Keaton in “The Haunted House” and Fairbanks in “The Thief of Bagdad”

Two Douglas Fairbanks films in a row. I’m a big fan of his costume dramas.

The Thief of Bagdad was the first film of his that I watched, and it’s a good introduction, if you’ve never seen Fairbanks before.

He moves differently here, almost dancing through the role. That’s a bit of a come-down from his acrobatics in Robin Hood and other early movies, but it is fascinating for a first-time viewer (and very sexy, too).

I’m not sure if this was a style choice or if it was because Fairbanks was now in his 40s and was slowing down a bit.

The Thief’s companion in the well (his “Evil Associate”) is played by Snitz Edwards. I love that actor’s name, and the strong character he plays here. As you watch, try to imagine this fellow dining at the Hearst Castle (yes) and throwing lively Hollywood parties. He’s all but forgotten now, but back in the day he was very well known.

First, though, let’s have a Keaton short, The Haunted House. It’s a little hokey in parts, but that scene in the bank is classic physical comedy:

And now, ladies and gentleman, our feature for today!

Categories: Saturday Silents, Silent movies

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