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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 Diamond From the Sky. (Motography, June 26, 1915

Hope Ranch Cliff Collapses


Dateline – May 1915

I hope that Santa Barbara's "Flying A" movie studio alerted the residents of the area about this. For an episode of the silent movie serial The Diamond From the Sky, a fight between hoboes and gypsies was staged on the beach below Hope Ranch. The gypsy camp on the beach is destroyed when one character pushes a rock down a mountainside.


"The cliff formation at the Hope Ranch beach served . . . and about 40 tons of earth were dynamited in order to get the . . . effect." – Santa Barbara Morning Press, May 11, 1915


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