The Journal of San Diego History
Winter 1992, Volume 38, Number 1
Richard W. Crawford, Editor

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Cover photo

Cover: “The Dictator” starring Wallace Reed, was filmed by Paramount in 1922. Photo courtesy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cover photo

Back Cover: Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s one-reeler, “Fatty at San Diego,” was produced in 1913 by the Keystone Film Company. Photo courtesy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Director Allan Dwan

Director Allan Dwan in the 1910s.

San Diego Union

Director Allan Dwan found movie extras by placing this advertisement in the San Diego Union.

Pollard Picture Plays Company

Pollard Picture Plays Company based their operations in Balboa Park in 1916.

The Americano

The Plaza de Panama and the Sacramento Valley Building was the set for “The Americano” in 1917.

The Americano

“The Americano.”

Albert S. Hill

Albert S. Hill, as secretary for the Park Board, authorized the use city park lands for shooting motion pictures.

Warner Bros

In 1925, Warner Bros. Pictures requested permission to use Balboa Park for filming a John Barrymore epic of revolutionary Mexico.

Maggie's Honest Lover

The set of “Maggie’s Honest Lover,” Nestor Comedy Company, c. 1919.

Orson Welles

Orson Welles used Balboa Park for exterior shots of “Xanadu” in his 1942dassic, “Citizen Kane.”

The Fireball

The interior of the Federal Building was the stage for Mickey Rooney in “The Fireball,”20th Century-Fox, 1950.

The Magnificent Fraud

“The Magnificent Fraud,” was produced by Paramount in 1939.