The Pageant of San Francisco (1915)

Drama | 15 March 1915

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HISTORY

This film was produced to promote the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915. The spellings of names of historical personages in the plot synopsis of this film reflect the way the names appear in contemporary reviews. However, the correct spellings, according to modern authorities, are as follows: Gaspar de Portolá, Juan Bautista de Anza and Junípero ... More Less

This film was produced to promote the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915. The spellings of names of historical personages in the plot synopsis of this film reflect the way the names appear in contemporary reviews. However, the correct spellings, according to modern authorities, are as follows: Gaspar de Portolá, Juan Bautista de Anza and Junípero Serra. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
13 Mar 15
p. 400.
Motog
27 Mar 15
p. 508.
MPN
13 Mar 15
p. 70-71.
MPN
20 Mar 15
p. 71.
MPN
10 Apr 15
p. 64.
MPW
20 Mar 15
p. 1788.
MPW
27 Mar 15
p. 2004.
MPW
10 Apr 15
p. 244.
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Alliance Special
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Scenic artist
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 March 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Pageant Film Co.
Copyright Date:
8 December 1914
Copyright Number:
MU250
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Don Gasper Portola leaves the Spanish settlement of San Diego with a band of adventurers and discovers the Golden Gate leading to a beautiful bay. He hurries back to San Diego and tells the Royal Viceroy, who sends a group of settlers led by Juan Baptista Anza and Padre Junipero Serra, a monk, on a hazardous journey to establish a Spanish colony there. The banners of the church and of Spain are raised, and the settlement is named in honor of St. Francis. Many years later, the first Yankee arrives. After the Mexican war, California becomes a territory of the United States. The gold rush of 1849 brings thousands to the area, and within a year, California is granted statehood. In the following decade, San Francisco is beset by lawless politicians, but eventually the law-abiding citizens prevail. After the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906, the city is rebuilt, and in 1914, the Panama-Pacific Exposition ... +


Don Gasper Portola leaves the Spanish settlement of San Diego with a band of adventurers and discovers the Golden Gate leading to a beautiful bay. He hurries back to San Diego and tells the Royal Viceroy, who sends a group of settlers led by Juan Baptista Anza and Padre Junipero Serra, a monk, on a hazardous journey to establish a Spanish colony there. The banners of the church and of Spain are raised, and the settlement is named in honor of St. Francis. Many years later, the first Yankee arrives. After the Mexican war, California becomes a territory of the United States. The gold rush of 1849 brings thousands to the area, and within a year, California is granted statehood. In the following decade, San Francisco is beset by lawless politicians, but eventually the law-abiding citizens prevail. After the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906, the city is rebuilt, and in 1914, the Panama-Pacific Exposition opens. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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