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MOVJES IS WHT THEY'RE GROWING OUT IN
1HL hAND OF ORANGES AND FLOWERS
BY GERTRUDE M.J PRICE.
Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. 17. I am
out here in tie West to "size up"
the western moving picture studios.
Gertrude M. Price.
But I don't know where to begin and
I know I shall never finish! A con
servative man, tells me there are 78
companies between "San Francisco
and San Diego!
Be that as it may, Southern Cali
fornia is alive with picture players!
Directors who have been in the
business a long time say this part
of the country is the natural place in
which to take pictures, hecause they
can work about 300' days out of the
year, and the sunlight is nearly al
ways "on tap." In addition to that
there is the sea, and there are the
mountains within easy access.
"How do people like having a mov
ing picture concern in their midst?"
I asked the ma'nager of a big concern
dqwn oil the coast
"How do they Tike it?" he answer
ed. "Why they like it fine and when
they know anything is wanted for
the movies, they just fall over them
selves to be nice."
There are moving picture plants
and ranches and studios dotted
around all the way down the coast,
Some Qf them have as many as 12
or 13 companies working on them.
Others only have one or two. There
are indeperidents and so-calld trust
concerns working side by side, all
taking'adyantage of the sunshine and
The people in the towns in which
moving pictures are made have all
sorts of odd experiences.
For instance, while I was walking
down the street in San,ta Monica a
day or two ago, a gypsy rushed out
of a store with' something concealed
under his arm.
Two policemen jumped" from be
hind a building nearby, and gave
chase. Somebody called "Thief!" '
And everyone in the block stopped to ,
see what was the matter.
"Huh!" said a grizzled man to a
young boy standing near. "Hopej
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