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. […]
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!
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 […]
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’ […]
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 […]