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


Image: Exhibitors Herald, January 11, 1923

Happy Birthdate, Eugene O'Brien!


Silent film actor Eugene O'Brien was born on November 14, 1880, in Colorado. He appeared in more than 50 silent movies. In 1923, he costarred with Norma Talmadge in The Voice From the Minaret, directed by Frank Lloyd. Some scenes were filmed at a polo club in Montecito, California, which was rigged up to resemble a polo club in Bombay, India.


"Two stands, containing 18 boxes each, have been erected for the spectators. These are resplendent with vari-colored rugs and hangings, and with the Union Jack to lend the scene a Far Eastern glamour . . . The opening scene will be the arrival of the Governor-General of Bombay, accompanied by his wife (Norma Talmadge). The official party will be escorted by a troupe of Indian cavalry men to their box, which will be elaborate with Persian rugs and draperies." – Santa Barbara Morning Press, July 15, 1922


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