Robin Hood Clips Commentary

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Robin Hood Clips Commentary

Post by Kitty » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:16 pm

While searching the 1912 version of Robin Hood, this popped up on YouTube! Very interesting little commentary. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/zIN-6R258tc
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Re: Robin Hood Clips Commentary

Post by donnie » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:41 pm

That was actually about the first Douglas Fairbanks footage I've actually seen (except maybe some snippets on the Hollywood series). I'm ashamed to admit I've never seen one of his features; I guess the subject matter of those movies doesn't appeal to me as much, although I'm sure they're good. He did have some amazing athletic skills, that's for sure.

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Re: Robin Hood Clips Commentary

Post by Kitty » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:05 pm

I don't think I've seen any feature length films he was in. Did you see the footage of Mary Pickford's cousin's wedding? He was in that horsing around with everyone. It's a fantastic home video, all too short. Totally cool.
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Re: Robin Hood Clips Commentary

Post by donnie » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:50 pm

Yes! I saw that. That is some fantastic footage.

That reminds me that in the early 30's, there were a series of shorts made purportedly showing movie stars at home in their daily lives. I found one of them and watched some of it because it had Jobyna Ralston in it. I liked her in the Harold Lloyd features I'd seen, and had always wondered what her voice sounded like.

I can't remember the name of those things. I'll try to see if I can locate that one—might be interesting to watch some more—though it's not as totally candid and unscripted as the Pickford wedding footage.

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Re: Robin Hood Clips Commentary

Post by donnie » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:03 pm

Here it is. They called them "Hollywood on Parade". This one also has Mary Pickford and Bing Crosby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbBtefH1lyc (for some reason, can't get the video insertion tool to work).

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Re: Robin Hood Clips Commentary

Post by Kitty » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:22 am

I did it for you. Will watch soon.
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Re: Robin Hood Clips Commentary

Post by dachshundonstilts » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:41 pm

I've seen, I believe, five of Fairbanks' features. Enjoyed them all. Let's see, I've seen Robin Hood, The Thief of Bagdad, The Mark of Zorro, The Black Pirate, and The Three Musketeers. The last of these I probably enjoyed least, but it was interesting to see one of the musketeers played by Eugene Pallette, back when he was still slim enough to be an action hero.

The Black Pirate is cool because it's an early two-strip Technicolor and was filmed at the same time Mary Pickford was filming Sparrows. Mary makes an undetectable cameo in one shot as the heroine seen from the back.

The Mark of Zorro is kind of an essential part of Batman lore, because it's supposed to have been the movie young Bruce Wayne had just seen the night his parents were killed. You can see in the film where he gets the idea for the Batcave, and the neatest part is that in the early Batman serials Bruce has a secret exit from the cave through a grandfather clock -- exactly the way Zorro exits his secret lair.

The Thief of Bagdad I enjoyed most of all. Good fantasy and some great special effects for the time.

Can't say that much about Robin Hood. It was okay, but Errol Flynn's puts it to shame. (Can you believe Warner Brothers originally intended to cast James Cagney instead of Flynn?)

Fairbanks was a huge star during my grandfather's teenage years. Among his friends it was common to refer to him by the nearly-naughty Spoonerism "Fugless Darebanks."
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Re: Robin Hood Clips Commentary

Post by Kitty » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:44 am

I guess I forgot that Fairbanks was in Mark of Zorro and The Three Musketeers. I've seen both. I remember really loving Zorro.
dachshundonstilts wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:41 pm
The Mark of Zorro is kind of an essential part of Batman lore, because it's supposed to have been the movie young Bruce Wayne had just seen the night his parents were killed. You can see in the film where he gets the idea for the Batcave, and the neatest part is that in the early Batman serials Bruce has a secret exit from the cave through a grandfather clock -- exactly the way Zorro exits his secret lair.
I knew about the Batman/Zorro connection, but I didn't know that last part.
dachshundonstilts wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:41 pm
Can't say that much about Robin Hood. It was okay, but Errol Flynn's puts it to shame. (Can you believe Warner Brothers originally intended to cast James Cagney instead of Flynn?)
No, I cannot! Glad they used Erroll instead!
dachshundonstilts wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:41 pm
Among his friends it was common to refer to him by the nearly-naughty Spoonerism "Fugless Darebanks."
Interesting!! You don't hear a lot of that kind of stuff.
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Re: Robin Hood Clips Commentary

Post by Mrs. Danvers » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:56 am

I liked Thief of Bagdad, mostly because Anna Mae Wong was in it.

Crikey people, have you seen this little "gem". Only one word to describe it..ok three..mondo bizarro and unbelievable.

Coke Ennyday - The Mystery Of The Leaping Fish - 1916 Silent Film Starring Douglas Fairbanks and Bessie Love. Fairbanks as Coke Ennyday, a scientific detective with a huge drug habit who injects cocaine every chance he gets, he vibrates through the film looking "too" happy.

https://youtu.be/Wpx4ApT7-pk
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Re: Robin Hood Clips Commentary

Post by dachshundonstilts » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:03 am

Mrs. Danvers wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:56 am
I liked Thief of Bagdad, mostly because Anna Mae Wong was in it.

Crikey people, have you seen this little "gem". Only one word to describe it..ok three..mondo bizarro and unbelievable.

Coke Ennyday - The Mystery Of The Leaping Fish - 1916 Silent Film Starring Douglas Fairbanks and Bessie Love. Fairbanks as Coke Ennyday, a scientific detective with a huge drug habit who injects cocaine every chance he gets, he vibrates through the film looking "too" happy.

https://youtu.be/Wpx4ApT7-pk
That's pretty insane. I like it.
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