Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (1909-2000) was not only the son of the silent screen’s most beloved hero Douglas Fairbanks Sr., but also quite a legendary screen star in his own right. I never got to meet him in person, although I’m happy to say a request for an interview sent to his office was welcomed warmly and in the end, it resulted in a phone interview in August 1999. So I got to call him at his New York apartment, and what a tremendous joy it was. I did hope however that he would allow me to come over, and in that case I’d fly from Europe to New York with the sole purpose of interviewing him. That’s also what I wrote in my first letter to him.
In his kind and warm response, Mr. Fairbanks wrote, ‘I am flattered indeed to read that you are considering a trip to New York to interview me. Although I would be happy to speak with you, I wonder if you wouldn’t be just as happy to interview me on the telephone? I leave that decision to you.’ Since film has always been some sort of a vocation to me, I have crossed the Atlantic on a regular basis during the past 35 years, always with one, single purpose in mind: to interview actors and filmmakers, and talk about their work and their craft. That’s what I do, that’s who I am. So when I got to talk to Mr. Fairbanks on the phone—courtesy of Mrs. Fairbanks—I still hoped that some day soon we would be able to continue our conversation in New York. I also told him so, and I asked him if he would greenlight this request. ‘By all means,’ he said. Sadly, it didn’t work out, since Mrs. Fairbanks didn’t think it was a good idea. A decision I always understood and respected: I’m sure she had her reasons to turn down my one-on-one interview request—along with a huge box of the most delicious Belgian chocolates I would have loved to have given her as a token of my sincere appreciation.
Over twenty years later now, I wanted to update my interview with Mr. Fairbanks which back then was published in a Dutch-language film monthly, but horror of horrors, the cassette tape with Mr. Fairbanks’ phone interview didn’t stand the test of time too well. I went through it a couple of times, and the audio is of such poor quality that it’s very tough to reproduce a complete transcript of the interview. Fortunately I was able to pick up quite a number of quotes when he reminisced about people he worked with or that he knew over the years.
So I had to work my way around it, just to prevent that this interview with him would merely turn into a short biography of his career as a leading man up until the late 1940s and early 1950s. That was a challenge, but for me personally, I will always be honored to say that I spoke with him, it was a privilege that he spent twenty minutes of his life on the phone with me, and in truth, with a family tree and personal history as his, how far back can you go in film history?
Prior to our conversation, I had read the two fascinating volumes of his autobiography that he had written, “My Salad Days” (1988) and “A Hell of a War” (1993), covering his colorful life until the mid-1940s. And it needs to be said, this charismatic and versatile film personality was a real survivor: as one of the very few actors still around (back then) who made his screen debut in the early 1920s, he later on also became a pioneer in television as a producer and host of his own successful series “Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents,” a London-based anthology series made for American TV, in the 1950s.
Mr. Fairbanks was born in New York City on December 9, 1909 as the son of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. (1883-1939) and his first wife Anna Beth Sully (1888-1967), the daughter of a wealthy cotton king. At that time his father was already an established Broadway star, admired for the same qualities that would make him a screen hero—he was the prototype of the idealized image of the American male. In 1915, when Mr. Fairbanks Jr. was 6, his father left the New York stage and headed for Los Angeles where he was offered a generous contract by the Triangle Film Corporation. Subsequently young Douglas went back and forth from New York to California with his mother over the next few years. He saw his father’s rise to fame and he often went to see his films in the theater. ‘There was never a moment in my life when I suddenly realized he was famous,’ Mr. Fairbanks said, ‘I just think I grew up with that realization. But I admired him enourmously. When I was young, I didn’t see him that often and we weren’t very close, but during his final years, we were.’
His parents divorced in 1918 and since then, he was raised by his mother while his father, the screen’s top box office attraction for many years to come, founded United Artists in 1919 with Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and America’s Sweetheart and wife-to-be Mary Pickford (1892-1979)—another box office sensation of the silent era. Whenever the younger Fairbanks was in California during his teens, he resided at Pickfair, the 18 acres estate in Beverly Hills where his father lived with his stepmother: they were both considered to be Hollywood’s uncrowned royalty, making Young Doug the undisputed Hollywood prince. Keeing their box office charts in mind, the Fairbankses ranked among the most popular screen stars of the silent era.
Douglas Fairbanks’ ratings in the list of top money making stars looked like this (year followed by his rank): 1916 8; 1917 1; 1918 1; 1919 2; 1920 4; 1921 2; 1922 2; 1923 3; 1924 4; 1925 5; 1926 8; 1927 13; 1928 17.
Mary Pickford’s ratings were as follows: 1912 12; 1913 15; 1914 3; 1915 2; 1916 2; 1917 4; 1918 2; 1919 3; 1920 6; 1921 1; 1922 1; 1923 4; 1924 7; 1925 4; 1926 7; 1927 23; 1928 18 (source: Quigley Publishing Company).
Pickfair was located at 1143 Summit Drive, Beverly Hills; the mansion was demolished in 1990 for which then-owners, actress Pia Zadora and her husband, faced harsh criticism—including from Mr. Fairbanks—although to this day there are still a few remaining artifacts, including the front gate to the estate, the pool and the pool house.
In those days he witnessed his father filming “Robin Hood” (1922), and during the weekends he visited with his friends the massive medieval sets on the backlot of the Pickford-Fairbanks studios on Santa Monica Boulevard. “After we had played touch football or softball, we’d come out and go climbing around on the sets when nobody was watching,” Mr. Fairbanks said.
He then spent a year in Paris with his mother where he saw Sarah Bernhardt on the stage on the closing night of her final play—‘An impressive event,’ he remembered—and although he had no real ambition of becoming a screen actor like his father, he was lured into films by Paramount founder, executive and producer Jesse L. Lasky who offered him at age 13 a staggering $1,000 a week for his screen debut “Stephen Steps Out” (1923). The film wasn’t quite successful, so Lasky did not pick up another option. ‘Later on, he signed me up again for $100 a week and suggested I’d do anything that came along,’ Mr. Fairbanks said.
He fared much better with films as “The Air Mail” (1925), playing the juvenile lead with Mary Brian, opposite Warner Baxter and Billie Dove. “At the time, I was only 16 and wasn’t old enough to realize who Billie Dove really was, or whether she was a good or a bad actress. But I remember she was very beautiful and nice to me,” he said. His next film, Henry King’s original film version of “Stella Dallas” (1925), based on the popular novel by Olive Higgins Prouty, seemed to be a major step forward. In this solid ‘woman’s movie,’ he portrayed the charming society lad who married Stella Dallas’ daughter at the end of the film—this was the famous scene when Stella, forlorn and forgotten, stands outside in the rain, watching the wedding ceremony through a window. ‘Henry King was an impatient, but very good director, and his instructions were clear and precise, almost like a schoolteacher,’ Mr. Fairbanks said.
Still, he accepted any part that came his way or, in between acting assignments, he wrote titles for two silent films at $250 a picture, and was test director on “The Gaucho” (1927), his father’s last large-scale costume film with Mary Pickford, co-starring Lupe Velez who later became known as the Mexican Spitfire.
He got his first straight leading role in Frank Capra’s “The Power of the Press” (1928) at Columbia, back then a scrawny Poverty Row company ran by Harry Cohn. Mr. Fairbanks: ‘He was known to be coarse, vulgar, egocentric and brutal, quite the opposite of Jack L. Warner for example. He too was a tough businessman, but he was relaxed and kind, and could tell jokes.’
What about the other studio moguls, like Louis B. Mayer? ‘He was the most powerful and most dictatorial of them all. I’m glad I only worked there occasionaly, because I would have been terrified. Irving G. Thalberg [Mayer’s head of production from 1925 until his death in 1937] was quite the opposite: he was a very intelligent and sympathetic man, and easy to work with. Maybe also because he was married to [MGM actress] Norma Shearer which probably gave him an inside view from another perspective.’
One of the MGM films that Mr. Fairbanks referred to, was Clarence Brown’s “A Woman of Affairs” (1929), shot at a time when he became more ambitious and began to emerge as a star. He played Greta Garbo’s younger brother, opposite John Gilbert and Lewis Stone. The film proved to be another triumph; on the set he was the go-between, delivering messages from John Gilbert to ‘G.G.’ as their on-and-off relationship continued throughout the shooting of this film (in all, Garbo and Gilbert appeared in four films together).
That same year he married actress Joan Crawford; both were young promising actors and MGM quickly capitalized on their union, pairing them in “Our Modern Maidens” (1929), one of his final silent films. ‘The coming of sound never bothered me, in fact I was looking forward to it,’ Mr. Fairbanks said, ‘nor did it bother my father or my stepmother. We all had theatrical experience, my father had been on the stage for several years, so there was no need to be worried.’
As he adjusted to sound easily, Jack L. Warner offered him a long-term contract and a string of very interesting films were coming up. Among them were Howard Hawks’ “The Dawn Patrol” (1930), a fascinating story of a beleaguered British air squadron in WW1 France, co-starring Richard Barthelmess, and “Little Ceasar” (1931), one of Warner Bros.’ most prestigious gangster films about a small-time hood who becomes an underworld big-shot (Edward G. Robinson portrayed Caesar Enrico Bandello, Mr. Fairbanks played a gigolo). ‘Eddie Robinson got typecast as the tough guy, but no gentler man ever walked on this planet. He hated being villainous, but it paid so well that he was able to acquire one of the finest private collections of modern art,’ Mr. Fairbanks remembered.
On the strength of these films, Warner Bros. offered him a new contract and gave him more creative imput which resulted in excellent performances in some of the best films of the decade, including “Morning Glory” (1933) starring Katharine Hepburn as the stagestruck young woman who tries to succeed in New York (she earned her first of three Academy Awards for her performance), with Mr. Fairbanks co-starring as a young playwright, and in “Catherine the Great” (1934), he played Czar Peter III opposite Elisabeth Bergner in the title role. Said Mr. Fairbanks, ‘”Morning Glory” was a smashing success. Although I performed my assignment as good as could be, most people have forgotten that I played a leading role in the film. Adolphe Menjou was also swamped by the Hepburn tidal wave. Kate was so great in every way that I really didn’t mind, but Menjou was as mad as one of his elegant hatters. Kate and I became great friends and I still keep in touch with her over the phone.’
As for the British-made “Catherine the Great,” Mr. Fairbanks remembers, ‘I have seldom had a character part as fine as Czar Peter III and I think I rarely performed any part so well. In retrospect I think some scenes were clearly but subconsciously influenced by my admiration for John Barrymore.’
His marriage with Miss Crawford ended in 1933; as he looked back, he said, ‘Joan set a good example with her dedication and conscientiousness for her work. Even when she was a star, she took voice lessons and drama courses. She always wanted to improve herself, she never sat back or took her success for granted.’
On the other hand, after his divorce, he and his father became very close for the first time. Over the years, his father took little interest in his son’s career and Mr. Fairbanks Jr. carved his own way through the Hollywood jungle, with all the advantages and disadvantages of bearing the same name as his illustrious father. In 1933 his father had separated from Mary Pickford and by January 1936 they were divorced. Two months later he married Lady Sylvia Ashley and announced his retirement from acting. On December 13, 1939, he died in his sleep of a heart attack at age 56 in his Santa Monica home. In the late 1930s both father and son discussed the possibilities of appearing in a film together, dealing with the story of Alexander the Great, but unfortunately it never happened.
Mr. Fairbanks Sr. was not only the silent screen’s most beloved hero, he was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Science, and was elected the first AMPAS president from 1927 until 1929. ‘My father originally shared the idea of the Academy with Louis B. Mayer. He wanted to give serious recognition each year by investing the money derived from the tickets for the ceremony in further motion picture research and development. When the annual events began to show signs of becoming vaudeville shows that encouraged film companies to lobby for their own products, he objected and protested, but to no avail. He then stopped trying, and retired to a comparative back seat,’ Mr. Fairbanks said.
It is also very striking that, while several less notable figures were honored (actors, cameramen, writers, etc.), his father was completely overlooked by the Academy, as were Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Garbo, John Barrymore, Marlene Dietrich and so many others. Mr. Fairbanks Jr. commented by saying, ‘A few months after my father had passed away, he was posthumously honored with an Oscar with the inscription ‘Commemorative Award Recognizing the Unique and Outstanding Contribution of Douglas Fairbanks—First President of the Academy—To the International Development of the Motion Picture—1939.’ I always thought the citation was inadequate and far beneath what he had achieved, and most importantly, it was only considered after his death. Despite all this, the Oscar still stands on a table in my apartment—in fact, as I’m speaking with you now, I’m looking at it.’
In the meantime, Mr. Fairbanks’ career in films continued successfully; he left Warners in 1934 to freelance, making several pictures in England before scoring another triumph as villain Rupert of Hentzau in David O. Selznick’s elaborate remake of “The Prisoner of Zenda” (1937). Mr. Fairbanks, ‘My part was so good, my father had said that nobody had ever failed in it and that Lassie, the dog, could even play it. He was right.’ Of all five screen versions (1913, 1922, 1937, 1952 and 1979), this one was definitely the most brilliant one with Ronald Colman and Mary Astor in the other leading roles.
Two years later he co-starred with Cary Grant and Victor McLaglen in George Stevens’ masterpiece “Gunga Din” (1939), regarded by many as the ultimate Hollywood action-adventure picture up until then, focusing on three soldier-comrades in 19th century India. ‘I was under contract at RKO to do one more picture. One day Cary Grant asked me if I wanted to play in something called “Gunga Din,” inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s “Soldiers Three.” When I asked him which part he intended to play, he answered, ‘Whichever part you don’t want.’ He just wanted us to be together in this so badly. He said, ‘I think the two of us, plus old [Victor] McLaglen as our top sergeant, will make this picture more than just another big special.’ We finally settled the matter by tossing a coin. That’s how I became Sergeant Ballantyne who wants to leave the Army for Joan Fontaine, and Cary became Sergeant Cutter. Until he died, Grant and I always addressed each other as Cutter and Ballantine,’ Mr. Fairbanks remembered.
“Gunga Din” (1939), trailer
“Gunga Din” was shot in the California desert at Lone Pine, where the setting was much like India’s Northwest Frontier. For years the running time of the film was 96 minutes, until it was archivally restored to 117 minutes.
During the 1930s, Mr. Fairbanks had an enormous film output. From 1930 until 1935, he appeared in 25 films—mostly leading roles—but, as he said, there was a reason for that. ‘The studios had to make enough films to supply their theaters. Many theaters needed two feature films and they changed every week. So the studios had a big production schedule, and several of them had to turn out one picture every week.’
Other noteworthy action-adventure films following the success of “Gunga Din” include “Rulers of the Sea” (1939) about the first steamship voyage across the Atlantic, “The Sun Never Sets” (1939), a highly enjoyable drama of two British brothers, played by Mr. Fairbanks and Basil Rathbone, who are trying to prevent the outbreak of World War 2 in Africa, and last but not least, before he went on active duty for the U.S. Navy, “The Corsican Brothers” (1941) with Mr. Fairbanks in a delightful dual role of swashbuckling twins who are separated but spiritually are still tied.
After this film and six weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor, he joined the U.S. Navy and left behind his wife Mary Lee and daughter Daphne, as well as a flourishing career in Hollywood, to serve with great distinction as a Lieutenant Commander aboard the battleship USS Washington and the cruiser USS Wichita; he was also sent on a special mission to Malta aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp and participated in several combined Anglo-American operations. For his services, the war hero received numerous medals and decorations, among others the Legion of Merit, the Italian War Cross for Military Valor, the French Legion d’Honneur and the Croix de Guerre, the Distinghuished Service Cross and Belgium’s Order of the Crown. In 1949 the British knighted him for ‘furthering Anglo-American amity.’
After the war, just a few days before he was formally demobilized and permitted to wear civilian clothes again, he and his wife attended a dance in a tent, hosted by skating star Sonja Henie. There he met his former wife Joan Crawford again for the first time in years. As his friends all said to him, ‘Ah good, you’re back, safe and sound!’—he expected her to say a similar word of welcome. As she embraced him warmly, she said, ‘Darling! I suppose you haven’t heard, you don’t know, do you? I’m no longer with MGM, I’m with Warner Brothers now!’ Nevertheless he was welcomed by Hollywood with open arms.
His first film after the war, “Sinbad the Sailor” (1947), which in many ways reminded of the early silent films, was based on the original “Arabian Nights” story. Mr. Fairbanks said, ‘”Sinbad” was indeed like a silent film, with lots of action and adventure. There were a lot of ballet movements in the film, I even had a ballet teacher coaching me on many of them.’ With his title role, measuring up to the flamboyance required to make Sinbad a fictional hero and adopting some of his father’s larger-than-life gestures and mannerisms, he made the film hugely successful and after several years of absence, he was immediately back on the right track.
However, after producing, co-writing and appearing in Max Ophuls’ “The Exile” (1947), the romantic action thriller “The Flying O’Flynn” (1949), and another box office winner “That Lady in Ermine” (1948), a musical directed by Ernst Lubitsch (who died during production which was finished by Otto Preminger without any break in style), Mr. Fairbanks’ interest in filmmaking began to wane. ‘Because of the war, I had been away for many years. When I came back, a lot had changed, the audience had changed, there were new actors coming up, it was a different time,’ he said.
Being a genuine and avowed Anglophile, he and his family moved to England where he resided until the early 1970s. Through his own production company, he produced, hosted and often appeared in the successful TV anthology series “Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents” (1952-57). Each of the 117 episodes ran for half an hour, but they took several weeks to prepare and they were all shot at Elstree Studios near London. Each episode could take anywhere from two to four days to shoot.
One episode in particular, “The Awakening” (1954), reunited him with Buster Keaton. They worked together in the Hollywood-shot French-language version of “The Passionate Plumber” (1932, a.k.a. “Le plombier amoureaux”), with Keaton in the leading role and Mr. Fairbanks producing the film. ‘I don’t remember too many details, I just remember doing it. I am bilingual and as a company gesture, MGM asked me if I could do a picture in French.’
Mr. Fairbanks had met Buster Keaton several times before, but they were not closely acquainted. ‘I had known him only slightly, it was at the time of his marriage to Natalie Talmadge. Later, when he agreed to act in “The Awakening,” I got to know him better but I never had the good fortune to know him really well.’ Buster Keaton was married to Natalie Talmadge from 1921 till 1932; she was one of the three Talmadge sisters, all leading actresses during the silent era (the others were Norma and Constance).
Mr. Fairbanks then moved back to the U.S. (first to Florida, then New York), appeared on the stage (including “My Fair Lady,” 1968-69) and he made one more film, “Ghost Story” (1981), a horror tale based on Peter Straub’s bestseller, with contemporaries Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas and John Houseman.
Being a diplomat for several decades, he served on the Council of Foreign Relations since 1959 and has frequently lectured around the world. His second wife Mary Lee Epling was known for her work with hospice organizations and as a dedicated sponsor of charity benefits. In 1991 he married home shopping network merchandiser Vera Shelton.
As I said, Mr. Fairbanks was a real survivor. He always remembered and appreciated Ms. Pickford’s unselfish attempts to bring both father and son Fairbanks together in friendship, and in the 1990s he lost close friends, such as Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers (Mary Pickford’s husband from 1937 until her death in 1979), Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo—at the end of our interview, Mr. Fairbanks told an interesting anecdote, when he drove Garbo home one night after they had been invited to a party hosted by German actor Emil Jannings; that was at the time when they made “A Woman of Affairs” (1929) at MGM. She had too much to drink, and when he took her home, he thought, ‘Here is my chance?’ But, as he said, ‘She was so very nice, so I behaved like a gentleman, and when we arrived at her home, I only whispered, ‘Good night.’’
“A Woman of Affairs” was Ms. Garbo’s seventh film out of the twenty-six she made while in Hollywood. By then she was already at the height of her power and was well-protected by MGM. Mr. Fairbanks, ‘When we were on the set and it was almost five o’clock in the afternoon, she usually walked up to the director and told him, ‘I tired. I tienk I go home.’ And nobody on the set was willing to argue with her.’
As a New York resident in his final decades, Mr. Fairbanks still went out frequently, went to the theater and followed what was going on in the film industry—a business that certainly may be grateful for the enormous contribution he and his family made over the years and which goes back to the days when film was still at its infant stage—over a century ago.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. died May 7, 2000, at age 90 at a New York hospital following a heart attack. He was survived by his third wife and his three daughters from his second marriage to Mary Lee Epling (their union lasted from 1939 until her death in 1988 at age 76).
He was interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, in the same tomb as his father.
AMERICAN ARISTOCRACY (1916) DIR Lloyd Ingraham SCR (story by Anita Loos) CAM Victor Fleming CAST Douglas Fairbanks, Jewel Carmen, C.A. de Lima, Albert Parker, Artie Ortego, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Newsboy [uncredited])
THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1921) DIR Fred Niblo PROD Douglas Fairbanks SCR (adaptation by Edward Knoblock; book “The Three Musketeers” by Alexander Dumas) CAM Arthur Edeson ED Nellie Mason MUS Louis F. Gottschalk CAST Douglas Fairbanks, Adolphe Menjou, Mary MacLaren, Barbara La Marr, Eugene Pallette, Nigel De Brulier, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Boy [uncredited])
STEPHEN STEPS OUT (1923) DIR Joseph Henabery SCR Edfrid A. Bingham (story “The Grand Cross of the Desert” by Richard Harding Davis) CAM Faxon M. Dean CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Stephen Harlow Jr.), Theodore Roberts, Noah Beery, Harry Myers, Frank Currier, James O. Barrows
THE AIR MAIL (1925) DIR Irvin Willat SCR James Shelley Hamilton (story by Byron Morgan) CAM Alfred Gilks CAST Warner Baxter, Billie Dove, Mary Brian, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Sandy), George Irving, Richard Tucker, Guy Oliver, Lee Shumray
WILD HORSE MESA (1925) DIR George B. Seitz SCR (screen story by Lucien Hubbard; novel by Zane Grey) CAM Bert Glennon CAST Jack Holt, Noah Beery, Billie Dove, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Chess Weymer), George Magrill, George Irving, Edith Murgatroyd, Gary Cooper, Eugene Pallette
STELLA DALLAS (1925) DIR Henry King PROD Sam Goldwyn SCR (adaptation by Frances Marion; novel by Olive Higgins Prouty) CAM Arthur Edeson ED Stuart Heisler MUS Herman Rosen CAST Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett, Alice Joyce, Jean Hersholt, Lois Moran, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Richard Grosvenor), Beatrix Pryor, Vera Lewis
THE AMERICAN VENUS (1926) DIR Frank Tuttle SCR Frederick Stowers (story by Townsend Martin) CAM J. Roy Hunt CAST Esther Ralston, Ford Sterling, Lawrence Gray, Fay Lanphier, Louise Brooks, Edna May Oliver, Kenneth MacKenna, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Triton)
PADLOCKED (1926) DIR Allan Dwan SCR (adaptation by Becky Gardiner; novel by Rex Beach) CAM James Wong Howe CAST Lois Moran, Louise Dresser, Noah Beery, Helen Jerome Eddy, Allan Simpson, Florence Turner, Alan Hale, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Sonny Galloway)
BROKEN HEARTS OF HOLLYWOOD (1926) DIR Lloyd Bacon SCR (story by Raymond L. Schrock, Edward Clark) CAM Virgil Miller ED Clarence Kolster CAST Patsy Ruth Miller, Louise Dresser, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Hal Terwilliger), Jerry Miley, Stuart Holmes, Barbara Worth, Dick Sutherland
MAIN BAIT (1927) DIR Donald Crisp SCR (adaptation by Douglas Z. Doty; story by Norman Houston) CAM Harold Rosson CAST Marie Prevost, Kenneth Thompson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Jeff Sanford), Louis Natheaux, Eddie Gribbon, Betty Francisco, Adda Gleason
WOMEN LOVE DIAMONDS (1927) DIR Edmund Goulding SCR Lorna Moon (adaptation by Waldemar Young; story by Edmund Goulding) CAM Ray Binger ED Hugh Wynn CAST Pauline Starke, Owen Moore, Lionel Barrymore, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Jerry Croker-Kelley), Gwen Lee, Cissy Fitzgerald
IS ZAT SO? (1927) DIR – PROD Alfred E. Green SCR Philip Klein (play by James Gleason, Richard Taber) CAM George Schneiderman CAST George O’Brien, Edmund Lowe, Katherine Perry, Cyril Chadwick, Doris Lloyd, Diane Ellis, Richard Maitland, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (G. Clifton Blackburn)
A TEXAS STEER (1927) DIR Richard Wallace PROD Sam E. Rork SCR Bernard McConville (adaptation by Paul Schofield) CAM Jack MacKenzie ED Frank Lawrence CAST Will Rogers, Louise Fazenda, Lilyan Tashman, Ann Rork, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Farleigh Bright), George F. Marion, Mack Swain
DEAD MAN’S CURVE (1928) DIR Richard Rosson SCR (adaptation by Ewart Adamson; story by Frank Richardson Pierce) CAM Philip Tannura ED Ewart Adamson CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Vernon Keith), Sally Blane, Charles Byer, Kit Guard, Byron Douglas, Jim Mason, Joel McCrea
MODERN MOTHERS (1928) DIR Phil Rosen PROD Harry Cohn SCR Peter Milne (also story) CAM Joseph Walker ED Ben Pivar CAST Helene Chadwick, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (David Starke), Ethel Grey Terry, Barbara Kent, Alan Roscoe, Gene Stone, George Irving
THE TOILERS (1928) DIR Reginald Barker PROD John M. Stahl SCR Gordon Rigby (also story) CAM Ernest Miller ED Robert Kern CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Steve), Jobyna Ralston, Harvey Clark, Wade Boteler, Robert Ryan, Verlyn Sumner
THE BARKER (1928) DIR George Fitzmaurice PROD Richard A. Rowland, Al Rockett SCR Benjamin Glazer (play by Kenyon Nicholson) CAM Lee Garmes ED Stuart Heisler MUS Louis Silvers CAST Milton Sills, Dorothy Mackaill, Betty Compson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Chris Miller), Sylvia Ashton, George Cooper, S.S. Simon
THE POWER OF THE PRESS (1928) DIR Frank Capra PROD Jack Cohn SCR Sonya Levien, Fred Thompson (story by Fred Thompson) CAM Chester A. Lyons, Ted Tetzlaff ED Frank Atkinson, Arthur Roberts CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Clem Rogers), Jobyna Ralston, Mildred Harris, Philo McCulloug, Wheeler Oakman, Robert Edeson, Dell Henderson
A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS (1928) DIR Clarence Brown SCR (story and novel by Michael Arlen) CAM William H. Daniels ED Hugh Wynn CAST Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone, Johnny Mac Brown, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Jeffry Merrick), Hobart Bosworth, Gertrude Astor
THE JAZZ AGE (1929) DIR Lynn Shores SCR Paul Gangelin CAM Theodore J. Pahle ED Ann McKnight MUS Josiah Zuro CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Steve Maxwell), Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall, Myrtle Stedman, Gertrude Messinger, Joel McCrea, William Bechtel
FAST LIFE (1929) DIR John Francis Dillon SCR John F. Goodrich (play by Samuel Shipman, John B. Hymer) CAM Faxon M. Dean ED Ralph Holt CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Douglas Stratton), Loretta Young, Chester Morris, William Holden, Frank Sheridan, Ray Hallor, John St. Polis
OUR MODERN MAIDENS (1929) DIR Jack Conway PROD Jack Conway, Hunt Stromberg SCR (story by Josephine Lovett) CAM Oliver T. Marsh ED Sam Zimbalist MUS Arthur Lange CAST Joan Crawford, Rod LaRocque, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Gil), Anita Page, Josephine Dunn, Edward J. Nugent, Albert Gran
THE CARELESS AGE (1929) DIR John Griffith Wray SCR (adaptation by Harrison Macklyn; play by John Van Druten) CAM Alvin Knechtel, Ben F. Reynolds MUS David Mendoza, Leonid S. Leonardi CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Wyn Hayward), Carmel Myers, Holmes Herbert, Kenneth Thomson, Loretta Young, George Baker, Wilfred Noy, Doris Lloyd
THE FORWARD PASS (1929) DIR Edward F. Cline SCR Howard Emmett Rogers (story by Harvey Gates) CAM Arthur L. Todd ED Ralph Holt CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Marty Reid), Loretta Young, Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams, Marion Byron, Phyllis Crane, Bert Rome, Lane Chandler, John Wayne
SHOW OF SHOWS (1929) DIR John G. Adolfi PROD Darryl F. Zanuck SCR Frank Fay, J. Keirn Brennan CAM Barney McGill CAST Frank Fay, William Courtenay, H.B. Warner, Hobart Bosworth, John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Richard Barthelmess, Noah Beery, Monte Blue, Betty Compson, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello, Viola Dana, Sally Eilers, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Ambrose in “Bicycle Built For Two” Number), Louise Fazenda, Lupino Lane, Frances Lane, Beatrice Lillie, Myrna Loy, Patsy Ruth Miller, Ann Sothern, Ben Turpin, Lois Wilson, Loretta Young
PARTY GIRL (1930) DIR – PROD Victor Halperin [Rex Hale] SCR Monte M. Katterjohn, Victor Halperin, George Draney (novel by Edwin Balmer) CAM Robert Newhard, Henry Cronjager ED Russell F. Schoengarth CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Jay Rountree), Jeanette Loff, Judith Barrie, Marie Prevost, John St. Polis, Sammy Blum, Harry Northrup, Almeda Flower
LOOSE ANKLES (1930) DIR Ted Wilde SCR (play by Sam Janney) CAM Arthur L. Todd CAST Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Gil Hayden), Louise Fazenda, Otis Harlan, Daphne Pollard, Edward J. Nugent, Inez Courtney
THE DAWN PATROL (1930) DIR Howard Hawks PROD Robert North SCR (adaptation by Howard Hawks, Seton I. Miller, Dan Totheroh; story “The Flight Commander” by John Monk Saunders) CAM Ernest Haller ED Ray Curtiss MUS Rex Dunn CAST Richard Bartelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Douglas Scott), Neil Hamilton, Frank McHugh, Clyde Cook, James Finlayson, Gardner James, Howard Hawks
LITTLE ACCIDENT (1930) DIR William James Craft PROD Carl Laemmle Jr. SCR Gladys Lehman (adaptation by Gene Towne; play by Thomas Mitchell; novel “The Little Accident” by Floyd Dell) CAM Roy Overbaugh ED Harry W. Lieb CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Norman Overbeck), Anita Page, Sally Blane, Zasu Pitts, Joan Marsh, Roscoe Karns, Slim Summerville, Henry Armetta
THE WAY OF ALL MEN (1930) DIR – PROD Frank Lloyd SCR (adaptation by Bradley King; play by Henning Berger) CAM Sidney Hickox ED Ray Curtiss CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Billy Bear), Dorothy Revier, Noah Beery, Robert Edeson, Anders Randolf, Ivan F. Simpson, William Orlamond
OUTWARD BOUND (1930) DIR Robert Milton PROD Jack L. Warner SCR Sutton Vane, J. Grubb Alexander CAM Hal Mohr ED Ralph Dawson CAST Leslie Howard, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Henry), Helen Chandler, Beryl Mercer, Dudley Digges, Alec B. Francis, Montagu Love, Lyonel Watts
ONE NIGHT AT SUSIE’S (1930) DIR John Francis Dillon SCR Kathryn Scola, Forrest Halsey (story by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan) CAM Ernest Haller ED Frank Ware CAST Billie Dove, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Dick Rollins), Helen Ware, Tully Marshall, James Crane, John Loder, Claude Fleming
LITTLE CAESAR (1931) DIR Mervyn LeRoy PROD Hal B. Wallis, Darryl F. Zanuck SCR Francis Edward Faragoh, Robert N. Lee (novel by W.R. Burnett) CAM Tony Gaudio ED Ray Curtiss CAST Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Joe Massara), Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr., Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Ince, Thomas E. Jackson, Stanley Fields
L’AVIATEUR (1931) DIR John Daumery PROD Irving Asher SCR Paul d’Estournelles de Constant (play by James Montgomery) CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Alain), Jeanne Helbling, Geymond Vital, Rolla Norman, Jacques Lory, Léon Larive
CHANCES (1931) DIR Allan Dwan SCR (adaptation by Waldemar Young; novel by A. Hamilton Gibbs) CAM Ernest Haller ED Ray Curtiss CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Jack Ingleside), Rose Hobart, Anthony Bushell, Holmes Herbert, Mary Forbes, Edmund Breon, Harry Allen
I LIKE YOUR NERVE (1931) DIR William C. McGann SCR Roland Pertwee (adaptation by Houston Branch) CAM Ernest Haller ED Peter Fritch MUS David Mendoza CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Larry O’Brien), Loretta Young, Henry Kolker, Claud Allister, Edmund Breon, Boris Karloff
UNION DEPOT (1932) DIR Alfred E. Green SCR Walter DeLeon, Kenyon Nicholson (play by Gene Fowler, Joe Laurie Jr.) CAM Sol Polito ED Jack Killifer CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Chick Miller), Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, Alan Hale, David Landau, George Rosener, Earle Foxe, Frank McHugh, Adrienne Dore, Frank Coghlan Jr., Jason Robards Sr.
IT’S TOUGH TO BE FAMOUS (1932) DIR Alfred E. Green SCR (adaptation by Robert Lord; story “The Goldfish Bowl” by Mary McCall) CAM Byron Haskin, Sol Polito ED Ray Curtiss CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Scott ‘Scotty’ McClenahan), Mary Brian, Harold Minjir, Emma Dunn, Walter Catlett, David Landau, Oscar Apfel, Terrance Ray, J. Carrol Naish
L’ATHLÈTE INCOMPLET (1932) DIR Claude Autant-Lara SCR Valentin Mandelstamm (play by J.C. Nugent) CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Fred Miller), Jeannette Ferney, Barbara Leonard, Carrie Daumery, Mathilde Comont, George Davis, Jean Del Val, Jean Delmour
LOVE IS A RACKET (1932) DIR William A. Wellman SCR (adaptation by Courtney Terrett; novel by Rian James) CAM Sidney Hickox ED William Holmes CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Jimmy Russell), Ann Dvorak, Frances Dee, Lee Tracy, Lyle Talbot, Warren Hymer, André Luguet, George Raft
LE PLOMBIER AMOUREUX, a.k.a. THE PASSIONATE PLUMBER (1932) DIR Claude Autant-Lara PROD Buster Keaton, [uncredited] Douglas Fairbanks Jr. SCR (play by Jacques Deval, Frederick Lonsdale) CAST Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Polly Moran, Jeannette Ferney, Mona Maris, Barbara Leonard, Irene Purcell, Maude Eburne, Jean Del Val, George Davis,
SCARLET DAWN (1932) DIR William Dieterle PROD Hal B. Wallis SCR Erwin Gesley, Niven Busch (novel by Mary C. McCall Jr.) CAM Ernest Haller ED James B. Morley MUS Milan Roder CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Nikita Krasnoff), Nancy Carroll, Lilyan Tashman, Guy Kibbee, Sheila Terry, Mischa Auer, Mae Busch, Earle Foxe
PARACHUTE JUMPER (1933) DIR Alfred E. Green PROD Darryl F. Zanuck SCR John Francis Larkin (story “Some Call It Love” by Rian James) CAM James Van Trees ED Ray Curtiss CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Bill Keller), Leo Carrillo, Bette Davis, Frank McHugh, Claire Dodd, Harold Huber, Thomas E. Jackson, Leon Ames, Walter Brennan
THE LIFE OF JIMMY DOLAN (1933) DIR Archie Mayo SCR David Boehm, Erwin Gelsey (play by Bertram Millhauser, Beulah Marie Dix) CAM Arthur Edeson ED Herbert I. Leeds CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Jimmy Dolan / Jack Dougherty), Loretta Young, Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Lyle Talbot, Fifi D’Orsay, Harold Huber, John Wayne, Anne Shirley, Edward Arnold, Mickey Rooney
THE NARROW CORNER (1933) DIR Alfred E. Green PROD Hal B. Wallis SCR Robert Presnell Sr. (novel by W. Somerset Maugham) CAM Tony Gaudio ED Herbert I. Leeds MUS Bernhard Kaun CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Fred Blake), Patricia Ellis, Ralph Bellamy, Dudley Digges, Arthur Hohl, Reginald Owen, Henry Kolker, William V. Mong, Sidney Toler
MORNING GLORY (1933) DIR Lowell Sherman PROD Pandro S. Berman SCR Howard J. Green (play by Zoe Akins) CAM Bert Glennon ED William Hamilton MUS Max Steiner CAST Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Joseph Sheridan), Adolphe Menjou, Mary Duncan, C. Aubrey Smith, Don Alvarado, Fred Santley, John Carradine, Helene Chadwick
CAPTURED! (1933) DIR Roy Del Ruth PROD Edward Chodorov SCR Edward Chodorov (story “Fellow Prisoners” by Philip Gibbs) CAM Barney McGill ED William Holmes MUS Bernhard Kaun CAST Leslie Howard, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Lieutenant Jack ‘Dig’ Digby), Paul Lukas, Margaret Lindsay, Robert Barrat, Arthur Hohl, John Bleifer, J. Carrol Naish
CATHERINE THE GREAT (1934) DIR Paul Czinner PROD Alexander Korda, Ludovico Toeplitz SCR Marjorie Deans (story by Lajos Biró, Melchior Lengyel, Arthur Wimperis; play by Lajos Biró, Melchior Lengyel) CAM Georges Périnal ED Stephen Harrison MUS Muir Mathieson CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Grand Duke Peter), Elisabeth Bergner, Flora Robson, Gerald du Maurier, Irene Vanbrugh, Joan Gardner, Dorothy Hale, Diana Napier, Stewart Granger
SUCCESS AT ANY PRICE (1934) DIR J. Walter Ruben SCR John Howard Lawson, Howard J. Green (play by John Howard Lawson) CAM Henry W. Gerrard ED Jack Hively MUS Bernhard Kaun CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Joe Martin), Genevieve Tobin, Frank Morgan, Colleen Moore, Edward Everett Horton, Nydia Westman, Henry Kolker
MIMI (1935) DIR Paul L. Stein PROD Walter C. Mycroft SCR Jack Davis Jr., Dennis Waldock, Clifford Grey (adaptation by Paul Merzbach) CAM Jack E. Cox ED Leslie Norman MUS G.H. Clutsman CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Rodolphe), Gertrude Lawrence, Diana Napier, Harold Warrender, Carol Goodner, Richard Bird, Martin Walker, Austin Trevor
MAN OF THE MOMENT (1935) DIR Monty Banks SCR Roland Pertwee, A.R. Rawlinson (adaptation by Yves Mirande, Guy Bolton) CAM Leslie Rowson, Basil Emmott ED Bert Bates CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Tony Woodward), Laura La Plante, Claude Hulbert, Margaret Lockwood, Peter Gawthorne, Donald Calthrop, Morland Graham, Eve Gray, Margaret Yarde, Wyndham Goldie, Monty Banks
THE AMATEUR GENTLEMAN (1936) DIR Thornton Freeland PROD Marcel Hellman, [uncredited] Douglas Fairbanks Jr. SCR (novel by Jeffery Farnol) CAM Günther Krampf ED Conrad von Molo MUS Richard Addinssel, Walter Goehr CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (John Beverly / Barnabas Barty), Elissa Landi, Gordon Harker, Basil Sydney, Hugh Williams, Irene Browne, Athole Stewart, Carol Browne, Margaret Lockwood
ACCUSED (1936) DIR Thornton Freeland PROD Marcel Hellman, [uncredited] Douglas Fairbanks Jr. SCR Zoe Akins, George Barraud (story by Zoe Akins) CAM Victor Arménise ED Conrad von Molo MUS Percival Mackey CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Tony Seymour), Dolores Del Rio, Florence Desmond, Basil Sydney, Googie Withers, J.H. Roberts, Cecil Humphreys, Esme Percy
JUMP FOR GLORY (1937) DIR Raoul Walsh PROD Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Marcel Hellman SCR Harold French, John Meehan Jr. (novel by Gordon McDonnell) CAM Victor Arménise ED Conrad von Molo MUS Percival Mackey CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Ricky Morgan), Valerie Hobson, Alan Hale, Edward Rigby, Barbara Everest, Jack Melford, Anthony Ireland, Esme Percy,
THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (1937) DIR John Cromwell PROD David O. Selznick SCR John L. Balderston (adaptation by Wells Root; novel by Anthony Hope) CAM James Wong Howe ED James E. Newcom MUS Alfred Newman CAST Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, David Niven, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Rupert of Hentzau), Montagu Love
JOY OF LIVING (1938) DIR Tay Garnett PROD Felix Young SCR Allan Scott, Gene Towne, C. Graham Baker (original story by Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields) CAM Joseph Walker ED Jack Hively MUS Robert Russell Bennett CAST Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Dan Brewster), Alice Brady, Guy Kibbee, Jean Dixon, Eric Blore, Lucille Ball, Warren Hymer
THE RAGE OF PARIS (1938) DIR Henry Koster PROD Buddy G. DeSylva SCR Bruce Manning, Felix Jackson (original story by Bruce Manning, Felix Jackson) CAM Joseph A. Valentine ED Bernard W. Burton MUS Charles Henderson, Frank Skinner, Charles Previn CAST Danielle Darrieux, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Jim Trevor), Mischa Auer, Louis Hayward, Helen Broderick, Charles Coleman, Samuel S. Hinds, Jason Robards Sr.
HAVING WONDERFUL TIME (1938) DIR Alfred Santell SCR Arthur Kober (also play) CAM Robert De Grasse ED William Hamilton MUS Roy Webb CAST Ginger Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Chick Kirkland), Peggy Conklin, Lucille Ball, Lee Bowman, Red Skelton, Ann Miller, Donald Meek, Eve Arden, Jack Carson
THE YOUNG IN HEART (1938) DIR Richard Wallace PROD David O. Selznick SCR Paul Osborn (adaptation by Charles Bennett; novel by I.A.R. Wylie) CAM Leon Shamroy ED Hal C. Kern MUS Franz Waxman CAST Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Richard Carleton), Paulette Goddard, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Henry Stephenson, Irvin S. Cobb, Lucile Watson, Minnie Dupree, Margaret Early, Henry Stephenson
GUNGA DIN (1939) DIR – PROD George Stevens SCR Joel Sayre, Fred Guiol (story by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur; poem by Rudyard Kipling) CAM Joseph H. August ED John Lockert, Henry Berman MUS Alfred Newman CAST Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Sergeant Thomas Ballantine), Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Sam Jaffe, Eduardo Ciannelli, Montagu Love
THE SUN NEVER SETS (1939) DIR – PROD Rowland V. Lee SCR W.P. Lipscomb (story by Arthur Fitz-Richard, Jerry Horwin) CAM George Robinson ED Ted J. Kent MUS Frank Skinner CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (John Randolph), Basil Rathbone, Virginia Field, Lionel Atwill, Barbara O’Neil, C. Aubrey Smith, Melville Cooper, Mary Forbes, Cecil Kellaway
RULERS OF THE SEA (1939) DIR – PROD Frank Lloyd SCR Richard Collins, Frank Cavett, Talbot Jennings (story by Richard Collins, Frank Cavett, Talbot Jennings) CAM Theodor Sparkuhl ED Paul Weatherwax MUS Richard Hageman CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (David Gillespie), Margaret Lockwood, Will Fyffe, George Bancroft, Montagu Love, Alan Ladd
GREEN HELL (1940) DIR James Whale PROD Harry E. Edington SCR Frances Marion (also story) CAM Karl Freund ED Ted J. Kent MUS Frank Skinner CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Keith Brandon), Joan Bennett, John Howard, Alan Hale, George Bancroft, Vincent Price, George Sanders
SAFARI (1940) DIR Edward H. Griffith PROD Anthony Veiller SCR Delmer Daves (story by Paul Hervey Fox) CAM Ted Tetzlaff ED Eda Warren MUS Friedrich Hollaender CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Jim Logan), Madeleine Carroll, Tullio Carminati, Muriel Angelus, Lynne Overman, Billy Gilbert
ANGELS OVER BROADWAY (1940) DIR – PROD – SCR Ben Hecht ASSOCIATE PROD Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. CAM Lee Garmes ED Gene Havlick MUS George Antheil CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Bill O’Brien), Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, John Qualen, George Watts, Ralph Theodore, Eddie Foster, Ben Hecht
THE CORSICAN BROTHERS (1941) DIR Gregory Ratoff PROD Edward Small SCR George Bruce (adaptation by George Bruce, Howard Estabrook) CAM Harry Stradling Sr. ED William F. Claxton MUS Dimitri Tiomkin CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Mario Franchi / Lucien Franchi), Ruth Warrick, Akim Tamiroff, J. Carrol Naish, H.B. Warner, Henry Wilcoxon, John Emery, Gloria Holden, Veda Ann Borg, William Farnum
SINBAD THE SAILOR (1947) DIR Richard Wallace PROD Stephen Ames SCR John Twist (original story by John Twist, George Worthing Yates) CAM George Barnes ED Frank Doyle MUS Roy Webb CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Sinbad), Maureen O’Hara, Walter Slezak, Anthony Quinn, George Tobias, Jane Greer, Mike Mazurki, Sheldon Leonard, Louis Jean Heydt
THE EXILE (1947) DIR Max Ophüls PROD Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. SCR Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Clemence Dane (novel by Cosmo Hamilton) CAM Franz Planer ED Ted J. Kent MUS Frank Skinner CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Charles Stuart / Charles II), Maria Montez, Paule Croset, Henry Daniell, Nigel Bruce, Robert Coote, Rita Corday
THAT LADY IN ERMINE (1948) DIR Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger PROD Ernst Lubitsch SCR Samson Raphaelson (opertta by Rudolph Schanzer, Ernst Welisch) CAM Leon Shamroy ED Dorothy Spencer MUS Alfred Newman CAST Betty Grable, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Colonel Ladislas Karolyi Teglas / The Duke), Cesar Romero, Walter Abel, Virginia Gardiner, Harry Davenport, Virginia Campbell, Whit Bissell
THE FIGHTING O’FLYNN (1949) DIR Arthur Pierson PROD Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. SCR Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Robert Thoeren (novel by Justin Huntly McCarthy) CAM Arthur Edeson ED Russell F. Schoengarth MUS Frank Skinner CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (The O’Flynn), Helena Carter, Richard Greene, Patricia Medina, Arthur Shields, J.M. Kerrigan, Ludwig Donath
THE GREAT MANHUNT, U.K. title STATE SECRET (1950) DIR Sidney Gilliat PROD Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder SCR Sidney Gilliat (novel by Roy Huggins) CAM Robert Krasker ED Thelma Connell [Thelma Myers] MUS William Alwyn CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Dr. John Marlowe), Glynis Johns, Jack Hawkins, Herbert Lom, Walter Rilla, Leonard Sachs
NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950) DIR Jules Dassin PROD Samuel G. Engel SCR Jo Eisinger (novel by Gerald Kersh) CAM Mutz Greenbaum ED Sidney Stone, Nick DeMaggio MUS Franz Waxman CASTING Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. [uncredited] CAST Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, Stanislaus Zbyszko, Mike Mazurki, Charles Farrell
MISTER DRAKE’S DUCK (1951) DIR Val Guest PROD Daniel M. Angel, [uncredited] Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. SCR Val Guest (radio play by Ian Messiter) CAM Jack E. Cox ED Adam Dawson, Sam Simmonds MUS Bruce Campbell CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Donald ‘Don’ Drake), Yolande Donlan, Jon Pertwee, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Reginald Beckwith, Howard Marion-Crawford, Peter Butterworth
THE GENIE (1953) DIR Lance Comfort, Lawrence Huntington PROD Douglas Fairbanks Jr. SCR Moi Charles, Doreen Montgomery, Peter Graham Scott CAM Eric Cross, Brendan J. Stafford ED Francis Bieber, Inman Hunter MUS Allan Gray, Bretton Byrd CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (The Genie), Martin Miller, Yvonne Furneaux, Tommy Duggan, Bill Travers
THOUGHT TO KILL (1953) DIR Leslie Arliss, Lawrence Huntington, Bernard Knowles PROD Douglas Fairbanks Jr. MUS Allan Gray CAST Ronald Adam, Dorothy Gordon, Avice Landone, Henry B. Longhurst, James Thompson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Narration)
THREE’S COMPANY (1953) DIR Terence Fisher, Charles Saunders EXEC PROD Douglas Fairbanks Jr. SCR John Cresswell, Lawrence B. Marcus, Richard Alan Simmons CAM James Wilson, Brendan J. Stafford MUS Allan Gray CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Narrator / Anthony), Basil Sydney, Elizabeth Sellars, Andrew Osborn, John Witty, Peter Forbes-Robertson, Sheila Sweet, Diana Chesney, Constance Cummings
THE TRIANGLE (1953) DIR Leslie Arliss, Lance Comfort, Bernard Knowles SCR Robert Westerby, Doreen Montgomery, Guy Morgan MUS Allan Gray, Bretton Byrd CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (François Villon), Felix Aylmer, Muriel George, James Hayter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ron Randall, June Thorburn
THE RED DRESS (1954) DIR Lawrence Huntington, Charles Saunders PROD Douglas Fairbanks Jr. SCR Lawrence B. Marcus, Selwyn Jepson, Guy Morgan, Peter Quinn CAM James Wilson, Brendan J. Stafford, Kenneth Talbot CAST Renée Asherson, Joan Tetzel, James Kenney, Clifford Evans, John Warwick, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Narrator)
POLICE DOG (1955) DIR Derek N. Twist PROD Harold Ruth, [uncredited] Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. SCR Derek N. Twist (also original story) CAM Cedric Williams ED Gordon Pilkington MUS Bretton Byrd CAST Joan Rice, Tim Turner, Sandra Dorne, Charles Victor, Nora Gordon, Cecil Brock, John Le Mesurier, Christopher Lee, Rex III
FACCIA DA MASCALZONE (1956) DIR Raffaele Andreassi, Lance Comfort SCR Raffaele Andreassi, Paul Tabori, Ákos Tolnay (short story by Alberto Moravia) CAM Mario Albertelli, Pier Ludovico Pavoni ED Renzo Lucidi MUS Tarcisio Fusco CAST Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Valentina Cortese, Rossano Brazzi, Lee Patterson, Alberto Sorrentino, Nadia Marlowa, Marina Berti
THE SILKEN AFFAIR (1956) DIR Roy Kellino PROD Fred Feldkamp EXEC PROD Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. SCR Robert Lewis Taylor (also story) CAM Gilbert Taylor ED Richard Best MUS Peggy Stuart CAST David Niven, Geneviève Page, Ronald Squire, Beatrice Straight, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Howard Marion-Crawford
CHASE A CROOKED SHADOW (1958) DIR Michael Anderson PROD Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. SCR Charles Sinclair, David D. Osborn CAM Erwin Hiller ED Gordon Pilkington MUS Matyas Seiber CAST Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom, Alexander Knox, Faith Brook, Alan Tilvern, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (Self)
KINGDOM OF GIFTS (1978, animated) DIR – PROD Ted Kneeland SCR Ted Kneeland, Jo Anna Kneeland CAST (voices) Gemma Craven, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (The Proud King), Peter Sellers, Terry-Thomas
GHOST STORY (1981) DIR John Irvin PROD Burt Weissbourd SCR Lawrence D. Cohen (nobel by Peter Straub) CAM Jack Cardiff ED Tom Rolf MUS Philippe Sarde CAST Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Edward Wanderley), John Houseman,Craig Wasson, Patricia Neal, Alice Krige, Jacqueline Brookes
THE HOSTAGE TOWER (1980) DIR Claudio Guzmán PROD Burt Nodella TELEPLAY Robert Carrington (story by Alistair MacLean, Robert Carrington; novel by Alistair MacLean) CAM Jean Boffety ED Marie-Thérèse Boiché MUS John Scott CAST Peter Fonda, Maud Adams, Billy Dee Williams, Britt Ekland, Keir Dullea, Celia Johnson, Rachel Roberts, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Malcolm Philpott)
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (1982) DIR Rodney Greenberg PROD Judith de Paul CAM Derek Chason ED Barry Stevens MUS Arthur Sullivan CAST Keith Mitchell, Alexander Oliver, Janis Kelly, Peter Allen, Gillian Knight, Paul Hudson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.)
STRONG MEDICINE (1986) DIR Guy Green PROD Dickie Bamber TELEPLAY Rita Lakin (novel by Arthur Hailey) CAM Kelvin Pike ED Keith Palmer MUS Stanley Myers CAST Pamela Sue Martin, Patrick Duffy, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Cross, Sam Neill, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Eli Camperdown), Annette O’Toole, Gayle Hunnicutt