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Offline jharvat

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Identify lighthouse from 1919 silent film
« on: June 28, 2021, 02:39:00 PM »
Hi everyone -

I am in the process of restoring a silent film from 1919 that features a lighthouse.  Details of the film's production are somewhat sketchy - only that it was shot on location somewhere on the US East Coast (perhaps New England).  I assume that the lighthouse was not just a set piece and that it was an actual facility.  I am hoping to discover the identity of the lighthouse shown in the film and whether or not it still exists. 

I have attached a screen capture from the film to this post.  Thanks in advance for any assistance!  :)

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Re: Identify lighthouse from 1919 silent film
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2021, 07:17:15 PM »
A bit unusual shape for US lighthouses. What film was this?
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Re: Identify lighthouse from 1919 silent film
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2021, 07:30:58 PM »
The name of the film is Out Yonder.

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Re: Identify lighthouse from 1919 silent film
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2021, 02:44:18 PM »
It's definitely not a New England lighthouse. The shape of the lantern dome is unlike anything I can remember seeing on a New England lighthouse. It's so unusual that it makes me wonder if it might have been a mockup created for the film. Also, the keeper's house looks very rustic, not like something you'd expect to see around 1919.

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Re: Identify lighthouse from 1919 silent film
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2021, 02:47:25 PM »
Another odd thing is that there's no ventilator ball on the top of the lantern, which would be very unusual for an American lighthouse - and how would the smoke have escaped from the lantern room without some kind of ventilation? I looked closer at the keeper's house and it looks sort of beat up -- again, not something you would have seen at an American lighthouse around 1919.

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Re: Identify lighthouse from 1919 silent film
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2021, 02:50:47 PM »
I had similar thoughts - maybe this is mockup...
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Re: Identify lighthouse from 1919 silent film
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2021, 04:37:10 PM »
Thanks to everyone for their responses.  I think you are correct that this was likely a prop building constructed for the film.  Other scenes in the film show a yacht that is obviously a model boat in a pool, so there is certainly precedent for a little Hollywood sleight-of-hand.