Movies Way Back When: Dodo Newton is a Hit

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Image: Film Fun, December 1917
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By Besty J. Green

The “Flying A” silent movie "Soul Mates" was released on May 8, 1916. It takes place on the East Coast, but was filmed at the "Casa Buenaventura" – one of the million-dollar estates in Montecito.

This movie should have been called "Married, But Not to Each Other," or maybe "Sour Mates." It's all about infidelity and suicide, and a six-year-old Santa Barbara girl had a part. Hopefully, they kept her in the dark about the film's theme.

“Little Dodo Newton, the clever girl who is well-known and loved by many in Santa Barbara, will please many of her friends by her work in "Soul Mates" . . . She plays a strong-boy part through the five reels.” – Santa Barbara Daily News & Independent, July 24, 1916

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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