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Silent-Era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara (Images of America: California)

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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 K ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 2nd 2007 by Arcadia Publishing
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Oct 15, 2008 Greta rated it liked it
Released in a series of picture books devoted to local history, this book is a really nice history of the Flying A company, jam-packed with facts, names, and dates in its relatively brief text, and the pictures are great, if rather small (to fit the series format). A filmography or list of extant films would have been nice, but again, the constraint was probably the series format (and a film list can be found online at
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Robert S. Birchard is an award-winning film editor who brings an insider’s perspective and a great affection for the people who work in the picture business to his chronicles of the movies. He is the author of Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood, Early Universal City, Silent-era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara, and King Cowboy: Tom Mix and the Movies and a contributing writer to the omnibus volumes M-G-M Whe ...more
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