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