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Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, Behind the Scenes at the "Flying A," & Silents on the Islands


Image: Reel Life, April 24, 1915

Wife Wanted in Montecito

Miramar Beach on the coast at Montecito, California was the scene for Wife Wanted, a one-reel silent film released on April 28, 1915. (This is one of the few films made in this area that was not made in a million-dollar mansion.) Most of the scenes take place at this upscale beach resort.

He's a rich young guy in search of a wife. We know he's a rich guy because his last name is Fortune. That's easy to understand, but it's not clear why he needs to advertise for a wife. Naturally, he is flooded with replies and photos, including one from a mysterious young lady in a swimsuit who writes "Find Me."

He goes to Miramar Beach in Montecito where he dives off a pier and rescues a drowning woman in his spare time. In an amazing coincidence, Miramar is where the young lady is. (If you watch enough movies, you get used to amazing coincidences like this.)

This is another of the many films that are "lost."

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