The Deadlier Sex
July 26, 2020
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Advertisements from 1920 – “A Drama of a Modern Girl in Whole Breast Flame the Spirit of Mona Lisa, Cleopatra and Sappho. A drama of Big Emotions Set in the Big Outdoors, a Super Production You’ll Long Remember!” – Print Ad Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky, December 6, 1921.
“You know the way of a Man with a Maid? But Do You Know the Way of a Maid with a Man? By All Means See the Drama You’ll Long Remember” Print Ad – Newark Sunday Call, Newark NJ – April 4, 1920
THE DEADLIER SEX (1920) starring Blanche Sweet, Mahlon Hamilton and in his first featured role, Boris Karloff. Directed by Robert Thornby Produced by Jesse D. Hampton. Based on the play by Bayard Veiller, Scenerio by Fred Myton. Cinematography by Charles Kaufman. Released March 28, 1920.
Distributed by Pathe. Shot in Truckee, California. (56:53)
Screening just in time to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote (August 18, 1920). Musical arrangements and performances by Michael D. Mortilla.
A Boardroom Battle of the Sexes between the daughter of a Railroad Magnate who kidnaps her Business Rival – taking him to the wilderness to save her father’s company and show him that money can’t buy everything. Blanche Sweet stars in this silent comedy with Boris Karloff in his first featured role.
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Hollywood’s famous Paramount Ranch has been the backdrop for many films and tv shows since the late 1920’s. The Western Town, built in the ‘50s, was recently destroyed in the Woolsey Fire, though the church and train station remain. It was the backdrop for many productions such as Westworld and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The site offers gentle hikes that allow a quiet enjoyment of the stunning landscape.
November 2018, the Woolsey Fire raged through this area, destroying 88% of the National Park Service land within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The fire wiped out miles of trails, wildlife habitat, Western Town at Paramount Ranch, multiple ranger houses, the Rocky Oaks archives building and more. The road to recovery is long and difficult journey, but progress is being made. The glorious green hillsides and wild flowers after the rain offer hope at a difficult time. While there is still much to be done, we would like to celebrate the rebirth of life to the mountains.