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

Behind the Scenes at the "Flying A"

Image: A scene from The Diamond From the Sky. (Reel Life, August 7, 1915)

A Misbehaving Monkey


A monkey was featured in Santa Barbara's "Flying A" silent movie The Diamond From the Sky but, unfortunately, this was a monkey with attitude. "He was not inclined to be friendly, in fact a few fingers have been bitten in the attempt to educate him to the film game."


Fortunately, the "Flying A" actor who would be performing with the monkey, knew how to speak monkey, or something. The actor said, "he does not believe there is a monkey in the world that he cannot make friends with. As soon as the two were introduced [the actor] started some sort of outlandish gibberish that the monkey seemed to understand or at least take interest in. The two have become great friends, but the monkey's attitude towards others has not changed." – Santa Barbara Morning Press, September 9, 1915


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