Category Archives: Silent Films

My Search For "Let Women Alone", The Lost Silent Film Shot On The Coastside

I never found the film. I never found any prints, either. One last letter from the American Film Institute (AFI), Beverly Hills

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My Search For "Let Women Alone", The Lost Silent Film Shot On The Coastside

I did get the British-born comedic actor J. Pat O’Malley’s address and I wrote him. But it was just another dead end. I had confused J. Pat O’Malley with Pat O’Malley… Here’s Mr. O’Malley’s response (from San Juan Capistrano):

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My Search For "Let Women Alone", The Lost Silent Shot On The Coastside

Now my efforts turned toward finding the actors who starred in “Let Women Alone.” In 1977 I wrote a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills asking for the whereabouts of actor Pat O’Malley.

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My Search For "Let Women Alone", The Lost Silent Shot On The Coastside

In the 1977 letter to me, the American Film Institute (AFI) enclosed a pamphlet: “FILM PRESERVATION: WHY NITRATE WON’T WAIT” Here’s the introduction: “When the American Film Institute was established in 1967 as a private, non-profit organization, its first priority … Continue reading

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My Search For "Let Women Alone", The Lost Silent Shot On The Coastside

page 2 of January 10, 1977 letter to me from the American Film Institute

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My Search For "Let Women Alone", The Lost Silent Shot On The Coastside

My search for the silent film “Let Women Alone”–in a series of letters. This is page 1 of a response from the American Film Institute in Washington, D.C. Page 2 to follow

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"Let Women Alone: Lost Silent Filmed on Coastside, Part III

(Photo: Peninsula Studios, San Mateo County History Museum). But it was rough going for the indie Peninsula Studios. What a disappointment it must have been when “Let Women Alone” opened at San Francisco’s Cameo Theater in 1925 and the silent … Continue reading

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"Let Women Alone: Lost Silent Filmed on Coastside, Part II

(Photo: Peninsula Studios, San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City) In January 1925 the Half Moon Bay Review reported that Peninsula Studios had released “Let Women Alone.” The silent motion picture was adapted from “On The Shelf,” a short story … Continue reading

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"Let Women Alone": Lost Silent Shot On The Coastside–Jan. 1925

Company: Peninsula Studios Producer: Frank E. Woods and Elmer Harris Director: Paul Powell Story: Adapted from Viola Brothers Shore’s “On The Shelf” Locations: San Francisco, San Mateo County Cast: Pat O’Malley, Wanda Hawley, Noah Berry, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ethel Wales, … Continue reading

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