Movies Way Back When: A Diplomatic Mission
By Betsy J. Green
Santa Barbara’s “Flying A” studio was not the only film company making movies in this area. In 1918, Vitagraph Studios used the Gillespie estate in Montecito as the location for a movie set in the South Seas during World War I.
A young American man looking for adventure and romance finds a whole lot more than he bargained for. First, he meets a beautiful Englishwoman and guess what happens? They fall in love. When someone insults her, he gets into a fight and has to move to another island that’s occupied by Germans. In the end, the American and the Englishwoman are rescued by a U.S. Navy warship.
No copies are known to exist.