Movies Way Back When: Big Fight at “Flying A” Film Studio

By Betsy J. Green

Prize fighting was illegal in many places in the U.S. back in 1919, so it was easy to find audience members for the staging of this silent film.

“The American Film Company [‘Flying A’] is planning to stage a number of fast bouts for the benefit of the motion picture cameras . . . A large amphitheater to surround the ring is being constructed in the big glass studio . . . Ladies, as well as the men are included in the invitation.” The movie was “The Honey Bee.”

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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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