Throughout the month of March, we’ll be featuring a 9-part online film festival on the life of Douglas Fairbanks as part of our Spring Donation Drive. Continuing with another episode from the 2005 documentary film, “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.
Pt. 8 continues from Pt. 7 with the onscreen pairing of Fairbanks and Pickford in Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” (1929), a project which widened the growing rift between these two great stars and signaled the beginning of the end for Hollywood’s first power couple. Tells the story of Doug’s affair with Lady Sylvia Ashley and Mary Pickford’s quiet romance with Charles “Buddy” Rogers. (They would both marry their respective partners soonafter the Pickford/Fairbanks divorce was finalized in 1936.) Also explores Fairbanks’ talking pictures in the 1930s: “Reaching for the Moon,” (his only musical with music by Irving Berlin and a cameo by Bing Crosby), the 1931 travelogue “Around the World With Douglas Fairbanks,” 1932’s “Mr. Robinson Crusoe,” and Alexander Korda’s “The Private Life of Don Juan” (1934), which would be his final film.
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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