REDLANDS >> Patrick Meiklejohn paused during a phone interview Thursday to play swing music he completed the previous day for his film "Hubba Hubba."
Meiklejohn's rendition of the decades-old musical will be the 70- year-old's first full-length film, and he's visiting his childhood home in Redlands this weekend to film it.
The musical is set in a generic small town similar to Redlands, where teenagers raise money for a serviceman's canteen during World War II.
Meiklejohn saw a poster for the play years ago, while freelancing as an actor.
"I just fell in love with it," he said. "It's got great music."
But the storyline, Meiklejohn said, was lacking conflict.
At the time, Meiklejohn worked full time as a child abuse social worker in L.A. County.
Retirement left him pondering what to do with the rest of his life.
"I have a degree in filmmaking," he recalled telling himself. "I should be making movies, which is what I always wanted to do."
After obtaining the rights to "Hubba Hubba," Meiklejohn began rewriting the script and hiring a cast.
It's been a 9-year project thus far.
Because most of the actors go to school full time, "what would normally be a 20-day shoot will come out to be a 6-month shoot," he said.
This weekend, a home on Center Street and another around the corner on Linda Place will serve as the backdrop for the film.
Meiklejohn lived in the home on Center for a few years and attended McKinley School, while his father ran the Fox Theatre.
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