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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


Scene from The Roman

The Roman


This 1910 one-reel religious drama was the first movie to be filmed here. The Roman stars Hobart Bosworth who, despite his unwieldy name, was a respected stage actor who switched to silent movies because of voice problems. He plays the part of Spurious Maelius, another guy with a name problem. Believe it or not, Spurious is actually a good guy in this movie. Go figure!


This is one of the 60+ movies that I discovered in my research for a book about silent movies made in Montecito.

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