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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: Motion Picture Classic, July 1917

Cutting-edge Filming in Santa Barbara

Back in December 1916, Santa Barbara residents were witnessing movie technology on the ground floor in scenes such as this one which was probably shot on a local road. Beloved Rogues was the title of this film. It was released in January 1917. Only a fragment of this movie still exists.


On the right side of this photo, is a jalopy driven by the stars of the movie – the vaudeville comedy team named Kolb and Dill. On the left side, is a state-of-the-art (for that time) mobile filming unit. There is a cameraman, another man to his right who was probably the director, and in the back, there appears to be a man pedaling the wheeled platform on which the men and camera sit.

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