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Douglas Fairbanks - Father of all Film Swashbucklers!

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This page is dedicated to Douglas Fairbanks Sr., known as "The Great One" because of his Swashbuckling roles in film; with Dadbut, of course, we must also make mention of his son, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as well, who did a few swashbucklers himself.

Errol Flynn may be the King of the Hollywood Swashbucklers, but Douglas Fairbanks Sr has to be billed as the Father of all Swashbucklers, for it was he, single-handedly, who brought Swashbuckling to the world's attention. Before Mr. Fairbanks, there really was not "Swashbuckling" as we now know it (see my page on The History of Swashbuckling for more information).

Douglas was a very good comedy actor prior to 1920, when on vacation he happened to have read a magazine where they had just publised a story entitled "The Curse of Capistrano." It had much action that pleased Mr. Fairbanks, who's hero was none other than d'Artagnan. He thought that he could bring that story to the screen, and did so in 1920. Renaming the story "The Mark of Zorro," the Hollywood Swashbuckler was born!!!! Donning a fake moustache (for the style was clean shaven in those days - only fops and clowns wore moustaches, like Fairbanks' best friend Charlie Chaplin), Mr. Fairbanks caused a rather big sensation throughout the world!!!! Just afterwards, he starred in a comedy; but the public was sold on the fantastic new action film and the comedy was a flop!! After this, Mr. Fairbanks announced to the public that he was only going to make Swashbucklers from then on. 1921 saw his "The Three Musketeers," and also saw him donning a REAL moustache. Did the public panic over the new facial hair? Nay, but he actually started a trend!! We can see Hollywood films in the 1920's until the 1950's of actors wearing those thin "Swashbuckling" moustaches!!

With these new Swashbucklers, Mr. Fairbanks became known as "The Great One," and started producing such Swashbuckling classics as: The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood, The Gaucho, The Iron Mask, Don Q Son of Zorro, and more!! (you can purchase these movies in our official Douglas Fairbanks store!!)

Doug Sr. in Robin Hood, 1922

His son also starred in some really great Swashbucklers; among them are: The Corsican Brothers, The Fighting O'Flynn, Sinbad the Sailor, The Prisoner of Zenda, and more.

We should all thank the Fairbanks for their contributions to our hobby!!!!

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READ WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT DONAREE:

"Nicely done. I really enjoyed the history in the introduction and the duel is well written. Best of luck with the novel!" ~ Author David Lee Summers, author of five books: Vampires of the Scarlet Order, The Solar Sea, and the "Old Star" science fiction series: The Pirates of Sufiro, Children of the Old Stars, and Heirs of the New Earth. www.davidleesummers.com

"Very exciting read! Felt like I was there witnessing the action!" ~ Candle Artist Jfay,
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"I really enjoyed the humour and really laughed, not at Monsieur de la Donaree but with Monsieur de la Donaree! I dont know if you wrote it in this spirit but if you had a bit of Molière in you, I would not be surprised! He knew how to study people and would turn situations into a comic play! I laughed out loud, this is a gem! Not only de la Donaree is a fine sword, he has also a fine nose when it comes to pinpoint personalities, I'm talking about the Inkeeper and his situation with the wife here!! The second part is indeed in pure swashbuckling spirit, in rhythm and enthusiasm! And the end is a cliff-hanger! The beginning is "cocasse" (funny) as they might have said then in Gascony, and witty! Indeed Alexandre Dumas had a sense of humour too and satirically created at least one of his character ( in another book) to a character made up by Molière in one of his comic play. And Molière also took his inspiration from Dumas' s Musketeers and "The Man in the Iron Mask." I liked it! I had fun while reading this chapter about Monsieur de la Donaree, as while following the spirit of the Musketeers you gave a contemporary touch to the text!" ~ Artist Nicole Marques,
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"Hurrah, Ted! I gleefully await the next installment! LOVE the romantic stuff! Bring it on! There are few things in this world I like better than a hot Viscount. Keep going, Ted! Bravo! Keep writing! I can't wait to read more! But it is par for the course as I am also a writer. Keep in touch!" ~ Author Genella de Grey, author of "Remember Me."
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"Wow - What a wonderful beginning. As a whole, you have a unique way of writing & you captivated me by a few sentences peaking my interest to continue. For instance: ...hazed by the early morning mist...I love it! I look forward to reading the next chapter. You've gained my interest. That was impresive & informative. You've still got the hook in & I'm dangling to hear more. Thanks for the sneak peak." ~ Aspiring Author R.F.Taylor: Rianna

"Well done. Chapter One entices the reader craving more. I will look for The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer on the web. Keep up the excellent writing..." ~
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