Santa Cruz County History - Films

Full Text Newspaper ArticleSanta Cruz Evening News. April 6, 1923. p. 1


Jacqueline Logan, new Paramount star, and Maurice B. ("Lefty") Flynn, whose rise to stardom has been spectacular, are the principal players with the Lasky Movie Company that arrived this morning in Ben Lomond to film "Salomy Jane" in the San Lorenzo Valley.

Director George Melford and his company are quartered in part, at the Hotel Dickinson, while the remainder are in Boulder Creek. Among the well-known players now in Ben Lomond are Charles Ogle, G. Raymond Nye, George Fawcett, Clarence Burton, James Neill, William Quirk, Louise Dresser, William Davidson, Barbara Brower, Tom Carrigan. Cy Klegg is assistant director, Bert Glennon cameraman.

Charles Ogle was here six years ago with the Mary Pickford Company, having played an important part in "A Romance Of The Redwoods."

Once again the glorious hills of Boulder Creek and the woodland reaches of the San Lorenzo Valley will echo the clarion call of the movies. "Ready! Action! Camera!" and "That's good--Cut!" will be the familiar orders sung out by the director and his subsidiaries, as filming proceeds on "Salomy Jane," for Paramount, under George Melford, well known "movie-maker" from the Lasky Studios in Hollywood.

Shortly before noon today a "double-header" pulled over the Southern Pacific's Boulder Creek line, leaving upwards of thirty principals at Ben Lomond and the remainder of a company of seventy-five people and much paraphernalia in Boulder Creek.

About forty horses, Western "props," electric light plant, arcs, saddles, etc., in quantity are included in the several carloads of equipment.

"Salomy Jane," from the Bret Harte story, will be filmed in practically the same location as that originally utilized by the old California Motion Picture Corporation, about ten years ago, when Beatriz Michelena played Salomy.

The now well-known "Poverty Flat" on the Big Basin Road a short distance beyond Boulder Creek has been a scene of activity for a group of carpenters and technicians for several days past, as weather permitted. They have been altering and improving the western street set that was last used by the Thomas Ince aggregation a year ago in the making of "Ten Ton Love."

The company will be engaged in this locality probably a month, making the major portion of the story there.

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