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Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, and Silents on the Islands

"WAY BACK WHEN" WEDNESDAY - 100 years ago this week

WAY BACK WHEN WEDNESDAY - 100 years ago this week, the "Flying A" film studio in Santa Barbara released a movie titled "Some Liar." Handsome hunk Bill Russell plays a fast-talking happy-go-lucky salesman who sells coffins. Huh? Well, if a movie studio were looking for a story that hadn't been done a million times before, this might have some appeal in the novelty department. Russell's main sales gimmick seems to be telling tall tales.

Of course, a young lady is involved, and the bigger the lies he tells, the more she likes him. Go figure! He gets tangled up in some of his fabrications, but somehow manages to manufacture a genuine romance.

"The plot in this production is improbable enough from any angle you want to consider it, but that does not keep it from supplying the structure for a first-rate comedy entertainment working up to some situations which may properly be termed novel." – "The Film Daily," May 11, 1919

(Image: Motion Picture News, May 24, 1919)

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