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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: Motography, September 28, 1912

An Unplanned Stunt Behind the Scenes

In 1912, Santa Barbara's "Flying A" was at its temporary location in an old ostrich farm at State and Islay streets. Enter some local electricians who were just trying to do their job. Unfortunately, no one explained that to the "Flying A" guard dog. And, apparently, no one told the electricians about the dog, or that the dog took her job very seriously. What happened next seems like it was a scene from a silent movie. Too bad no one had the camera running.

The local paper wrote, "The debonair electricians approached and started to go through the corral. With a yelp and a bound, the collie appeared on the scene. Her eyes were glaring, and she meant business."

The electricians all took a flying leap to the top of the high wooden fence. The noise attracted the "Flying A" folks who managed to explain the situation to the dog, and to the electricians, and everyone calmed down. Fortunately, this story had a happy ending.

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