100 Years of Buster Keaton: The First Films of a Comedy Legend

It is a well-known fact among movie fans that Buster Keaton is the Great Stoneface. The world could be falling to pieces all around him, comedy chaos ensuing, romance a-buzzing, and his face would remain stoic with an expression that says “to hell with it all.” And it is that very expression that makes us,…

The #PayClassicsForward Challenge

I discovered the #PayClassicsForward Challenge on Aurora’s wonderful blog Once Upon a Screen (Click HERE to see the challenge!) and I thought it would be a fun challenge to take on this holiday season! So here’s the challenge: There are 12 categories (in the same tradition as the 12 days of Christmas) that can literally…

The Costumes of Cinema’s First Swashbuckling Hero

In the 1920s, Douglas Fairbanks found great success in and popularized the costumed hero. Never before had moviegoers seen such a spirited, all-American, brawny man dash across the screen in such a dazzling manner. It drew movie fans in and resulted in Fairbanks becoming dubbed the King of Hollywood. Despite his reluctance to become a…

Seeing Double: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in The Corsican Brothers

What could possibly be better than a movie starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.? Why, a movie starring two of him! And that is just what The Corsican Brothers gives us. Fairbanks plays a set of swashbuckling twins tragically torn apart at birth after the cold-blooded murder of their royal parents. It marks the first time Fairbanks…

John Barrymore: A Real Life Jeckyll and Hyde

Two traits are often mentioned alongside the name John Barrymore: First, that he is one of the greatest American actors who ever lived. And secondly, that he was an alcoholic who lived a highly publicized and tumultuous life. Like many great artists, Barrymore was plagued by an inner darkness that ultimately led to his demise….

The Fairbanks Legacy: Fides Conatus et Fidelitas

In 1922, at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, on the very balcony that Charles Lindbergh would later stand to a cheering crowd of thousands after his great flight, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Jr. had what Douglas, Jr., referred to as, “the worst row in my life!”1 The issue at hand: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.’s, entry into…

Scarlet Dawn: An Exercise in Narcissism and Escapism

For the Hot & Bothered blogathon hosted by Once Upon a Movie Screen and CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch, I chose a lesser known film called Scarlet Dawn, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Nancy Carroll. In 1932, as the Great Depression raged on, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., was looking for an escape from financial and personal…

Second Liebster Award!

First of all, I must thank Little Bits of Classics for nominating me for my second Liebster Award! I am so happy that people are enjoying my blog as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it. Here are my answers to these fantastic questions: 1., How much time do you spend a week with writing blog…