"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 […]

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 […]