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Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, Behind the Scenes at the "Flying A," Silents on the Islands, Way Back When: SB in 1924


Image: New York Public Library

Monkey Terrorizes Santa Barbara


Would you believe King Kong running down De la Vina Street in May 1917? "Monkey at Large" and "Vagrant Monkey" were headlines that we don't often see around here. "A good deal of consternation and something of fear were caused yesterday shortly before noon on De la Vina Street by a monkey at large . . . A frightened woman telephoned the police regarding the wild animal broken loose that was spreading fear among the women and children . . . several frantic women telephoned the police station to call out the reserves . . . a squad of officers hurried to the scene."


In the end, the much-feared animal was captured, but not with the usual array of law enforcement weaponry. All it took was – a bag of peanuts. "[The monkey] did not resist arrest at all, and seemed to be perfectly happy in being borne to the city bastille by the kindly officer, and at the station, it was made a great pet of by the members of the force . . . all of whom were tickled with the monkey's good nature and amusing ways. It was found later that the monkey was a pet . . . 'Caruso,' [is] a simian of talent and high degree that had played a 'star part' in the great ['Flying A'] picture, The Diamond from the Sky, made in this city two years ago."

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