Mary Pickford, on hosting Professor Albert Einstein at a Pickfair dinner

On This Day 100 Years Ago: Einstein publishes theory of relativity

Mary Pickford, on hosting Professor Albert Einstein at a Pickfair dinner: Not that Douglas [Fairbanks] and Charlie [Chaplin] were always acting like a couple of kids out of Mark Twain. I saw them once watching Professor Einstein demonstrate his theory of relativity with a knife, fork, a plate, and the edge of our dining-room table. […]

Was Douglas Fairbanks' role in "A Modern Musketeer" inspiration for the character of Prince Chivalry in "Princess April Morning-Glory"?

The Fighting Fairbanks

Who was Letitia Fairbanks’ inspiration for the character of Prince Chivalry? A look at her uncle & cousin’s films provides some clues. A cinematic pastiche of Douglas Fairbanks and Douglas Fairbanks Jr in their swashbuckling roles prior to 1940 & Letitia Fairbanks’ creation of “Princess April Morning-Glory” – Enjoy!

Did DW Griffith cast Douglas Fairbanks in blackface in "Martyrs of the Alamo"? Slave Joe (l) loads rifles for his dying master, Jim Bowie (r).

Martyrs of the Alamo (AKA The Birth of Texas 1915)

According to IMDB, Martyrs of the Alamo, released November 21, 1915, was Douglas Fairbanks’ 2nd film, where he played, “Joe / Texan Soldier (uncredited) (unconfirmed).” So I found a copy of the film on Amazon Prime and watched it, peering into the faces of the many supporting roles (this was a DW Griffith production, after […]

From "A Modern Musketeer": Douglas Fairbanks does handstands on the edge of the Grand Canyon while Marjorie Daw looks on agahst

Swashathon! A Modern Musketeer (1917)

This post is part of the Swashathon! A Blogathon of Swashbuckling Adventure, hosted by Fritzi at Movies, Silently. Read the other adventure-filled posts in this event HERE. In their 1953 bio, Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer, Ralph Hancock and Letitia Fairbanks state that her uncle’s fascination with all things swashbuckling went way back: Alexandre Dumas’ […]

Released Nov 7, 1915, "But that was just a starter. His first picture, The Lamb, showed Fairbanks at his most active best, and it went over with a terrific bang." ~ Ralph Hancock and Letitia Fairbanks from their 1953 bio "Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer"

The Lamb (1915)

Ralph Hancock & Letitia Fairbanks set the stage for Douglas’ entrance into Hollywood in 1915, when he arrives to film his first motion picture, The Lamb: [Director DW] Griffith was engrossed with the apparently limitless range of the motion picture camera. Its power to “delay the tempo of conventional acting and to focus casual facial […]