Sirens of the Sea 1917
SIRENS OF THE SEA was filmed, in part, on Santa Cruz Island in 1917.
In the News~
October 7, 1917 [SBMP]: “How to feed 75 persons with no food available was the problem that recently confronted Allen Holubar, while directing the six-act Jewel super feature, Sirens of the Sea, now showing at the Potter Theatre three times daily. Most of the scenes of the picture were shot among the rocky fastness and inlets of the islands forming a group in the Santa Barbara channel about thirty miles from Santa Barbara. Everyday provisions for the cast of 1000 persons were brought by steam launch from Santa Barbara to the Holubar headquarters. Everything went well for two weeks until one day an accident befell the boat while tied to its docking place and the band of photo players on Santa Cruz Island were entirely forgotten. They did their best with the low stock of supplies that was on hand, apportioning it so that everyone had an equal share. That was on Monday morning, after an unusually heavy Sunday, when the boat did not make the island and Holubar became slightly perturbed on Tuesday when no boat or provisions put in an appearance. There were no means of communicating with Santa Barbara to learn what had happened to the provision boat, so Director Holubar suggested that a hunting expedition start out in an effort to solve the difficulties and appease the hunger of the workers. Jack Mullhall, leading man of the company, heartily took up Holubar’s suggestion and started out with a company of men players. Four hours later two wild boars and twelve rabbits [?] were brought to headquarters. The meat was barbecued and lasted until the following morning, when the supply boat showed. New arrangements were made to guard against a recurrence of the happening and the island was voted a good hunting ground…”
October 7, 1917 [SBMP]: “Sirens of the Sea is the title of the super six-act offering of Jewel Productions, Inc., which will have its premier at the Potter Theater today. This is said to be one of the most important and costly productions to come to the Potter in months and comes here straight from its unusually successful New York run. It employs a cast of 1000 persons, took six months to complete and was produced at a great output of money... A point of interest to the local people is that the water scenes which make Sirens of the Sea so beautiful were all taken at our islands in the channel. The company was quartered there for several weeks.”
August 19, 1917 [LAT]: “…’More things happened to the square inch in the making of Sirens of the Sea than any picture I have ever directed or acted in…’ Sirens of the Sea, one of the latest Universal features, was filmed for the most part on Santa Cruz Island… How to feed seventy-five persons with no food available was the problem that confronted Mr. Holubar during several days of the company’s stay on the island. Every day provisions were supposed to be sent across the channel from Santa Barbara, but one day a slight accident befell the steam launch bringing the provisions, a big windstorm set in, and for three days the Universal players were without food except such as they could find on the island…
October 3, 1917 [SBMP]: “Special interest is sure to be awakened at the coming of the Sirens of the Sea to the Potter Theatre, owing to the knowledge that the beautiful water scenes were photographed at the Channel Islands. A company of players were quartered there for many weeks and in that time many local people journeyed to the islands and were privileged to see them in action…”
October 5, 1917 [SBMP]: “Sirens of the Sea, the latest water picture beautiful, will be the attraction at the Potter Theatre… A note of special interest to the Santa Barbara people is that the water ‘stuff’ was all photographed at the Channel Islands. The company, headed by Carmel Myers, Louise Lovely and Jack Mullhall, were chartered there in company with the entire 2000 girls and boys who took parts of mermaids, gnomes, witches, dwarfs, diving Venuses, graceful beauties and diaphanously garbed dancing girls. Almost a month was spent in securing the wonderful effects. Allen Holubar was the director in charge.”