We continue our month-long series on the life of Douglas Fairbanks with an excerpt from the 2005 documentary film, “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.
Pt. 3 begins with Doug’s swift rise as the movies #1 box office star in the 1910s, examines some of his oddball films such as 1916’s “Mystery of the Leaping Fish” (with Tod Browning, who would later work extensively with Lon Chaney and direct the 1932 cult classic “Freaks”) and 1919’s “When the Clouds Roll By.” Also focuses on Doug’s efforts to raise money for the Allies during World War I, the Liberty Loan bond drives, and his secret affair with America’s Sweetheart, Mary Pickford.
Featuring rare Fairbanks film clips, photographs and other materials from the museum’s archives. Also includes interviews with museum curator and Fairbanks biographer Keri Leigh, film historian Sparrow Morgan, and Annette Lloyd of Hollywood Forever.
90 minutes, available in 9 parts on YouTube or on DVD through the museum’s online gift shop at http://DouglasFairbanks.org
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