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


Image: Reel Life, May 8, 1915

Gondolas in Montecito, CA


Montecito was a stand-in for scenes in Europe in a silent movie about a wealthy young American man with plenty of time and money on his hands. He is ready for adventure – especially if it involves an attractive young woman. This "Flying A" film – The Lure of the Mask – was released on May 17, 1915.


Several locations in Montecito were used, including the Crocker-Sperry Ranch known as "Las Fuentes." The site of this ranch is now the Birnam Wood Golf Club.


"The reservoir at the Crocker-Sperry Ranch in Montecito will be used for a Venetian scene . . . A crew of workmen yesterday afternoon took out a bunch of specially prepared scenery and placed this in such a manner that the desired effect will be secured. Gondolas will also be employed to add the truer atmosphere." – Santa Barbara Morning Press, February 27, 1915


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