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Movies have been filmed around the Channel Islands since the development of the silent film industry shortly after the turn of the century. Films through the 1920s were silent.


West of the West Sam Tyler, Peter Seaman, Brent Sumner 2016 exists

Driven. A Glimpse Inside the World of Marathon Swimming. A film by Ben Pitterle and Brian Hall. Features 13-year-old Fiona Goh and her Anacapa Island swim. Elements Productions 2013 [DVD in SCIF archives]

Underwater Warrior Metro Goldwyn Mayer 1956 exists

Sea Wolf (film) Hobart Bosworth Productions Company 1913 unknown
Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 exists

From the 1920s through the mid 1940s movies were filmed close to Hollywood, due to lack of easy transportation. Thus many films that required "tropical" backgrounds were shot on Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California. It was here, in Two Harbors, that films such as the original "Mutiny on the Bounty," "Old Ironsides," "Treasure Island," "King of Kings," "Captain Blood," "Rain," "Count of Monte Cristo," "Captain's Courageous," "Hurricane," The Sea Hawk," "The Ten Commandments," and "Ebb Tide" were filmed. More movies were filmed at the Isthmus than anywhere, other than Hollywood, during that time.

Shanghaied 1909 unknown
Man's Genesis film by director D. W. Griffith. One of the first films made on Catalina. 1912 unknown
The Sea Wolf 1913 unknown
Valley of the Moon 1914 unknown
The Sea Nymphs 1914 unknown
Young Romance 1915 unknown
A Submarine Pirate 1915 unknown
Civilization 1915 unknown
Treasure of the Sea Metro All-Star Series 1918 unknown
Terror Island aka The Honor of the Family starring Harry Houdini; directed by Colin Campbell 1920 unknown
The Corsican Brothers starring Dustin Farnum; directed by James Cruze 1920 unknown
Leap Year starring Roscoe Arbuckle; co-directed by James Cruze 1921 unknown
The Ten Commandments directed by Cecile B. DeMille 1923 unknown
The Navigator filmed by Buster Keaton 1924 unknown
The Vanishing American 1924 unknown
Feet of Clay 1924 exists
The Sea Hawk 1924 exists
Ben Hur 1925 unknown
Half a Man Half a Man 1925
The Black Pirate with Douglas Fairbanks 1926 unknown
Old Ironsides (Two Harbors) S. N. Castle burned for film 1926 unknown
Sadie Thompson with Gloria Swanson 1928
Island of Lost Souls starring Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi 1932 unknown
Bird of Paradise 1932
Rain 1932 unknown
Zane Grey's South Sea Adventure 1932 Sol Lesser
The Son of Kong 1933
Count of Monte Cristo 1934
Treasure Island with Wallace Beery 1934 unknown
Mutiny on the Bounty starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable 1935 exists
Murder on a Honeymooon starring Edna May Oliver 1935 unknown
Pirate Party on Catalina Isle 1935 unknown
Captain Blood 1935 unknown
Captain Calamity 1936 unknown
Captains Courageous 1937 unknown
Ebb Tide 1937 unknown
The Hurricane 1937 unknown
You're Only Young Once starring Mickey Rooney 1937 unknown
Isle of Destiny 1939 WATCH
Guadalcanal Diary 1943
Adventure with Clark Gable 1945 exists
The Sea Hounds with Buster Crabbe 1947
Neptune's Daughter with Esther Williams, Red Skelton and Ricardo Montalban 1949 exists
All Ashore with Mickey Rooney 1950s unknown
Crimson Pirate with Burt Lancaster 1952
All Ashore with Mickey Rooney and Dick Haymes 1953
Summer Children directed by James Bruner 1965
The Glass Bottom Boat with Doris Day 1966 exists
Catalina Caper starring Tommy Kirk 1967
Night of the Squid Jacques Cousteau director 1970 exists
Bless the Beasts and the Children starring Bill Mumy; Stanley Kramer, director 1971 exists
Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway 1974 exists

How Algy Captured a Wild Man Selig Motion Picture Company 1911 unknown
Calamity Anne's Dream Flying A Studios 1913 unknown
The Quest Flying A Studios 1915 unknown
Heart of my Heart Alhambra Motion Pictures DeLuxe 1915 unknown
Undine (pic) Universal 1915 unknown
Diamond from the Sky Flying A Studios 1915 unknown
Out of the Darkness Flying A Studios 1915 unknown
Pearl of Paradise (pic) Harry Pollard Productions 1916 unknown
Put Out the Darkness Flying A Studios 1916 unknown
The Game of Hearts (pic) Fox 1916 unknown
Secret of the Submarine Flying A Studios 1916 unknown
Lillo of the Sulu Seas Flying A Studios 1916 unknown
Smugglers of Santa Cruz Flying A Studios 1916 unknown
A Gamble in Souls Ince-Triangle 1916 unknown
Betty and the Buccaneers Flying A Studios 1917 unknown
Sirens of the Sea 1917 unknown
The Bottle Imp Jesse L. Lasky (Paramount) 1917 unknown
The Fighting Trail Vitagraph Company 1917 unknown
The Midnight Man Universal 1917 unknown
The Curse of Eve Corona Cinema Company 1917 unknown
Vengeance—And the Woman Vitagraph Company 1917 unknown
The Woman in the Web Vitagraph Company 1918 unknown
Adam and Eve 1918 unknown
A Modern Lorelei 1918 unknown
Male and Female Lasky Studio 1919 exists
The Isle of Intrigue Metro 1919 unknown
Temple of the Sea 1920s unknown
Temple of Venus (pic) Fox Film Company 1923 unknown
Peter Pan (pic) Lasky Company 1924 exists
Follies of Vanity Fox Film Company 1925 unknown
The Blue Eagle aka The Devil's Master Fox Film Company 1926 exists
The Rescue Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1929 exists
Santa Cruz Island Unidentified Remains Unsolved Mysteries 1990 exists

Shipwreck of the Aggi 1915 unknown

In the News~

June 6, 1912 [SBMP]: “The successful outcome of the recent attempt to picture the Santa Cruz Island seal in their native haunts and in the process of capture, has encouraged the Pacific Motion Picture Company to extend their effort, and to secure a general island film, perhaps 3000 feet in length, and including scenery as well as action. Such advices have come to Captain George McGuire, who is associated with Captain Rosaline Vasquez in sealing operations. Captain Vasquez on the schooner Gussie M, superintended the operations of the picture company at the island last month when sealing views were taken. Word has just come from Los Angeles that the films are of extraordinary merit, and the company is anxious to complete the series. Arrangements have been made for the second cruise next week, at which time the camera will be able to catch sheep round-up and shearing in full operation. Wine making will also be illustrated. W. H. Clifford, the president of the company, who is also the scenario writer, will accompany the troop.”

June 18, 1912 [SBI]: “William H. Clifford, president of the Pacific Coast Motion Picture Company and D. Daniels, manager of the company, returned Monday from the islands where they have been with Captain Vasquez in his boat, Gussie M, taking pictures of seals. While on this last trip they took over 2,000 feet of films. They have completed a series of pictures which show the seal from its babyhood to the time it is captured by the hunter. Three trips to the islands have been necessary to get the films.”

June 21, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Vasquez of the Gussie M sailed this morning for the islands with a handsome gold watch presented to him by the manager of the Pacific Coast Moving Picture Company. The company has for the last six months used Captain Vasquez’s boat to carry its picture-making machines to and around the islands while pictures of seals and island scenery were being taken. The manager considers the pictures among the best yet procured and presented the watch as proof of the value he placed on the Captain’s part of the work.”

May 25, 1913 [SBMP]:Otter takes movies. Captain Vasquez of the steamer Otter will take a party of Los Angeles people to his tent city camp on Santa Cruz Island this morning. His party includes Big Otto, the manager of Selig Motion Pictures, Animal Farm of Eastlake Park, Los Angeles, also Lazard H. Lippman and son of Los Angeles. They will remain on the island camping for a week or more.”

June 17, 1913 [SBMP]: “Speedy launch takes camera men on island cruise. One of the speediest launches that ever came into the Santa Barbara Harbor arrived late yesterday afternoon, with a party of motion picture men aboard. The launch is from San Pedro and en route stopped at Santa Barbara Island. Today Santa Cruz Island will be visited. This port will be headquarters for the expedition during its channel operations. Pictures are being taken of the island scene for the Pather Weekly. Charles Davis, a nature student, and until recently special office for the Santa Barbara Humane Society, is aboard as a guide.”

August 24, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Vasquez sailed this morning for Santa Cruz Island on the Otter with members of the Flying A, who go to take scenes not obtainable elsewhere. They particularly wish to secure the romantic waterfall pictures. There are a number of highly effective waterfalls on the island, which will make splendid setting for stories which the Flying A is to film. It is also stated that they will film a Robinson Crusoe skit while away.”

August 26, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The Santa Barbara Motion Picture company’s actors left yesterday for Santa Cruz Island, where Henry Otto will direct a primitive play. Mrs. Harley Shafer and her daughter, Miss Margaret Shafer, accompanied the party, which will be gone three days.”

August 27, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Harry Pollard, one of the directors of the Flying A company, made pictures at Castle Rock and on the channel close to shore this afternoon. A company of the Santa Barbara film companies actors are making regular trips into the channel and to the islands on the Otter, for pictures of ocean and wild coasts.”

August 30, 1914 [SBMP]: “Instead of remaining at Santa Cruz Island but three days, Henry Otto, director of the Santa Barbara Motion Picture Company, has decided to remain longer with his group of players. The Otter returned here yesterday for more provisions. It is believed Mr. Otto has decided the situation is so unusual that he will take advantage of it for more pictures than he originally planned.”

October 26, 1914 [SBDNI]: “To shoot wild boars and hunt fish for a few days, ten young men from the Santa Barbara Motion Picture Company left yesterday in the powerboat Otter, Captain Vasquez, for Santa Cruz Island, to be gone part of this week. A party of eight trained nurses took the ride across the channel, returning with the boat in the afternoon.”

October 27, 1914 [SBDNI]: “After passing several days on Santa Cruz Island, rusticating, catching fish, shooting at quail, wild boars, and other ‘varmints’ in season, and generally experiencing a Robinson Crusoe life, ten players and mechanical department employees of the Santa Barbara Motion Picture Company, are back on the job today, having returned last evening from the island, to which they went Sunday.”

November 3, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Movie people are now very busy filming Santa Barbara scenery. Everyone was extremely busy at the Flying A studio last week… After passing four or five days at Santa Cruz Island last week, Director Scott R. Beal, Assistant Director Everitt Shallenberger, and several other notables of the Santa Barbara studio, are back on the job again… Captain Vasquez of the powerboat Otter took the movie men over, and treated them right royally, virtually turning over to them the key to his camp…”

March 4, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday Captain Ira K. Eaton returned to Santa Cruz Island in the Sea Wolf, taking a company of motion picture actors bent on capturing some of the incomparable scenery of the island for a photoplay.”

March 4, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A party of motion picture players is at Santa Cruz Island today, using the incomparable scenery as settings for a photoplay. The actors and actresses were taken over yesterday by Captain Ira K. Eaton in his launch, the Sea Wolf.”

March 5, 1915 [SBMP]: “Actors return to island. Captain Ira K. Eaton went to Santa Cruz Island yesterday morning, taking back there a company of Santa Barbara actors who he had brought back from the island the evening before, after a day spent there to work on a photoplay.”

May 9, 1915 [SBMP]:Otter busy… Today the boat is at Valdez Harbor with a party of twenty-five of the Flying A people who started over at a late hour last night and will return this evening.”

May 11, 1915 [SBMP]: “The Flying A boys who went to the island in the Otter last Saturday night, returned at 4 o’clock P.M. on the following day, having had a royal good time at Valdez Cave and in the surrounding country on a wild boar hunt. As a trophy of their chase, they brought home an immense old boar, with tusks seven inches long, the monster having been shot by a member of the party.”

June 1, 1915 [SBDNI]: “In order to make use of the island’s unsurpassed scenery as backgrounds for a photoplay, the Kalem Film Company of Los Angeles, today made arrangements with B. Hilbing, business agent of the powerboat Otter, to take a party of motion picture artists to Santa Cruz Island a week from today. The movie people will make the newly-established camp at Fry’s Harbor their headquarters.”

August 21, 1915 [SBMP]: “Tom Ricketts is preparing for his next Mutual masterpiece, which will be an unusual smuggling story with Harold Lockwood, May Allison as the principals. Nearly all of this will be taken at the sea. Mr. Ricketts expects to be at Santa Cruz Island for an entire week with his players. Use will also be made of the Point Conception lighthouse. There will be a number of sensations, such as a shipwreck and a buoy explosion, and the close is to be a more artistic piece of work.”

October 12, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday afternoon Captain Ira K. Eaton left for Santa Rosa Island waters after a load of fish, the morning hours having been devoted by the boat and her skipper to posing for a scene in a nautical picture by Flying A Company.”

November 17, 1915 [SBMP Flying A Notes]: “William Russell and other players under the direction of Donald McDonald have been at the Point Conception lighthouse the last two days working around the lighthouse for a three-reel clipper, Across the Sunset Sea. Scenes for this were also made at Santa Cruz Island. The players returned to the city last evening.”

November 28, 1915 [SBMP]: “Harold Lockwood and other players, under the direction of Donald MacDonald, spent several days at Santa Cruz Island last week on Lillo of the Sunset Sea, a three-reeler written by Kenneth B. Clarke.

April 7, 1916 [SBDN]: “William Farnum, director of 30 actors of the Fox Motion Picture Company of Los Angeles, and Sidney D. Gray, formerly with the old Santa Barbara Motion Picture Company, sailed for Santa Cruz Island today, aboard Captain Eaton’s launch to film a marine picture. Harry Pollard and his company of 30 are already on the island, making over 60 actors now colonizing Eaton’s camp. Pollard has just taken over additional actors. He was here last evening. ‘We are taking the finest pictures that were ever filmed, I really believe,’ said the director. ‘There is no other place on the globe where pictures can be excel those offered by the rugged scenery of Santa Cruz Island.’ Captain Eaton will tomorrow take over a party of American players for a brief visit, just to snatch a few pictures in completing a film. The American discovered the islands as a paradise for the motion picture artist.”

December 24, 1916 [LAT]: “The ‘mistaken identity’ story, written so often of photoplay folk and their doings has, it is claimed, become taboo, but Director Walter Edwards of the Ince-Triangle forces tells us one which he stoutly avers is true. It concerns an incident that happened during the recent filming of A Gamble in Souls, the Triangle-Kay-Bee play by Lannier Bartlett, starring William Desmond and Dorothy Dalton. The story is of a minister and a girl who survive a shipwreck and are cast up on shore in the middle of the Pacific. The pictures were taken on Santa Cruz Island. Garbed in rags and tatters becoming their unfortunate plight, Mr. Desmond and Miss Dalton were wandering along the shore, waiting the coming of the director and cameraman. At the same time, the captain of a small coastwise vessel was surveying the horizon with his glasses. He caught sight of the two film stars and, as he afterward asserted, believed them to be veritable castaways, and began preparations to send out a small boat to their rescue. Then Edwards and the cameraman put in an appearance and the well-meaning captain, seeing that all was well—returned thanks? No, he did not. He cussed!”

January 19, 1917 [SBMP]: “In the teeth of a southeast gale, Captain Ira Eaton started out for Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday afternoon about 2:30 with a company of fifteen moving picture actors in quest of scenery and ‘locations.’ The actor folk represented the Corona Cinema Company of Los Angeles, headed by ‘Scotty’ Beale, son of Louise Hester, and formerly well known here… The strongest impelling force that the company had for starting on this voyage in a storm was the fact that several members of the same company were already at Pelican Bay, where they have been for about a week, and it was felt by the others that they must join them with new stocks of provisions.”

January 27, 1917 [SBMP]: “’Scotty’ Beale’s party of Corona Cinema players returned yesterday from Santa Cruz Island in Captain Ira Eaton’s Sea Wolf, after a ten days’ professional stay. They made the out-bound trip in the face of a heavy gale, but suffered no inconvenience. The return voyage was made delightful. The party went to Los Angeles later in the day.”

April 13, 1917 [SBDN]: “A taste of the back to nature doctrine is being given a company of Los Angeles motion picture people, who this morning embarked aboard boats for Santa Cruz Island to film many scenes connected with a feature production. The party arrived in Santa Barbara last night from Universal City in charge of Director L. F. Reynolds. Miss Myrtle Gonzales, one of the stars of the Universal, headed the cast of principals. The party remained overnight at the Arlington hotel and early this morning made preparations for the start to the island. The company carries a large mountain of baggage and mechanical equipment for the pitching of camp on the island during the time consumed in making the picture.”

April 24, 1917 [TI/Avalon]: “Featuring William Farnum in When Men See Red, a company of the Fox Film Company is expected here Thursday, to remain for several days at the Hotel Hermosa. Under the directorship of Frank Lloyd, a number of local scenes will be taken. The film promises to be one of the best yet produced by the Fox Company. Louis H. Sherer was here Monday to make the preliminary arrangements.”

May 1, 1917 [TI/Avalon]: “William Farnum intends to leave New York as soon as the film When Men See Red is completed. He’s planned to spend July and August in Avalon. He is one of the most expert and enthusiastic rod men who visit this angling center, and he has taken all the varieties of game fish while angling from the launch Ruth, Captain I. L. Newberry.”

May 26, 1917 [SBMP]: “Yesterday morning Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf, bringing over 15 members of Director Sturgis' company of American Film actors who had spent five days on the island and had worked a great deal of the picturesque island coast for a new picture show in the making, most of the scenes being laid between Valdez Cave and Pelican Bay. A contingent of 30 people from the Universal Film Company of Los Angeles will go to the island with Captain Eaton tomorrow on the same kind of business bent. From June 10 to July 15 a company of 15 people, headed by Henry Otto, formerly of the Flying A and now a director in the Marine film company of Los Angeles, will encamp at Pelican Bay for work on a big picture.”

May 26, 1917 [SBDN]: “Captain Ira Eaton, skipper of the Sea Wolf, returned to Santa Barbara yesterday with a company of moving picture actors from the American studios who have been spending the past five days on Santa Cruz Island taking scenes for a screen production. The rugged coastline from Valdez Cave to Pelican Bay was used in the various locations. Captain Eaton expects to take a company of 30 from the Universal Studios in Los Angeles to the island tomorrow. The diversities of scenery make the place an ideal rendezvous for the various movie companies and several different directors have made plans for visiting the place this summer.”

June 17, 1917 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton came over from Pelican Bay yesterday afternoon accompanied by F. J. Leary, business manager of the Universal Film Company, who has a company of nearly 70 people on the island engaged on a big marine picture. The trip to the mainland was for the purpose of allowing Mr. Leary to get his headquarters on the wire for a report of progress and to give the commissary department of the island camp a replenishment. The captain and his passenger list and cargo will return to the camp this morning.”

June 18, 1917 [SBDN]: “The Universal Film Company has about 70 actors still on Santa Cruz Island, under the direction of F. J. Leary. Leary came across the channel Saturday with Captain Ira Eaton to contract for a large amount of camp supplies.”

July 13, 1917 [SBDNI]: “The Marine Film Company returned Monday from Santa Cruz Island to Los Angeles. The company has been producing a number of sea films at the island. There are now no film companies on Santa Cruz, as the Universal returned several weeks ago to Los Angeles.”

September 7, 1917 [SBMP]: “Henry Otto, who has had a company of moving picture actors in camp on Santa Cruz Island for the past two weeks, sent his scout boat over to the mainland yesterday morning for a new supply of the material comforts of camp life. All of his people are reported well and progressing favorably with a picture on which Mr. Otto is working as an independent producer.”

January 26, 1918 [Motography, p. 171]: “Spend Ten Days on Wild Island. William Duncan, star and director of the Vitagraph serial “Vengeance—and the Woman,” celebrated the holidays by retaking scenes by day for two later episodes of the serial and cutting scenes by night. Notwithstanding the cold weather and the fact the company lived in tents, many beautiful scenes were taken during a sojourn of ten days at Santa Cruz Islands [sic], off southern California. While there, Carol Holloway and Mr. Duncan jumped from a fifty-foot cliff on a horse's back into the sea. This thrill is but one of the many which appear in the tenth episode.”

February 15, 1919 [SBMP]: “Bernard Fish, representative of the Goldwyn Moving Picture Company of Los Angeles, was in town yesterday. While here, Fish met his old friend, Charles Newton of the Mission Theatre. Newton has made arrangements to show in Santa Barbara The Border Legion, scenes of which were taken at Painted Cave.”

March 6, 1919 [SBDN]: “Mrs. Ira K. Eaton sailed for Santa Cruz Island this morning in the Sea Wolf, going to prepare camp at Pelican Bay for a party of 30 members of the Fox Film Company, who are coming up from Los Angeles to spend a week or more filming pictures.”

May 17, 1919 [SBMP]: “The Fox Company players will for the next few weeks make Santa Cruz their headquarters while they film important South Sea views there in imitation of the island of Tahiti.”

May 19, 1919 [SBDN]: “…All camping privileges on Santa Cruz [Island] have been leased from the Santa Cruz Island Company by Captain Eaton, according to the statement of Alonzo L. Swain, superintendent for the company, and campers’ permits are to be obtained from him… The beach at Fry’s Harbor, one of the most beautiful of the miniature harbors of Santa Cruz Island, is now being transformed into a tropical beach by the Lasky Motion Picture Company. Palm trees, bamboo, luxurious vegetation of all kinds has been brought there and is being transplanted to give the beach every appearance of a cannibal isle, which will figure prominently in a picture now being produced by the Lasky Company. Cecile DeMille’s company will spend three weeks at the harbor as soon as the work is completed making scenes for the picture on which they now are working.”

June 21, 1919 [LAT]: “Santa Cruz Island, at least a portion of it, has literally been changed in all but name since the arrival of the Famous Players Lasky Corporation to take scenes for the Admiral Crichton, the big picture production of the famous Barrie play. The film folk are busy shooting the scenes of the shipwreck, which forms so important a part of this unusual drama. Elaborate sets have been built to add realism to the location, in addition to strengthening the illusion of tropical verdure. The company will be busy for another week on their location. The scenes will require a longer time than originally anticipated, because of the difficulties encountered. In the first place the trip to the island was stormy, and landing proved troublesome business. After the sets had been erected a high windstorm wrought havoc for a day, but by spirited effort the large force of assistants that Mr. DeMille took with him managed to repair the damage quickly so that the filming of the scenes might be started. An unusually large company was taken to the islands by Mr. DeMille. Gloria Swanson is the star, with Tom Meighan as leading man. Other popular picture people in the play are Lila Lee, Mildred Reardon, Theodore Roberts and Raymond Hatton. Jesse L. Lansky, first vice-president of the film corporation, spent a day on the island, and returned sunburned but satisfied with the results.”

June 27, 1919 [SBMP]: “The yacht Rheingold from San Pedro left this port for Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, yesterday afternoon. The Rheingold, which has been chartered by the Lasky Company in connection with the pictures being filmed at the islands, makes frequent trips to Santa Barbara for supplies.”

June 30, 1919 [LAT]: “Of all the nature-conquering contrivances known to mankind, the submarine is unlisted as among the possessions of Cecil B. DeMille, director-general of Famous Players Lasky. DeMille has just purchased a seagoing vessel, combination sailing and powerboat, that struck his fancy while filming the screen adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s Admirable Crichton on the tropical isle into which Santa Cruz Island has been transformed. When DeMille and his company of artists repaired to picturesque Santa Cruz Island on location, a trim craft was hired to make daily trips between the scene of the shooting and the laboratory at the Famous Players Lasky studios. So impressed was DeMille with the sixty-footer that he set about making it his own…”

October 2, 1919 [LAT]: “…some of the big plans which the Fox Company has for the future… Miss White will do two stories in the West, one The Tiger’s Club, by George Potter and another by Hiram Perry Maxim, which will be done on Santa Cruz Island. It seems that Mr. Maxim was so great an admirer of Miss White’s that he wrote the play especially for her.”

March 25, 1920 [LAT]: ‘Like a voice from another world comes the announcement that a character conceived by Jack London during his lifetime is to be given substance and body in the form of screen characterization and story. As is entirely fitting, this embodiment is to be accomplished by his widow, Charmian London, and as a further touch of fittingness, she is to be assisted in her labors by the writer’s friend and pal, Hobart Bosworth. In fact, Mrs. London and Mr. Bosworth have already finished their work of collaboration on the writing, and Mr. Bosworth is about to begin work on the picturization of the story for the J. Parker Read Productions, out at the Ince studio… The story is a vivid and colorful tale of the South Sea Islands, and Mr. Read will spare no expense in making the production noteworthy. The entire company will shortly embark for Santa Cruz Island, where scenes will be made. Two large ocean-going schooners will be part of the properties, and whole villages will be erected…”

April 19, 1920 [SCICo]: “I have sold the moving picture people 600 lineal feet of young eucalyptus trees @1/2 cent per lineal foot. They did their own cutting and hauling using our teams for which I charged them $5/day and they supplied the drivers. These trees were from 1 to 4 inches in diameter. The schooner is now hauling these to Cueva Valdez @ $75/day...”

April 26, 1920 [SCICo]: “Sunday April 18th the schooner unloaded a cargo of movie props at Cueva Valdez which she had been unable to unload before because of weather conditions. Monday April 19th the schooner hauled eucalyptus poles to Cueva Valdez.”

July 27, 1920 [LAT]: “Earthquake helps. Russell Simpson, who is portraying the title role in Goldwyn’s adaptation of Black Pawl, has gone to Santa Cruz for the purpose of filming the ‘storm at sea’ scenes for production. Reports from Reginald Barker from the island yesterday were to the effect that the earthquake had caused a young tidal wave, and they were getting plenty of stormy sea. They will return early next week to resume filming of interior acts at the studio.”

August 21, 1921 [LAT]: “In my Hobart Bosworth productions of the South Seas (note also the Cecil DeMille production of Barrie’s Admirable Crichton) Santa Cruz and Catalina Islands sufficed.”

August 10, 1922 [LAT]: “’Thelma’ begins to live on celluloid. While her Viking father started on his last voyage in the high-prowed craft of those ancient mariners, amid the raging seas which separate the wild and rugged island of Santa Cruz from the mainland, Jane Novak cruised nearby, in a modern, luxurious yacht. With the filming of the picturesque Viking scenes, and the life of ‘Thelma’ amid the luxuries of the English aristocracy, began the production of Jane Novak’s ideal story, the romance by Marie Corelli. Affording the necessary locations for the reproduction of the land of the midnight sun, the barren island of Santa Cruz has been the home of Viking voyagers for the past week. With the return of the company to the studios, Chester Bennett, the producer, immediately set about the filming of the picturesque interiors of Thelma’s Norwegian home.”

November 23, 1922 [ODC]: “Mack Sennett, motion picture comedy producer, is spending a vacation on Santa Cruz Island. He has a camp at Pelican Bay and is enjoying the scenery and island life with 12 other movie people. The party went to the island on the yacht Edris that Sennett purchased from Tom Ince, another noted motion picture producer. It is stated that the movie people went out there decidedly for a rest, but it is thought some scenes will be taken while the party is on the island.”

Several movies have been filmed at Catalina Harbor, dating back to the turn of the century. The most notable film was the 1926 production of Old Ironsides, were the south point of the Harbor (near Pin Rock) was turned into the port of Tripoli with the construction of giant sets. Several of this films left behind the burned out and blown up hulks used in the making of the movie. There are at least six known wrecks in Cat Harbor. www.cawreckdivers.org/CatHarbor.htm Wrecks at Inner Catalina Harbor (Isthmus): Ning Po; Palmyra; Margaret C.; Charles F. Crocker

July 6, 1937 [LAT]: “If Paramount Pictures wants to film a spectacular dive of a man from the top of Ribbon Rock at Santa Catalina Island into the blue waters of the Pacific 250 feet below, they will have to use a dummy or fake it. That is, if Harry Field, president of the Divers Club, has his way about it. Yesterday Field served the studio with a copy of a protest dispatched to the Board of Supervisors asking that official action be taken to prevent the stunt. His letter contends that such a plunge would prove fatal. He pointed to the results of a dive made recently by a stunter from the San Francisco bridge which is just a bit higher that the site of the proposed movie dive. Such a scene is written in the script for Ebb Tide, which James Hogan is directing. In all probability he will heed warnings of the hazard involved and use other means to achieve the same effect.”