By Betsy J. Green
Most of the silent movies made in Montecito used the million-dollar mansions as the location, but not this one, released by the “Flying A” on August 3, 1915. Scenes for “Cupid Takes a Taxi” were filmed in the location of upper Montecito once referred to as “Spanish Town.” (Little of this area endures. This motion picture did not make it through either. Only about 15% of the silent movies shot in Montecito still exist.)
A young man from an abundant household turns his sportscar into a taxi, à la Uber, and quickly falls for among his travelers– an appealing girl from a poor area. I expect this is why the motion picture was recorded at this area.
The parents of the poor lady already have a match in mind for their child who she does not like. The parents organize a night at the opera on their own, their daughter, and their boy of option. Things look grim. They call for a taxi and guess who is the chauffeur! Things begin to look much better.
Somehow, the motorist manages to interact with the daughter to satisfy him during intermission. She does, and things get back at better when they flee and get married prior to the fat lady sings.
Betsy’s Method Back When book– Movies & & Million-Dollar Mansions– is now available in regional book shops and at Amazon.com. This is the seventh book in her series on the history of Santa Barbara. Discover more at betsyjgreen.com.