Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century

Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century

by John C. Tibbetts, James M. Welsh

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ISBN-13: 9781626741478
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
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About the Author

John C. Tibbetts is an associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas and author of twenty books on a variety of subjects, the most recent being The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction in the Media.


James M. Welsh professor emeritus at Salisbury University, cofounded Literature/Film Quarterly, which he edited for thirty-three years, and is the author of over twenty books, the most recent being The Oliver Stone Encyclopedia.

Table of Contents

A Personal Greeting Vera Fairbanks (Mrs. Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) xi

Foreword: A Fairbanks Memoir Kevin Brownlow xv

Introduction: The Choreography of Hope 3

Part I Odyssey of a Spring Lamb 15

Chapter 1 "Windows Are the Only Doors": The First Films (The Lamb, 1915, and Double Trouble, 1915) 17

Chapter 2 "The Leap to Greatness": The Years at Triangle, Artcraft, United Artists, 1916-1919 30

Chapter 3 "Arizona Jim": The Fairbanks Westerns, 1916-1920 92

Chapter 4 "Her Picture in the Papers": Mary Pickford's "Growing Girl" 142

Chapter 5 "On an Odd Note": Say, Young Fellow! (1918), The Nut (1920), and When the Clouds Roll By (1919) 170

Part II "The Imperial Reach" 183

Chapter 6 Prologue 185

Chapter 7 "The Mark of Greatness": The Adventures of Señor Zorro 188

Chapter 8 "A Dance of Free Men in the Forest": Robin Hood 200

Chapter 9 "Architecture in Motion": The Thief of Bagdad 209

Chapter 10 "A Painted Ship on a Painted Ocean": The Black Pirate 219

Chapter 11 "Dumas, Douglas, and Delirium": Fairbanks and the Musketeers 239

Chapter 12 "The Fall from Grace": The Gaucho 259

Part III Doug and Mary Find their Voices 271

Chapter 13 Coquette: Goodbye to the Glad Girl 273

Chapter 14 A Shrewd Adaptation: The Taming of the Shrew 283

Part IV Artists and Husbands 297

Chapter 15 Prologue 299

Chapter 16 Reaching for the Moon 303

Chapter 17 Around the World in Eighty Minutes 307

Chapter 18 Mr. Robinson Crusoe 313

Chapter 19 The Private Life of Don Juan 317

Epilogue 331

Afterword: The Makings of a Man 1880-1927 Brian Faucette 333

Appendix A "His Own Man": Interviews with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. 339

Appendix B On the Set of The Iron Mask (1929) Maurice Leloir 357

Notes 399

Index 433

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