Santa Cruz County History - Films


Full Text Newspaper ArticleSanta Cruz Evening News. Feb. 5, 1923. p. 8

SOUTH SEA VILLAGE AT MOORE'S BEACH READY FOR FILM WORK; BRUCE'S ACTORS IN SAN FRANCISCO

Work on the filming of the South Sea story now being made by Santa Cruz Productions under the direction of R. W. Bruce, is progressing satisfactorily. The company has been in San Francisco for the past ten days making scenes in Chinatown, along the waterfront, several bank "interiors," and some deep sea stuff aboard an old four-master, chartered for the occasion. Robert Kipling of Los Angeles, who has contracted to distribute the feature upon completion, has been in San Francisco reviewing the first run of the scenes so far completed and has advised Trustee Fred Garrison of the local company that the results are very promising for a successful picture.

Meanwhile at Moore's Beach work has been going on in the erection of the thatched huts and houses forming the South Sea settlement that figures prominently in the story. Scores of persons visited the spot on the Cliff Drive yesterday, attracted by the framework of the four or five structures already erected, the big kettle drum and the work on the pirates' cave. The selected location against the sloping sand cliff on the east side of the beach for the village with a wide area of sand in front of the structures for the three score of natives to carry out their dances is an ideal spot for the camera man to get some wonderful effects. Actual shooting of scenes at Moore's Beach will probably start the latter part of this week.

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