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Way Back When in Santa Barbara, Mesa Memories, & Movies Way Back When

SILENTS IN MONTECITO

Image: Scene from For the Crown, from Moving Picture News, August 30, 1913

On September 8, 1913, the movie For the Crown was released. Santa Barbara's American Film Company, the "Flying A," filmed most of this two-reel historical costume drama at a big estate in Montecito, California.

 

The plot involved plenty of swordplay, a fair maiden who needed rescuing, and ended with the vanquishing of baddies. This film is one of 63 silents that were filmed in Montecito. It is considered "lost."

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