Movies Way Back When: The Lonely Heart

By Betsy J. Green

In the “Flying A” film “The Lonely Heart,” the heroine, who must be lonely (or perverted?), caresses a toad. The studio was desperate for publicity for this 1915 movie, and the local papers must have been desperate for “news” to fill their pages – so there were five articles about the toad, or was it a frog? There seemed to be some amphibian ambiguity going on, not to mention the question of what to feed it – flies or crackers? Not surprisingly, several amphibians gave up their lives for “Art” during the filming.

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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