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January 31, 2009 |  6:00 am


You may recall my recent post about lunch with Harry Medved and the continuing quest to determine the name and date of the first film shot entirely in Los Angeles.

Val Almendarez, collections archivist at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, writes:

The first fiction film made in Los Angeles (as travelogues and documentaries had been filmed here earlier) was probably THE HEART OF A RACE TOUT, which was released July 29, 1909. 

William Selig later named this film as the first one shot here.  It is not known when the film was shot, but as the company arrived in Los Angeles on March 21, 1909, it is probable it was made either at the end of March or the first week of April.

According to a Selig scholar, IN THE SULTAN'S POWER was the fourth film made by the Selig Company in Los Angeles.

As to your second question, Sing Lee's laundry was on Olive between 7th and 8th Streets.

We do have some of Bosworth's papers here at the library, but did not receive the journal pictured in your blog.

We also got his scrapbooks, but he only has a few pages about his time at Selig, and nothing about IN THE SULTAN'S POWER.

Below, a long list of Los Angeles firsts by E.V. Durling, including "The Heart of a Race
Track Tout." I'm not sure what a "roundhouse" haircut is--but I don't think I want one.