The Secret of the Submarine 1916

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THE SECRET OF THE SUBMARINE was filmed, in part, on Santa Cruz Island in 1916.



In the News~

April 19, 1916 [SBMP]: “A shack has been built on top of a high cliff on Santa Cruz Island and most any time now it will be blown to pieces for a scene in The Secret of the Submarine, directed by George Sargent. The company will be engaged across the channel several days. Workmen were sent over with several hundred feet of lumber last week and as all this had to be conveyed to the top of the cliff, they had an unusual task on their hands. Tom Chatterton and Juanita Hansen figure in this stirring scene.”


April 20, 1916 [SBMP]: “Yesterday Captain Ira K. Eaton came over from Pelican Bay with a number of Flying A actors who had just finished their work on scenes for the play, The Secret of the Submarine. The captain returned to the island last evening.”


April 22, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain George Gourley and a number of the American Film Company actors came over from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday after the finish of a very exciting set of scenes for the play, The Secret of the Submarine. These scenes included the special work of J. Keith, a famous surf swimmer, and a most notable feature was the blowing up with dynamite of a house built on a high cliff for the purpose of destruction. This detail illustrated in a forceful manner the liberal expenditure of labor and money by the American Film Company in the production of scenes of intensely interesting realism. The carrying of the lumber for the erection of that house on its elevated position was in itself a big task, but there is no limit in work or cost on an American picture that promises a satisfactory hit. The blowing up of this house was pronounced by those who saw it one of the most remarkable scenes they had ever witnessed.”


April 26, 1916 [SBMP]: “Some unusual stunts were done at Santa Cruz Island for The Secret of the Submarine, and still photos secured by Faxon Dean are exceptional. One shows the house on the cliff after it had been dynamited. It was caught toppling down the cliff-side. Another shown Al Thompson making a leap over a precipice sixty-five feet high. This was not a regular dive. Thompson struck the water below, but was unhurt.”


April 26, 1916 [SBDN]: “Ulpiano Larco made a catch of 400 pounds of rock bass with set lines yesterday. A fisherman from the Flying A company, who was out three hours, brought in the biggest catch of the year for the time he was fishing yesterday afternoon. He was lucky enough to have several of the Flying A men at the wharf as he came in with his string. They were there to take part in the work of filming the ship explosion for The Secret of the Submarine.”


April 26, 1916 [SBDN]: “The good ship What-you-call-it was blown up in the channel yesterday afternoon just before sunset. The whole day had been spent in rigging the yacht and getting the dummy figures on deck where they would be seen best before the camera. The explosion threw up part of the deck, but did not sink the ship, while two of the four men on the boat, spectators said, paid no attention whatever to the big blow as the force of it was spent before it reached them. The other dummies were thrown some fifteen feet in the air, giving a mighty good illustration of what happens when the big ships go down at sea. The picture was taken for use in the serial, The Secret of the Submarine.”