Santa Cruz County History - Films


Full Text Newspaper ArticleSanta Cruz Evening News. July 11, 1925. p. 1

MADGE BELLAMY SAVED FROM DEADLY RATTLER BY COMPANY CHAUFFEUR


Miss Madge Bellamy, famed cinema actress, now enacting the leading feminine role with Victor Schertzinger's Fox troupe filming "Thunder Mountain" in this vicinity, escaped with her life and uninjured by the narrowest margin of her entire career today.

In company with her mother, Mrs. Ann Bellamy, the young film actress had just arrived on the morning's location a short distance above Boulder Creek and was about to alight from her automobile when an unfamiliar whirring noise was heard. Hesitating in stepping from the automobile's runningboard, Miss Bellamy glanced into the air--from right to left--and then to her feet.

Emitting a gasp of horror the young lady pointed to the ground directly below the runningboard. There, coiled, ready to strike, showing its vicious fangs, was one of the largest rattlesnakes seen in recent years in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As Miss Bellamy jumped back into the tonneau of the car, her chauffeur, F. Stocking of the Fox Company, seized a nearby pole measuring over six feet in length and by a dexterous, accurate thrust, succeeded in pinning the head of the deadly reptile to the ground, while a series of vicious blows from another stick finally killed the monster.

Stretched its full length the monster snake measured one inch less than four feet. It had nine rattles, which were cut off and offered to Miss Bellamy as a keepsake of the unforgettable occasion. Mother Bellamy, however, put her foot down here. She doesn't like rattlesnakes or rattlesnakes' rattles--and doesn't want 'em around. Madge may like 'em though--for all we know at the present writing.

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