MOVIES WAY BACK WHEN: No Permits? No Problem!
By Betsy J. Green
Apparently, when the "Flying A" decided to film outside their studio on Mission and Chapala streets, they did not have to ask permission or give any notice. Here's an example of one of the surprises that happened behind the scenes in 1915:
“Passengers on a southbound train yesterday morning became panic stricken, believing a holdup was on, when Jack Richardson [see photo], attired in wild and wooly fashion, leaped aboard as the train passed through Goleta. Arrangements were made for the train slowing down and Richardson did his bit of business in fine style. But no sooner did he step up on the vestibule, than he noticed the people in the car started to bob down behind their seats. He immediately sensed the situation and called out: ‘It is only a motion picture.’” -- Santa Barbara Morning Press, October 8, 1915.