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


(Image: Paramount Book, 1917)

Happy Birthdate, Lehua Waipahu!


Well, that was not her real name. In fact, that name was only used for her appearance in The Bottle Imp, in which she costarred with Sessue Hayakawa in 1917. (That wasn't his real name either, but that's another story.) Anyway, Lehua was actually Margaret Loomis, who was born on May 27, 1893.


The movie takes place in Hawaii, and the studio claimed that it was filmed there as well. But guess what! That was also a bunch of "movie-magazine malarkey." Much of the filming was done at a mansion in Montecito, California.


The folks in Hawaii were not amused. "It is … claimed that 'the setting of the story is picturesque Hawaii' … The truth of these claims must be judged by the members of the audience." – News (Maui, Hawaii), September 17, 1917


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