah, the US Mail Boat

Thanks to long time fellow Woody Boater Pat Curtin, we have for you these exclusive never been seen before photos from the On Golden Pond set.  These were shot by a friend of Pats, and are clearly show the friendship and fun the team had on this Oscar winning film. The shots came to us in very low resolution and faded color. So we did slightly make them larger, and color corrected the age giving detail that was to be lost. Thanks again to Pat for sharring with Woody Boater and Woody Boaters everywhere.

Sinking Thayer IV


Henry Fonda and Doug McKeon waiting for there take.

mmm I wonder how the area was chosen to shoot, On Golden Pond?

Doug McKeaon talking on the talent boat

Katharine Hepburn also on set.

Henry Fonda

The shoot barge

Katharine Hepburn in a conversation

More Golden Pond magic

Part of the crew

More crew

I think??? This is a stunt man being dressed as Fonda

Loon magic on Golden Pond

Doug McKeaon on a 24 Sportsman

This was the Talent boat used as a “trailer” of sorts for the talent to rest and prepare for scenes

Shooting a scene

Not the US Mail Boat!

Fonda taking a break

More golden pond greatness

More stunning location shots

The magic of fall

Location shots

The magic of Squam Lake

Famed Director Of Photography Billy Williams looking through the lens.

One of Pats crew filling up the boats at the Marina

Thayer IV shoot boat 3 half sunk!

According to Pat, the boat had to be rigged to create a hole. The rock being hit wasnt enough..

More shoot shots

golden pond shoot6

Katharine Hepburn

Thanks again to Pat Curtin for sending us all these very cool exclusive photos..

31 replies
  1. Steve Moreau
    Steve Moreau says:

    Yes indeed a very nice treat. I would love to be sitting in the back of a Reinell having a chat with Mrs. Hepburn! imagine the stories she could tell.

    Merry Christmas to you all.

  2. Pic Cyr
    Pic Cyr says:

    A friend of mine who was one of the founding fathers of the ACBS told me that they could not sink it so the took and actually cut the bow out of the boat and reattached it. If you watch that scene in slow motion you can see when they hit the rocks, it comes off in one piece. Does show the strength of a planked hull.

  3. Gene Porter
    Gene Porter says:

    Terrific find
    A must see before the next cruise on Squam by our New England Lyman Group
    When is ice put?

  4. Matt
    Matt says:

    The header photo is the crew working the hull on the crash boat. Pat Curtin was the boat specialist on the film as well as others like water world and striking distance. These are his photos from a fellow crew member.

  5. Mike K
    Mike K says:

    i cant zoom in enough on the sportsman to see if the zipper on the bimini is correct!, anyone?

    fun photos, its good to see this classic movie will never go of style with our group!

  6. Tommyholm
    Tommyholm says:

    The mighty Chris craft sank. The Century came and saved them. Story has it that Hepburn herself drove into the water to save Fonda, no stunt girl for her.

  7. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    Wonder if the crash boat is still in the sandbox at the Holiday Inn in Key Largo or has it been dismantled and sent to the burn pile ??? When I last saw it there was a hole in the bow but I don’t recall if it was obvious that a breakaway piece had been in behind the hole.

  8. Frank Miklos
    Frank Miklos says:

    The boat that is “Not the mail boat” May be a 22′ Century Raven. Or maybe a 26′. Can’t tell, the res low but appears to have the Raven name in the back of the hull sides. 1961-1965 Raven The wood windshield had been painted… It normally natural stained mahogany. Would love to scan the originals.. photos will be saved into my OGP file….

  9. Frank Miklos
    Frank Miklos says:

    Beanieincecil: The 24′ is not “Suzy”… Susie came from the Clarion River in Western Pennsylvania.. Where it had been in storage for many years… (I believe at the time this movie was made it was sitting in Vodwinkers (sp?) storage. )

  10. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    It always amazes me all the towers , barges, and platforms they have to make to “get the shot”. So much more effort than meets the eye. But after seeing scenes like these, you get to appreciate the movie that much more.
    Ronnie and I want to wish all our WoodyBoater friends a very Merry Christmas, and look forward to meeting more of you in person in 2015…

  11. Ronald
    Ronald says:

    I have the dvd and if you stop the movie at the crash and go through it 1 scene at a time it appears that the corner was cut/scored some at odd angles before it hit the rock.Wilson I also saw the boat and the African Queen there at the Holiday Inn in the Keys a few years ago, the crash boat was in terrible shape by then. Thanks for posting these pictures today.

  12. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Great behind the scenes photos! Thank you Pat Curtain for sharing and thanks to Matt for a little tweaking.
    Merry Christmas to all!

  13. Denis D
    Denis D says:

    Great shots, very high on my favorite movies list. We took the scenic tour of Squam Lake this year and were impressed, smaller than Winnipesaukee but very quiet and scenic.

    Merry Christmas to all Woody Boaters from a wet New Jersey.

    Denis D

  14. rick s.
    rick s. says:

    One of my favorite all time movies. My kids and I have watched it more than a dozen times.
    A very Merry Christmas to all Woody Boaters and their families

  15. Ken Heaton
    Ken Heaton says:

    We just watched the movie again recently and appreciated so much more than when we watched it long ago…pre-owning-a-woody ourselves back then!
    Merry Christmas to all from the Lake Hopatcong Chapter!

  16. thorn
    thorn says:

    Great movie! Thanks for the pictures.
    Just goes to show you how dangerous those column mounted throttles can be.

  17. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    “Norman, you old poop”. Can’t count the number of times I’ve seen OGP. When I first saw it, I realized why my step father, also named Norman, acted the way he did. It answered a lot of questions. But, also, having grown up in the area, with the “camps” and rock strewn lakes, cold clear water, having a canoe, and a small o/b skiff, and a Chris Craft at my uncle’s and grandfather’s we identified with the movie. Just didn’t have a relative with a body like Jane (or the liberal attitude, thank God). Thanks for the insightful photos.

  18. Randy
    Randy says:

    Anyone looking for “The shoot barge” to restore? Could it be a prehistoric relative to the pontoon boat?

    Merry Christmas to all.

  19. Grant Stanfield
    Grant Stanfield says:

    Great, great cache of candid pictures…thanks, Mr. Curtin!

    *If you watch the crash scene very carefully, see if you don’t agree with me that the bow of the THAYER IV crash-boat actually ‘implodes’ one fraction of a second BEFORE it hits the boulder…I’m not surprised that the crash scene had to be rigged. See for yourself- doesn’t it tear away just a hair too soon?

    …wishing all WoodyBoaters a fun and memorable holiday season, on or off the water!

  20. Al Campbell
    Al Campbell says:

    Thank you thank you. One of the best gifts this Christmas. Reminds me how much I love getting out on the lake in my own Sportsman, the Wildcat Cafe.. Have a good new year all!

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