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


Image: Motion Picture News, November 29, 1919

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Lawsuit

It's hard to say who was the good guy and who was the bad guy in this case – both sides were pointing fingers at each other. In one corner was the golden girl of Santa Barbara's "Flying A" studio – Mary Miles Minter. In 1919, she had abruptly left the company, and was suing for $4,125 in back pay.

In the other corner was the general manager of the film company who stated sternly, "There is no salary due the young lady. We have paid her all she has coming." The situation sounded like the scenario for a "Flying A" movie with lots of exaggerated gestures and frowny faces. But certainly, it was the end of a beautiful friendship.

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