Santa Cruz County History - Films

On Location in Santa Cruz County


Babes in the Woods: Virginia Corbin

Babes in the Woods: Virginia Corbin

Virginia Corbin, the 4-year-old co-star of the film, is in the center of this snapshot by Preston Sawyer. Next to her is Mrs. Corbin.

"Babes in the Woods" was filmed in Big Basin and on the grounds of the old Powder Works. Many local children were extras in the film. The Surf tells us:

"Ninety-two children in fifteen autos left the court house at 8 o'clock this morning to participate in 'Babes in the Woods,' being put on by the Fox juvenile company, the members of which left at 9 o'clock. The members were mainly fairies and elves. The children are to be tendered a luncheon at noon and the Fox company hired Williams' band to go to the canyon to play for the children."
Santa Cruz Daily Surf, April 2, 1917, p.8

Source: This photograph is from the Santa Cruz Photograph Collection in Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz. It is the property of the Regents of the University of California and may not be used in any way without the express permission of the University Library. Used here with permission.

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