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Film, Video A glimpse of the San Diego Exposition Working title from Mack Sennett's fun factory: Educational of San Diego Exposition

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  • A glimpse of the San Diego Exposition

Other Title

  • Working title from Mack Sennett's fun factory: Educational of San Diego Exposition


  • The film begins from a single-camera position high above the Exposition grounds. The camera begins to pan from left to right, following the horizon. The picture includes all of the spires and buildings of the fair. Then the camera is moved to the Exposition midway. Includes shots of the exposition buildings in Balboa Park, a bridge that cost a quarter of a million dollars [Cabrillo Bridge], the California Building, the Horticultural Building, the Panama Canal exhibit, the Isthmus (location of boardwalk and rolling chairs), the Panama Film company exhibit (where Fatty Arbuckle walks by the camer in street clothes), the lagoon with trained fish and the Plaza de Panama, where little children feed pigeons.


  • Sennett, Mack, 1880-1960, direction, writing
  • Keystone Film Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Keystone, 1915.


  • A permanent bridge costing a quarter of a million dollars. -- Panoramic view. -- California Building, a permanent structure costing approximately three-quarters of a million. [Includes view of California Tower]. -- Horticultural Building containing specimens of vegetation from all parts of the world. [Actually shows another view of the California Building]. -- Panama Canal exhibit costing approximately two hundred thousand dollars. [Actually shows the Horticultural Building]. -- A miniature reproduction of The Locks of Gatuna of the Panama Canal. -- On the Isthmus. -- Panama Film Company's exhibit. One of the most interesting features of the fair, showing complete manufacturing of moving pictures. [Fatty Arbuckle across frame left to right, staring at the camera, then turns and runs out of frame, back to the left]. -- The Laguna filled with different specimens of trained fish who answer the dinner gong three times a day. -- Plaza de Panama. -- Pals. [shows toddlers playing with pigeons on the Plaza].


  • -  Arbuckle, Roscoe,--1887-1933
  • -  California Building (San Diego, Calif.)
  • -  Panama Canal Extravaganza (Panama-California Exposition, 1915, San Diego, Calif.)
  • -  Botanical Building (San Diego, Calif.)
  • -  Panama-California Exposition--(1915 :--San Diego, Calif.)
  • -  California Tower (California Building, San Diego, Calif.)
  • -  Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
  • -  Cabrillo Bridge (San Diego, Calif.)


  • Educational films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  MP293 U.S Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Keystone Film Company (Mack Sennett, author); 18Feb15; MP293.
  • -  Duration: ca. 7 minutes.
  • -  Originally released together as a split reel with Ye olden grafter, according to the Moving picture world, v. 23, no. 10, p. 1448.
  • -  Summary taken from Early motion pictures, and from Mack Sennett's fun factory, p. 310.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2893) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Both this paper print and Ye olden grafter were assigned the same number, LC 2893.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K., Early motion pictures, p. 121; Walker, B. Mack Sennett's fun factory, p. 310; Motion picture world, v. 23, no. 10, March 16, 1915, p. 1448, 1530.
  • -  Appearing: Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle.
  • -  Filmed in Balboa Park, San Diego, California on January 3-4, 1915.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (160 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 400 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 6093 (viewing print)
  • Box 1022A (paper pos)

Source Collection

  • Paper Print/Keystone Collection (Library of Congress)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00563595

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Keystone Film Company, and Paper Print Collection. A glimpse of the San Diego Exposition. directeds by Sennett, Mack, Ection, Writing United States: Keystone, 1915. Video.

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