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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: Exhibitors Herald & Motography, July 19, 1919

Happy Birthdate, Clara Kimball Young!


September 6 is the birthdate of silent film star Clara Kimball Young in 1890. She started on the stage and switched to movies around 1910 when she signed with the Vitagraph studio. She appeared in more than 160 movies over her long career.


In 1919, she starred in The Better Wife, which was filmed at several of the million-dollar mansions in Montecito, CA. A newspaper in Montgomery, Alabama used the title of the movie in their advertising with ads such as, "The Better Wife uses a Hoover because it cleans by Shaking, Sweeping & Suction." (I rather doubt that the paper obtained permission from the movie studio to run this ad campaign.)

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