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Way Back When in Santa Barbara, Mesa Memories, & Silent Movies Made in Montecito

"WAY BACK WHEN" WEDNESDAY

Image: Camera Yearbook, 1919

Mollie of the Follies

 

This was one of two movies released by Santa Barbara's "Flying A" movie studio in February 1919. Mollie Malone is a dancer at a Coney Island carnival. She's in love with a guy and he loves her. But due to a case of mutual misunderstandings (where would movies be without misunderstandings?), they have a falling out and she leaves the carnival to marry another guy who she just met.

 

A series of mishaps happen (where would movies be without mishaps?), and they don't really get married, which is a good thing – his name is Chauncey. Really! Chauncey? In fact, Mollie ends up marrying the first guy, they open a delicatessen, and live happily ever after. Hold the mayo.

 

The Baltimore Sun described Mollie of the Follies as "a play of ginger and pep replete with novel thrills." 

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