Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
You are at the spot where 100 years ago Irene Castle and Milton Sills filmed a scene from Patria in 1916 in front of Goldwin Smith Hall on Cornell University's campus.
Like other motion picture studios during the period of World War I, the Wharton Studio produced patriotic films, and Patria, starring the internationally famous Irene Castle, was an episodic serial in which Castle played the role of Patria Channing a munitions factory heiress who works to save the United States. This film was partially financed by newspaper magnet William Randolph Hearst and his Hearst International Film Service.
If you look closely, you can see the actor Warner Oland, who later played Charlie Chan, lurking behind them.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Wharton Studio Silent Film Tour