We continue our month-long March donation drive and online film festival focusing on the life of Douglas Fairbanks with another episode from the 2005 documentary film, “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.
Pt. 5 explores Fairbanks’ transisition from comedic actor to action star. His reign as the movies’ great swashbuckler began with 1920’s “The Mark of Zorro” (the first Zorro film), and continued with his role as D’Artagnan in “The Three Musketeers” (1921) and “Robin Hood” (1922), which featured the largest sets Hollywood had ever seen. In this segment, film historians discuss Doug’s role as the father of action-adventure films and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of how some of his greatest onscreen stunts were actually performed. Also provides information on the film debut of his son, 16 year-old Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in 1923.
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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