WAY BACK WHEN IN SB – Hope Ranch Cliff Collapses

A scene from “The Diamond From the Sky.” (Motography, June 26, 1915)

Dateline – May 1915

I hope that the “Flying A” movie studio alerted the residents of the area about this. For an episode of their silent movie serial “The Diamond From the Sky,” a fight between hobos and gypsies was staged on the beach below Hope Ranch. The gypsy camp on the beach is destroyed when one character pushes a rock down a mountainside.

“The cliff formation at the Hope Ranch beach served . . . and about 40 tons of earth were dynamited in order to get the . . . effect.” – Santa Barbara Morning Press, May 11, 1915

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