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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, April 22, 1916

Ramona released April 5, 1916


There have been several versions of Ramona in sound and silent versions. On April 5, 1916, a silent movie version was released starring Adda Gleason and Monroe Salisbury. It was 14 reels, a length which was unusual at that time. In fact, one reviewer mistakenly wrote that it was directed by D.W. Griffith, because The Birth of a Nation had been a similar length.


The movie was filmed in multiple areas. "Locations . . . have been selected at San Diego, Santa Paula, Santa Barbara, San Clemente Island, in the San Fernando Valley, and at San Francisco . . . On San Clemente Island, unusual pictures were made in which the ten thousand goats grazing on the rocky island took part." – Moving Picture News, October 9, 1915


Good news – this movie does exist at the Library of Congress.


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