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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


A scene from The Law of God. (Motography, November 23, 1912)

A Cowboy Bites the Dust


An accident occurred while Santa Barbara's "Flying A" was filming a horse chase for the 1912 silent film The Law of God. The posse was chasing the bad guys in this scene. The cowboy actor leading the posse fell down and was lucky that he didn't get trampled.


"His horse stumbled and fell, pinning his rider's leg underneath, and slid about 15 feet on the down grade, dragging [the actor] with him. The other cowboys following had the presence of mind to guide their mounts to one side . . . [one] was so close behind that he was compelled to leap his horse over the forms of the fallen horse and [the actor]." – Motography, November 9, 1912


The actor had severe bruises on his face and head, but no bones were broken. The horse was tended to by a veterinarian.


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