The Whartons Studio
The Whartons, Incorporated was an early silent film production company operating in Ithaca, New York from 1914 to 1919. The Ithaca Studio was established by brothers Theodore and Leopold Wharton on the shores of Cayuga Lake, at the site of what is now Stewart Park.
In the early 1920s, the Wharton studio moved from Ithaca to Santa Cruz, California, as promoted by Santa Cruz mayor Fred Swanton. It was incorporated as Wharton Film Classics, Inc. although Leopold died in 1927, and Theodore in 1931. By then the majority of the film industry had settled in mostly Southern California and Hollywood because of the ability to shoot all-year round.
Films produced at Ithaca Studios
- The Crooked Dagger (1919)
- The Red Peril (1919)
- A Romance of the Air (1918)
- April Fool (1918)
- The Eagle's Eye (1918)
- Mission of the War Chest (1918)
- The Candidate (1918)
- The Missionary (1918)
- Below Zero (1917)
- The Great White Trail (1917)
- The Black Stork (1917)
- Patria (1917)
- The Crusher (1917)
- Beatrice Fairfax (1916)
- The Lottery Man (1916)
- The Mysteries of Myra (1916)
- Hazel Kirke (1916)
- The City (1916)
- The New Adventures of J. Rufus Wallingford (1915)
- The Romance of Elaine (1915)
- The New Exploits of Elaine (1915)
- The Stolen Birthright (1914)
- The Exploits of Elaine (1914)
- The Fireman and the Girl (1914)
- A Prince of India (1914)
- The Pawn of Fortune (1914)
- The Warning (1914)
- The Boundary Rider (1914)
- "Unique Stunt by Whartons". The Moving Picture World. June 17, 1916. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
- Ross Eric Gibson (February 1, 1994). "Hollywood Came to Santa Cruz: Huge Redwoods Seen as Western Backdrops". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
- "Why Santa Cruz has been selected as the location for the studio and production activities of Wharton Film Classics, Inc.". Wharton Film Studio Promotional Brochure. c. 1927. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
- List of films made at Whartons Studio at IMDB
- "Resume of Mr. Wharton's Career". Wharton Film Studio Promotional Brochure. c. 1927. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
- "Silent Film Industry Blossoms in Ithaca," Cornell Daily Sun. Available online.[dead link]
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