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

Behind the Scenes

A scene from "The Mexican's Faith." (Film Index, February 26, 1910)

Watch My Lips!

Ever wonder what the actors in silent films were really saying? Sometimes people who could read lips reported that the actors' conversations did not match the story at all. In 1910, the Essanay Film Company spent several months in Santa Barbara filming cowboy movies. Here's a rare example of the real dialog that a local reporter heard as the actors were filming a scene for The Mexican's Faith in 1910.

Smith: "Hello, Stick in the Mud. How're ye coming?"
Mexican: "Nix on the frijoles. Do you own this cheese-ranch around here?"
Smith: "Sure thing. Made it myself."
Mexican: "I want some work."
Smith: "The deuce you do. What'll you take?"
Mexican: "Thirty dollars."
Smith: "Too much."
Mexican: "Well, anything you give me then, you old tight."

– Santa Barbara Independent, January 5, 1910

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