Trivia Tuesday: Seeing Stars in Palm Beach

Movie poster from 1940s with Palm Beach girl waterskiing

In the silent film era of the 1910s, the fledgling Palm Beach became a destination for filmmakers with its glamourous, lavish lifestyle. Silent movie stars were here for visits, the first movie theater opened on the island, and society folks hired movie makers to record their private parties. Then came the first silent movie with a written, fictional script and made up entirely of those same society folks of Palm Beach. Do you know the name of that movie?

  1. City Girl
  2. Orphans of the Storm
  3. Island of Happiness
  4. The Big Parade

If you chose #3, you know your Palm Beach (or early movie) history. The residents had such a great time that they actually filmed a second one, Isle of Tomorrow, a year later. You may recognize one actress who starred in it - Marjorie Merriweather Post. Alas, the films were never shown in public, much to the chagrin of the filmmakers and were instead, shown only in Palm Beach. Philanthropy always prevails here in Palm Beach; proceeds from the viewings were donated to World War I efforts.

Photo of Poster for 1926 film The Palm Beach Girl by Paramount/Famous Players/Lasky public domain

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