Movies Way Back When: "The Jilt" Filmed in Montecito

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Image: Motion Picture News, August 21, 1915
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By Betsy J. Green

Here’s a silent movie released by “Flying A” on August 16, 1915 that deals with a young woman from a well-to-do family who has a child out of wedlock, and then ends up marrying the father of the child, but not before a whole lot of unpleasant stuff goes down.

The plotline was so complicated, I had to make a chart to figure out who was doing what with whom. Pretty amazing that all of this was crammed into just two reels (about 20 minutes).

It was filmed at one of the million-dollar mansions in Montecito, as well as on the beach near some cliffs. "‘The Jilt,’ a magnificently photographed story, with locations in Montecito never before used." – Santa Barbara Morning Press, October 2,1915

Unfortunately, this is one of the many silent films that have not survived.

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Alexblue Aug 15, 2022 09:20 AM
Movies Way Back When: "The Jilt" Filmed in Montecito



Sometimes I like an L.A. vibe and sometimes I don't--nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there--that's why I live here.

My point is that all you people freaking out about a television show which in fact doesn't have a bit of impact on you, are totally ridiculous. Just like all the people who were no doubt freaking out about movies that were made here a hundred years ago.

Wah-wah-wah, bitter locs love to whine. You are entitled to your opinion, I'll continue to mock you for it. As long as we are both having fun, right?

bjgreen Aug 13, 2022 02:21 PM
Movies Way Back When: "The Jilt" Filmed in Montecito

Hey, Alex! If you think this movie had a weird theme, how about this? There were two silent movies filmed in Montecito about life after death. (Movies about the afterlife were common in the early 1920s as people tried to cope with all the deaths from World War I and the Spanish Flu.)

Alexblue Aug 13, 2022 01:11 PM
Movies Way Back When: "The Jilt" Filmed in Montecito

Go home LA kooks! SB for SB!! Making depraved movies like that will destroy Santa Barbara!

Oh, wait, that was a hundred years ago? And it didn’t destroy Santa Barbara?

Never mind.

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