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


Image: Film Index, April 29, 1911

In Old California When the Gringoes Came


The American Film Company, the "Flying A," settled in Santa Barbara, California in 1912, but there were other silent movie studios that filmed here before that. In fact, movies made by other film companies might have inspired the "Flying A" to move here.


In 1911, the Selig Polyscope studio filmed here, probably to use one or more of our adobe homes. I asked local adobe expert, John Woodward, about the adobe in the photo. He told me that it might be the Daniel Hill adobe on La Patera Lane in Goleta.


In Old California When the Gringoes Came takes place during the late 1840s when California became part of the United States, and concerns the story of an unscrupulous American guy who is trying to cheat a Spanish family of their estate.

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