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A selection of photos from "Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer"

1919 Forming UA

February 5, 1919: The formation of United Artists, from left to right: Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, DW Griffith and Mary Pickford.
February 5, 1919: The formation of United Artists, from left to right: Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, DW Griffith and Mary Pickford.

1921 Fairbanks Bros

The three Fairbanks brothers worked together their entire lives, building the entertainment industry, from the ground, up. Photo circa 1921.
The three Fairbanks brothers worked together their entire lives, building the entertainment industry, from the ground, up. Photo circa 1921.

1922 Egyptian Theatre

Fairbanks with his friend and frequent business partner, Sid Grauman, during construction of The Egyptian Theatre. Opening in 1922, the first feature shown was Fairbanks' blockbuster, ROBIN HOOD.
Fairbanks with his friend and frequent business partner, Sid Grauman, during construction of The Egyptian Theatre. Opening in 1922, the first feature shown was Fairbanks' blockbuster, ROBIN HOOD.

1924 Thief of Bagdad

Fairbanks, instructing extras on the set of 1924's THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.
Fairbanks, instructing extras on the set of 1924's THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.

1924 Barrymore

Fairbanks with life-long buddy and fellow "Merry Prankster" of early film years, John Barrymore. Photo circa 1924.
Fairbanks with life-long buddy and fellow "Merry Prankster" of early film years, John Barrymore. Photo circa 1924.

1935 Niven & Zanuck

This 1935 photo, taken at Fairbanks' Santa Monica beach house with David Niven (l) and Darryl Zannuck (r) shows the influence Fairbanks wielded within the entertainment industry, after his retirement from active film making in 1932. Fairbanks was sought out by the younger generation of filmmakers, eager to hear what Fairbanks would suggest, in his characteristic generosity of freely sharing his expertise, for the betterment of all.
This 1935 photo, taken at Fairbanks' Santa Monica beach house with David Niven (l) and Darryl Zannuck (r) shows the influence Fairbanks wielded within the entertainment industry, after his retirement from active film making in 1932. Fairbanks was sought out by the younger generation of filmmakers, eager to hear what Fairbanks would suggest, in his characteristic generosity of freely sharing his expertise, for the betterment of all.

Reviews

What they’re saying about The Fourth Musketeer…

“The original book was informative, but lacked the visual punch of more modern “coffee table” books. This defect is corrected by the publication of this stunning, and I do mean stunning, anniversary publication.The original text is now illustrated with a myriad of rare images, many not previously published, or not published since the 1920’s. It is a visual feast…. The layout of the book is quite simply magnificent and you get to see rare photos and rare items like the spreads showing the deluxe programs for Robin Hood (1922) and The Thief of Bagdad (1924) when Fairbanks was at his peak both physically and artistically.”

“Publisher Rowan & Littlefield’s new edition of their classic Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer … gives a new generation an invaluable opportunity to step back in time and discover how movie stars and moguls were made in an era before digital effects and global entertainment conglomerates. As the original action hero and swashbuckler in such films as The Mark of Zorro (1920), The Three Musketeers (1921), Robin Hood (1922) and The Thief of Bagdad (1924), Fairbanks set a bar for which even present-day action stars continue to strive.”

Wade Major

 

“Originally published in 1953, the newest edition of The Fourth Musketeer has been taken to the next level by Kelley Smoot, daughter of Letitia Fairbanks. Numerous rarely seen photographs that create visuals to go along with the text have been added, many coming from archival collections and family archives. In addition, Smoot’s carefully researched photo captions provide even greater insight into the already rich history of Fairbanks’ life and career. Smoot has also re-packaged the book in a new sleek design with an iconic image of Fairbanks sitting atop a roof with his bow and arrow like a modern day Robin Hood on the front cover, making it a great book to add to your coffee table or shelf display.”

Elizabeth Lynn

The Fourth Musketeer arrives at Basecamp Gallery, Wimberley

Basecamp Gallery, Wimberley Texas

Copies of Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer are now available at Basecamp Gallery in Wimberley, Texas. If you haven’t yet discovered the magical space photographer Rodney Bursiel has created at Basecamp, you owe it to yourself to stop and check it out. Bring some friends and share either a bottle of wine, or one of the curated, hand-crafted brews that are offered. And if you’ve never tasted collected rainwater before, you’ll be in for a real treat when you quaff your thirst on a 16 oz tall-boy can of Richard’s Rainwater, locally-harvested rainwater, filtered and bottled.