Movies Way Back When: Ashes of Vengeance

By Betsy J. Green

This movie starring Norma Talmadge was released on August 6, 1923. Much of the movie was filmed at the first Bellosguardo estate in Montecito. The movie is a historical drama that takes place in the 16th-century – a time when men wore tights and short pants, and women wore fancy dresses – even when it wasn’t Sunday.

Good news – this movie still exists can be viewed here:

Betsy’s Way Back When book — 1919 — is now available in local bookstores and at This is the sixth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at​.


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Betsy J. Green is a Santa Barbara historian and author. Her books are available in local bookstores, and at (Shop local if you can.) Learn more at

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