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Silent-Era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara

Silent-Era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara

Robert S. Birchard

ISBN: 9780738547305

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Between 1910 and 1921, the American Film Company was one of the fledgling movie industrys most successful studios, with production facilities in Santa Barbara and business offices in Chicago. Nicknamed for its distinctive winged A logo, the Flying A produced nearly 1,200 films, starring such favorites of the day as Mary Miles Minter, J. Warren Kerrigan, Wallace Reid, and King Baggot. The companys rather patriotic motto invited patrons to See Americans first. The studios films also documented the picturesque and developing Pacific seaside community of Santa Barbara and served as a training ground for some of Hollywoods greatest directors, including Allan Dwan, Henry King, Victor Fleming, Frank Borzage, George Marshall, William Desmond Taylor, and Marshall Neilan.
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