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


Image: Film Fun, December 1917

Dodo Newton is a Hit

The "Flying A" silent movie Soul Mates was released on May 8, 1916. It takes place on the East Coast, but was filmed at the Casa Buenaventura – one of the million-dollar estates in Montecito, California.

This movie should have been called Married, But Not to Each Other, or maybe Sour Mates. It's all about infidelity and suicide, and a six-year-old Santa Barbara girl had a part. Hopefully, they kept her in the dark about the film's theme.

"Little Dodo Newton, the clever girl who is well-known and loved by many in Santa Barbara, will please many of her friends by her work in "Soul Mates" . . . She plays a strong-boy part through the five reels." – Santa Barbara Daily News & Independent, July 24, 1916

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