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In Old California (1910)

An historical dramatization of a Spanish woman during the reign of Spanish and Mexican owned California in the early 19th century.

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Frank Powell ... Governor Manuella
Arthur V. Johnson ... Cortes
Marion Leonard ... Perdita
Henry B. Walthall ... Perdita's Son
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... Soldier
Francis J. Grandon Francis J. Grandon ... Soldier
W. Chrystie Miller W. Chrystie Miller ... Indian Messenger
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Soldier
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... Governor's Servant
Alfred Paget ... Soldier
Mack Sennett ... Soldier
Charles West Charles West ... Soldier / Governor's Servant
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No land nor period was more given to romance than the Spanish American in the early part of the 19th century. The influence of the warm constant sun, without excessive amenity was conducive to lethargy and lethargy is the seed of romance. The dreamer is a romancer. This Biograph story starts some time before Mexican independence was proclaimed in California, which occurred in 1822. Perdita Arguello, the pretty Spanish senorita is beloved by Jose Manuella, a wealthy young Spaniard, who migrated to the new world in search of adventure. A man of qualities, he surrenders claim upon the girl when he finds her heart is given to Pedro Cortes, a handsome troubadour of the village. Cortes is just the sort of fellow to impress a thoughtless and unsophisticated girl with his gentle persuasive manner together with his talent as a musician. Of poetic temperament, she yields to his plan and marries him. But what a calamity! Twenty years later we see the result of her folly. Cortes proved to be a ... Written by Biograph Company

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1910 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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D.W. Griffith was the first to utter the catchphrase "Lights, camera, action!" in 1910, on the set of In Old California (1910). It, like many of his techniques, are still widely used in filmmaking. See more »

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The First Movie Made In Hollywood
28 March 2001 | by biographcompanySee all my reviews

This was the first actual movie made in Hollywood. This precedes "The Squaw Man" made by Cecil B. DeMille by over 3 years. This historic movie is in the process of restoration by us, the company that made it (The American Mutoscope and Biograph Company).


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