Douglas Fairbanks: 'The Half-Breed' Lost and Found

Douglas Fairbanks The Half-Breed in 'The Amazing Tales from the Archives': 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival At the 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, “The Amazing Tales from the Archives” began with film preservationist Rob Byrne's documentation of how the 1916 movie The Half-Breed was found and restored to its present condition. Starring Douglas Fairbanks and Alma Rubens, and directed by Allan Dwan, this […]

Gabriel Garko as Rudolph Valentino

Gabriel Garko (photo) will play Rudolph Valentino (a.k.a. Rodolfo Valentino in places like Italy and Brazil) in a two-part Italian TV movie. To be directed by Alessio Inturri for Mediaset, the Valentino project is reportedly to be filmed this year in both Italy and the United States. Gabriel Garko, who'll turn 38 next July 12, has worked steadily on Italian television. His feature-film appearances, however, […]

Pickford-Fairbanks Studios' Mary Pickford Building Destroyed

Mary Pickford Building: The Lot a.k.a. Pickford-Fairbanks Studios Los Angeles just got uglier. Despite protests, the Mary Pickford Building on West Hollywood's The Lot has been destroyed by its current owner, the CIM Group. (See video below.) The Lot, as previously reported on this site, was built in the 1910s, when it was known as The Hampton Studios. Silent-era superstars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks […]

Historic Warner Hollywood Studios to Be Torn Down

'Some Like It Hot' with Marilyn Monroe: Partly shot at the United Artists Studios a.k.a. the Warner Hollywood Studios a.k.a. The Lot. Historic Warner Hollywood Studios to be torn down The historic Warner Hollywood Studios, currently known as The Lot, is to be torn down, reports the Los Angeles Times (March 2012). In its place, current owner CIM Group will erect “glass-and-steel structures.” The Los […]

Douglas Fairbanks' 'Robin Hood' Academy Screening

Enid Bennett, Douglas Fairbanks, Robin Hood Long before Errol Flynn, Russell Crowe, and Kevin Costner – and their Men in Tights – there was Douglas Fairbanks and his Men in Tights. Robin Hood, a.k.a. Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood will be screening tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Robin Hood screening […]

Marlene Dietrich, Douglas Fairbanks, Janet Gaynor, Lon Chaney: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Marlene Dietrich in Kurt Bernhardt's The Woman Men Yearn For Among the silent film classics to be featured at this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival are Victor Sjöström's He Who Gets Slapped (1924), starring Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, and John Gilbert in the newly founded MGM studios' first production; five-time Oscar nominee Clarence Brown's The Goose Woman (1925), starring Louise Dresser and Constance Bennett, […]

Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B. DeMille: The Birth of Hollywood on TCM

Mary Pickford in Maurice Tourneur's The Poor Little Rich Girl (top); Dustin Farnum in Cecil B. DeMille's The Squaw Man (bottom) The Birth of Hollywood, part II of the seven-part documentary Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood, will be shown again tonight on Turner Classic Movies. In addition to the documentary narrated by Christopher Plummer, TCM will present several early silent films, including […]

Douglas Fairbanks 'The Mollycoddle': Early Victor Fleming ('Gone with the Wind') Film

Douglas Fairbanks is 'The Mollycoddle' for pre-'Gone with the Wind's Victor Fleming Douglas Fairbanks has the title role in the 1920 movie The Mollycoddle. Now, what is (or was) a “mollycoddle”? As we learn in this Victor Fleming-directed comedy, a “mollycoddle” – at least in this particular case – is an American who adopts decadently effete European ways. That is, until fate forces him to […]

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2009

The Fall of the House of Usher (top); John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman in Bardelys the Magnificent (middle); Douglas Fairbanks, Lupe Velez in The Gaucho (bottom)   Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, and Lillian Gish are only a few of the superstars to be found at the 14th San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which will take place July 10-12 at the Castro Theatre. Among those scheduled to […]

'Latino Images' on Film: From Mary Pickford to Wallace Beery

Turner Classic Movies' series “Race in Hollywood: Latino Images in Film” kicks off this evening. So what if “Latino” isn't a race? So what if it isn't even an ethnic or a cultural group, but merely a US-made sociopolitical construct? I'd say that what matters here are the films themselves – all Hollywood productions. And hopefully some of the introductions, provided by Robert Osborne and […]

Douglas Fairbanks' 'The Thief of Bagdad' & 'The Iron Mask' Screening

Rare screenings of the Douglas Fairbanks adventure classics The Thief of Bagdad (1924) and The Iron Mask (1929) will be presented on Friday, March 20, and Monday, March 23, respectively, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Both screenings will start at 7:30 pm. Silent film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow will be a guest presenter at […]

Douglas Fairbanks: The First King of Hollywood

Douglas Fairbanks in Wild and Woolly (top) and Don Q. Son of Zorro (bottom). Below right, Fairbanks can be seen in The Matrimaniac. The exhibition “Douglas Fairbanks: The First King of Hollywood” will premiere on Saturday, January 24, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Fourth Floor Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free. As per the Academy's press release, the exhibition will […]

'The Thief of Bagdad' 1924: Douglas Fairbanks' Restored Fantasy Classic Returns

The Thief of Bagdad 1924 with Douglas Fairbanks. At least nominally directed by Raoul Walsh, the Douglas Fairbanks production and United Artists release The Thief of Bagdad was in preparation/production for 65 weeks, ultimately costing $1.13 million (approx. $16 million today) – an impressive sum back in the silent era. Similarities between the thief Ahmed and the sly, carefree poet Hajj featured in Edward Knoblock's […]

Douglas Fairbanks 'The Gaucho' Academy Screening

"Douglas Fairbanks as The Gaucho” is the title of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencess' celebration of Hollywood's biggest (perhaps “first” as well) action-adventure star of the silent era – or, quite likely, of any era. Douglas Fairbanks, the swashbuckling, energetic, ever-grinning hero of The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood, The Thief of Bagdad, The Black Pirate, and The Iron […]

Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer DVD Set

Flicker Alley, described as “a specialty supplier of fine silent films and classic cinema programming,” in association with the Blackhawk Film Collection, has announced the Dec. 2 release of “Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer,” a five-disc DVD collection featuring eleven early Douglas Fairbanks' vehicles. Fairbanks, one of the founders of United Artists and at one point the husband of superstar Mary Pickford, was one of […]