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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


Motography, March 18, 1916

Mae Murray, or Mae Rooned?


Dateline – March 1916

A silent movie crew filming To Have and to Hold off the shore of California's Santa Catalina Island lost the movie's leading actress for a while. "Mae Murray was left all night on a rock during a storm at Catalina . . . Now they call her 'Mae Rooned.'" – Motography, March 4, 1916


Here's how it happened:

"In two vessels, they went to Church Rock. Early in the afternoon, the sky began to look like rain, and Director George Melford decided upon a return to Avalon. Those in each vessel thought Miss Murray was in the other, and it was not until 8:00 that night, sometime after their arrival at Avalon, that they learned definitely that she had not left the rock with either party.

"Melford and Wallace Reid headed a rescue party in a launch . . . it was raining heavily, and they found Miss Murray vainly trying to obtain some shelter from the storm as she crouched by the side of the rock. She was so cold and wet and exhausted that they found it necessary to lash her to the skiff." – Moving Picture World, February 12, 1916


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