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A Tribute to Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

"You're the popular tourist conception
of the arrogant Russian prince."
from Scarlet Dawn

I thought that there should be a website dedicated to this talented and debonair actor from the classic days of Hollywood. As the son of Douglas Fairbanks, (Douglas Fairbanks of silent movie fame) Douglas has been overshadowed by his father's legend but he is a movie star in his own right. The senior Fairbanks is of course more famous than his son, but my favorite actor has always been Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

I first saw him in the film Catherine the Great in the late 1980's on late night public television and was impressed by his riveting portrayal of this complex historical figure and since then I've tried to see all of his movies. I think that he is a very talented actor who was equally at home acting in screwball comedies, gangster films and swashbuckling adventures .

Fairbanks epitomizes the essence of Hollywood in its heyday of the 1930's. He was dashing, handsome, witty, charming and he was also romantically linked with some of the most glamorous women in Hollywood including Marlene Dietrich and Tallulah Bankhead. He was married to the biggest star of them all - Joan Crawford. Onscreen he romanced Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Katherine Hepburn, Madeleine Carroll, Bette Davis, Irene Dunne, Danielle Darrieux, Nancy Carroll, Betty Grable, and Maureen O'Hara.

My favorite Fairbanks Jr. films are: A Woman of Affairs (1928), Scarlet Dawn (1932), Captured (1933), Success at Any Price (1934), Catherine the Great (1934), Prisoner of Zenda (1937) and Rage of Paris (1938).

Fairbanks on TV

Turner Classic Movies plays rare Fairbanks films that aren't available to buy on video

TV Now - Douglas Fairbanks Jr. - Follow this link to find out what Fairbanks flicks are airing on cable this month

Dec. 11, 2004 - More Fairbanks on DVD!! In September 2004 The Young In Heart [DVD](1938) came out on DVD, and this month, Gunga Din [DVD](1939) DVD will be released! On the Movies Unlimited website there is a listing for a Gangsters Warner Brothers Collection, a collection of 5 films including Little Ceasar which is scheduled for release in January. Angels Over Broadway [DVD](1941) is also available on DVD.

I am looking for the following Fairbanks film on video. If anyone can help me locate this film or would be interested in trading taped from TV copies of Douglas' films please e-mail me (you'll find a link at the bottom of this page). The film I'm interested in finding is: The Amateur Gentleman.

Fairbanks on the Web

Doug with Joan

Reviews of Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s films - my personal look at the Douglas Fairbanks Jr. films that I have seen so far.

My Fairbanks Photo Galleries - Fairbanks and Fairbanks II, Fairbanks with Joan Crawford, Fairbanks in Catherine the Great, Fairbanks and the ladies I and Fairbanks with the Ladies II.

An Encounter with Fairbanks - a piece written by Susan M. Gordon, thanks Susan!

Adina's Fairbanks website
- a fun and graphics laden website about Doug which includes some great pictures.

Prisoner of Zenda movie website
- a lovely tribute to this classic Fairbanks film.

Fairbanks interview
- about Fairbanks' film career.

Fairbanks Buster Keaton Interview
is an interview with Doug about the famous silent film star.

The Washington Post Obituary

BBC News Obituary

Hollywood Forever's official website
- Services were held at 1:00pm, Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

Seeing Stars
- This site has info about Hollywood Forever and who is buried there

Gravehunter Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
- This site has a photo of Doug Sr.'s tomb in the Hollywood Forever cemetery

Fairbanks on marriage
- an interview of Doug from 1930 that is now a part of the Silents Majority website

- Ebay usually has a dozen or so various Fairbanks items (cigarette cards, autographed photos, etc.) for auction.

Movie Forum: Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
- this site has information, a chat room and links to other Doug sites.

Internet Movie Database
- contains Doug Fairbanks Jr.'s filmography and brief biographical details

Silent Gents Gallery
- several nice Fairbanks photos here

Joan Crawford Gallery #2 - has several pictures of Joan with Doug

Silents Are Golden
- has information about Fairbanks silent films

Silent Era: Progressive Silent Film List Actors: Doug Fairbanks Jr.
- more information on Doug Jr's early career in silent movies

Mary Pickford & Douglas Fairbanks' Hollywood
- a good site about Doug Jr's famous father

Some great websites dedicated to other talented actors:
Dirk Bogarde| David Warner| John Hurt| John McEnery| Conrad Veidt| Derek Jacobi| Jon Finch| Ian McKellen| Rudolph Valentino| Helmut Berger| Ralph Fiennes | Brian Cox | Heath Ledger

The Salad Days

[Douglas postcard]

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. wrote several autobiographies about his childhood (growing up as the son of one of the world's most famous movie stars), his acting career, his marriage to Joan Crawford, and the important real life role he played during W.W.II. The book titles are The Salad Days and A Hell of a War. If you're searching to purchase these books or any other books related to Doug Jr. a good place to look on the web would be BookFinder.

Mr. Fairbanks apparently surfed the web!! Check it out on The Silents Majority website and read the letter that Mr. Fairbanks sent to the maintainers of this site. Hopefully Douglas had a chance to see my web tribute to him, I mentioned to him in a letter I sent him at the end of 1998. I received an autographed photo from him in return.

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This page was created May 1998
a nd was last updated on December 11, 2004.

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