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


Image: Motion Picture News, May 20, 1916

The Battle of Hearts

This silent movie was released on May 21, 1916. It was filmed on California's Santa Cruz Island and Santa Catalina Island. It's the familiar triangle theme involving a young woman and two young men who are vying for her attention. One is a fisherman, and the other is the son of a lighthouse keeper. There are exciting situations on the water and the rocky coastline, as the two young men compete for the young woman's affection.

However, it sounds like the behind-the-scenes events were even more exciting. "The misfortunes encountered in the filming . . . include a hurricane on Catalina Island, which [razed] a fishing village of 18 houses . . . The company then lost the boat Ruby, a two-masted schooner, and its crew of three men. Barges used to carry props to Catalina Island encountered heavy seas, and the property men and stage carpenters were at sea for 36 hours without food or shelter." – Motion Picture News, May 6, 1916

No copies are known to exist.

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