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Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, and Silents on the Islands


Image: Picture Stories Magazine, February 1915

Happy Birthdate George B. Field!


Field was a ruggedly handsome silent-film actor who was born on March 18, 1877. He appeared in dozens of Santa Barbara's "Flying A" films from 1913 to 1916. Field had been a performer in live theater before his filming career. I hope he also had some acrobatic training, judging from this description of a scene in Alice of Hudson Bay.


"It is considered the greatest actual drop ever made before a motion picture camera. It was made from the top of the shale cliff up the Sycamore Canyon Road." In the movie, two men are fighting, and one falls over the edge of the cliff.


"Measurements later made showed that Field traveled 120 feet . . . Strange as it may seem, Field was not quite satisfied with the first fall and insisted on doing it over again . . . the worst of it was that he grabbed a blackberry bush on the way down and was pretty badly cut by the thorns." – Santa Barbara Morning Press, September 12, 1915


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