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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916)

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is one of those rare, quirky films that upon discovery of its existence, and when it was made (1916), and that Douglas Fairbanks of all people stars as Detective Coke Ennyday, an American coke and opium-addled spoof of Sherlock Holmes, most new initiates’ reactions range from “Really??!” to “Wow!!” […]

"Reggie Mixes In" (1916) offered Douglas Fairbanks the chance to display his physical comedy skills in the pursuit of dancing, pugilism, and class equality!

Reggie Mixes In (1916)

Douglas Fairbanks came from a family of modest means.  This is often forgotten by his (modern) fans and admirers, who remember the opulent style of living he and wife Mary Pickford created at Pickfair, when Douglas was the First King of Hollywood. So when Douglas started into film – then a daring and new medium […]

The Good Bad Man (1916) starring Douglas Fairbanks with Bessie Love & Sam DeGrasse from Triangle-Fine Arts

The Good Bad Man (1916)

The Good Bad Man is Douglas Fairbanks’ first 100% Western, written & produced by Doug, with Allan Dwan returning as Director and Victor Fleming returning as cinematographer.  The trio had a great first film in The Habit of Happiness that they returned for yet another film, produced by Triangle and distributed by Fine Arts.  Ultimately […]

Sunny Wiggins (played by Douglas Fairbanks) meets Elsie Pepper (Dorothy West) as he announces he's here to "shake up the old Pepper box!" (Elsie's father)

The Habit of Happiness (1916)

The Habit of Happiness is the first of Douglas Fairbanks’ movies that puts the trait he considered most important in life – Happiness – right in the title, thereby showing Fairbanks’ knowledge and affection for the philosophy of life we now call Law of Attraction (LOA, for short.) And like many Conscious Creators, Fairbanks knew […]

"In "His Picture in the Papers," he had to run an automobile over a cliff, engage in a six-round bout with a professional boxer, jump off an ocean liner and swim to the distant shore, mix in a brawl with half a dozen gunmen, and leap twice from swiftly moving trains." ~ Ralph Hancock & Letitia Fairbanks from their 1953 bio "Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer"

His Picture In The Papers (1916)

When 1916 opened, it was a new day dawning for Douglas Fairbanks: … Fortunately for [Douglas] the directors who now handled his pictures had the vision to incorporate his antics into his pictures. The staff had been busy while he was away and now had ready the script for Double Trouble-prophetically the last he was […]

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, 1924

When Doug met Mary

In late 1915-early 1916, Douglas Fairbanks met Mary Pickford, and the rest is history. But how exactly did these two super-stars – the first-ever hero and heroine of motion pictures — come to carry-out a most passionate love affair, get married, and be crowned King and Queen of Hollywood, barely 3+ years later?  At this […]

Resemblance between Mary Pickford (1917), Princess April Morning-Glory (1941), and Audrey Fairbanks, great-granddaughter of Letitia Fairbanks (2013)

Dec 11, 1939: By the clock….

Taking a wee break from 100 year events, we’ll skip ahead to a commemorative date in 1939: Letitia Fairbanks’ 26th birthday and the death of her uncle, Douglas Fairbanks. It was on this night that Letitia first conceived of creating a lasting, memorable art installation that would be worthy of her famous and much beloved […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]