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Zorro and Don Juan - A Great Swashbuckling Double Bill

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Perhaps it qualifies as more of a swashbuckler in spirit, but *The Gaucho*, a handsome 1927 production featuring Douglas Fairbanks as a Pampas outlaw ranks, in my opinion, as one of the swashbuckling silent king's best films.

 

Fairbanks is up to his usual flamboyant tricks here, in this film having a lot of fun with a new gimmick, seeing the various ways in which his character can light and play with a cigarette. (Ironic since Fairbanks himself was such a health nut).

 

This Fairbanks romp is a little different in some respects from his earlier custom adventures. For one thing, his leading lady, the fiery Lupe Velez, has a dominant role making a noteworthy impression, unlike earlier Fairbanks leading ladies. Apparently Fairbanks and Velez did a lot of rehearsals of their tango scenes, leading to rumours that they may have been having a tango of another kind off the set. (Another irony, Fairbanks wife, Mary Pickford, has an unbilled appearance in this film, as the Virgin Mary).

 

This is also the first Fairbanks film in which his character becomes aware of his own mortality, including a subplot involving a leper. The story takes on darker tones than to be found in other Fairbanks films but, at age 45, the actor was still capable of giving his fans a very good show. His athleticism was still spectacular. And he sure had fun with those cigarettes!

 

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The commercial success of this film would also provide material source for one of the first Mickey Mouse cartoons:

 

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Some nice shots and commentary below from TomJH on THIEF OF BAGDAD, so I thought that this thread was worth a bump since the film is airing at midnight tonight Eastern Time.

 

Meanwhile, we won't get into whether it should have been remade (several times actually) but it is interesting to note that William Cameron Menzies worked on both the 1924 and 1940 versions.

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clore, it seems to me that Thief of Bagdad was the first silent I ever saw that truly excited me as a kid, and made me realize that it was a period in filmmaking that I should further like to explore.

 

Looking at Fairbanks' remarkable physique (he was 40 when he made the film!), his joyous almost balletic performance and that eternal youthful spirit which he so embodied on screen in 1924 continues to make the film a pleasure to view. (Not to mention those incredible Arabian Night sets, truly an attempt on Doug's part to compete with the memory of those Babylonian sets in Griffiths' Intolerance).

 

Here's a couple of shots of William Cameron Menzies' sets while under construction:

 

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Speaking of THIEF OF BAGDAD, today's Tab Hunter fest has him in a descendent (OK, ripoff) of the story in THE GOLDEN ARROW. I'm curious to catch this as various reviews note that Hunter is present, but his voice isn't. There's nothing more disconcerting than to watch one of these dubbed films with a familiar face who didn't get to dub his own character.

 

It happened to Christopher Lee many times and Stewart Granger in one of his Euro-westerns that aired during his SoTM tribute also showed up sounding completely different.

 

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That Tab Hunter film was a real stinker. It's as if they put all their money into the sets, props and costumes as well as a good number of extras.

 

But they must have been pinching pennies on the writers. No, that wasn't Hunter's voice being used, sounded more like the generic peplum he-man voice so familiar to anyone who has seen more than two such genre efforts.

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I was in and out of THE WARRIORS (aka THE DARK AVENGER) today, but it did prompt my curiosity in one regard.

 

Has any director guided more screen swordsplay than Henry Levin?

 

*The Fighting Guardsman*

*The Bandit of Sherwood Forest*

*The Return of Monte Cristo*

*The Gallant Blade*

*The Warriors*

*The Wonders of Aladdin*

*Genghis Khan*

 

Even *The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm* has Buddy Hackett doing battle with a dragon with sword in hand.

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clore, I don't know the answer to your question, since there have been a lot of minor films made that involved swordplay, the titles of which would escape me. That actually applies to most of those Levin titles that you provided.

 

For myself, I think there have been relatively few really good swashbucklers ever made. Therefore, those that work for me, I really treasure.

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The winner would probably be some Italian director doing cheapies that never even reached these shores.

 

But you're right, there aren't many that hold up to multiple viewings. I tend not to like the knights in armor stuff as there's no personality evident during the duels. That's half the fun in seeing Rathbone square off against Flynn or Power, or Fairbanks, Jr. vs. Ronald Colman or Granger and Ferrer. For all we know (and most likely), that's not Flynn or Ladd or Robert Taylor banging around in those tin suits.

 

However, I'll watch just about anything that comes close to a genre effort - even those Brett Halsey and George Nader Italian-produced ones that used to play on the 430 Movie here in NYC.

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Clore, I'm in agreement with you about the knights-in-armour films. Of the three lavish MGM costume films that Robert Taylor made in the '50s, I've always been rather partial to Quentin Durward. Taylor's as stolid, as ever, of course, but I find him to be curiously likeable in the title role. Unlike the other two films in which he appeared, the screenplay of this one does have signs of a sense of humour, this regarding Scottish stinginess. And that final duel, with Taylor and the villain clashing their swords while swinging on ropes in a burning bell tower, is genuinely inventive, I feel, and quite excitingly choreographed.

 

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Yep, Dell put out a comic book version of the film, as well. I assume the comic book industry made a goodly sum of money when a major Hollywood studio like MGM was behind the release of an item like this.

 

But you're right. It's a challenge for a leading man or the villain to show off much personality when they're clanging around in iron suits.

 

It's best to have those athletic figures like a Fairbanks, Flynn or Lancaster be as free as a bird, not only only for the action scenes (in which the viewer has a better chance to see whether or not it really is the star) but to allow their larger-than-life personalities to have full scope.

 

To create a good swashbuckler must be somewhat similar to creating a good musical, I suspect. You have to have the right performer in the lead (only so many outstanding stars of musicals as well as costume adventures), with great choreography. And a good swashbuckler, I feel, also requires the right musical score to augment all those costume and set design visuals. Colour, clearly, is a benefit. And many of the best swashbucklers also have a sense of humour, with an actor in the lead who could bring that light touch to the material. Perhaps that sense of humour isn't quite so essential for some musicals but it certainly helps.

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Not counting all the foreign Zorro movies made in Mexico, Italy, Turkey and Spain, people seem to forget one American Zorro movie, first one made in color too: THE BOLD CABALLERO starring Robert Livingston made in 1936.

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William, thanks very much for supplying this historical Zorro tidbit. To be honest, I had never heard of The Bold Caballero. Robert Livingston was not exactly a household name but for Republic to film the production in colour shows that some effort must have been put into it.

 

According to the IMBd, this film correctly reflected the original Johnston McCulley pulp series magazine cover that was the original basis for the bandit by having the actor's head completely covered by a mask, rather than just half his face.

 

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It always stretches credibility, of course, to have so many characters in the Zorro films not recognize the outlaw when half his face is exposed even though they know him during the day as the foppish Don Diego. However, it's also understandable that Fairbanks or Ty Power or whoever fans would have been upset if their screen favourite had had his face completely covered during the action scenes. (Not to mention being a little grating to the egos of the actors involved).

 

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Err, colour or not, he looks more like a black hooded klansman to me. Not exactly as dashing as Fairbanks or Power in appearance, is he?

 

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Sidney Lusk's Theater in Washington D.C. - a presentation of the granddaddy of all movie swahbucklers, in 1921.

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>According to the IMBd, this film correctly reflected the original Johnston McCulley pulp series magazine cover that was the original basis for the bandit by having the actor's head completely covered by a mask, rather than just half his face.

 

Plus it makes it a whole lot easier to hide the stunt men. Which is part of what disturbs me about shining armor movies. You could claim that it's C. Aubrey Smith as Zorro in one of these and who would know the difference?

 

Do you remember a mid-80s TV show called THE MASTER? It would have us believe that a 60-year-old Lee Van Cleef was a ninja. In truth, it was Sh? Kosugi under the robe and mask doing the stunts.

 

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying THE SEA HAWK tonight which reminded me of this great thread.

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I think we've probably discussed this same subject before, clore, but I've come to the conclusion that there are very few great swashbucklers ever made.

 

I just watched Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time. While it's fun to watch Johnny Depp as a swishy pirate, the film's consistently larky tongue-in-cheek attitude was such that, unlike a film like THE SEA HAWK, which you just mentioned, it doesn't ask the viewer to take any of the adventure seriously.

 

And that's a problem for me. I want to take the adventure as just that, high adventure escape. Not a bunch of CGI effects combined with anything goes laughs. Of course the film can have humour. All the best swashbucklers do have it to some degree or other. Flynn was known for the light hearted attitude that he brought to his swashbuckling roles, and he knew how to play humourously. And it was not just Flynn, of course. Doug Fairbanks, Ty Power, Stewart Granger could all bring humour to their swashbuckling athletics as well.

 

But with Johnny Depp it's nothing but humour. Again, as a performer, I liked him (far more than the film itself), but I want to take the athletics a bit more seriously, as well as the adventure.

 

Errol Flynn's Don Juan is a perfect illustration of a film that combined both humour (tongue-in-cheek, at that) but didn't deny adventure fans some pretty thrilling suspense, court intrigue and action scenes, with a leading man who was a truly larger-than-life screen force.

 

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Now that's a swashbuckler! Give me this anyday over a swishy pirate and overblown CGI effects laden film like Pirates of the Caribbean.

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>Give me this anyday over a swishy pirate and overblown CGI effects laden film like Pirates of the Caribbean.


Or as some called it when it was released - a swishbuckler.

I won't get into the debate about CGI here other than to say that it's a nice tool when used properly. So are matte paintings, and I've seen bad ones in films of yore. It's a fine line that has to be walked between transporting us to the world of escapism and hitting us over the head with it.

I love THE CRIMSON PIRATE for example, but its grace is that it winks at the genre while still giving us the marvelous acrobatics of Lancaster and Cravat. Plus it's all shot on real locations. It's fantasy of course, but there's enough realism in it for the little kid in all of us to sit there and want to be on that voyage.

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Actually, clore, as much as I love Lancaster and Cravat in it, I have a bit of a problem with Crimson Pirate as well because the script spends so much time winking at the audience.

 

Nice on location shooting, as you mentioned, but, unlike, say, Master of Ballantrae, made around the same time and also benefiting from great shooting of exotic locales, it never takes what little story it has seriously.

 

I am of the old fashioned school that also loves to watch stunt men (and occasionally the stars themselves) do the action scenes. Obvious computer generated action effects leave me quite cold. I can appreciate the technical expertise involved for CGI effects only so long, and then start to miss the human element in what I am viewing.

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>I can appreciate the technical expertise involved for CGI effects only so long, and then start to miss the human element in what I am viewing.

 

Wise words indeed. I can really appreciate CGI when it is used as a part of set design or art direction. For example, the recreation of a late 40s Los Angeles was the only good thing about GANGSTER SQUAD, one of the most derivative films that I've ever seen. I'm just glad that I didn't spend money to see it.

 

Otherwise, too many films look like video games to me.

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As long as mention is made of THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN, let me point out a blooper in it that is one of my favorites:

in the scene where Don Juan is mistaken for the bridegroom of an English lady there is a big display of flags. They are all very beautiful, all very well designed--whoever designed them obviously knew his heraldry, something very rare in the movies--, and all very fictional, because they do not represent any real noble house or civic entity.

Later, when Don Juan works as the fencing master in the royal Spanish court, he takes Queen Anne to a trophy room that keeps what are supposed to be the flags of Columbus, Cortes, Pizarro, Garay, Valdivia, Jimenez de Quesada, Ponce de Leon, Coronado, Nun~ez de Balboa and others.

Look carefully at those flags: THEY ARE THE SAME EXACT FLAGS OF THE SEQUENCE WHEN DON JUAN IS MISTAKEN FOR THE BRIDEGROOM OF THE ENGLISH LADY.

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Adventures of Don Juan is a magnificent looking production, with sumptuous sets and costume design, all lensed in breath taking Technicolor.

 

I took a look at the two scenes that you sighted, Palmerin, and, quite frankly, I really couldn't tell if they were the same flags or not, but I'll take your word for it.

 

Actually most of the flags shown in the earlier scene in the film, just before Don Juan meets his false English bride-to-be, are from clips taken from The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex and inserted into this film, an economy move on Jack Warner's part. Essex was filmed in 1939, while Don Juan was in production 1947 into '48.

 

I guess, if those same flags appear in both scenes of the film, it just goes to show how the studio wasn't throwing any props away. And whether, as you pointed out, they were going to be used outside an English home or inside a Spanish palace, they all served the same purpose.

 

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By the way, in watching that scene again with Juan in the palace chamber with the Queen, it struck me once again how so much of the dialogue of this film made it easy to confuse Errol Flynn with the role he was playing.

 

At one point Viveca Lindfors, as the Queen, says to Flynn, "I think you paint yourself blacker than you really are."

 

Flynn's reply: "It's the colour that's said to suit me best."

 

That response comes from an actor who ten years later would entitle his autobiography My Wicked Wicked Ways.

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I think that given a person's own particular interests outside of the subject that draws us here like a magnet, one will spot "goofs" such as in this case, the flags.

 

I'm big on cars of the 50s and 60s, so in contemporary films that are set in that era, I'm bound to spot the anachronisms. I can't help it - as age seven I could ID a car at night from two blocks away just by the taillights.

 

One of my big groaners was when we went to see THE MIRROR CRACK'D. The film opens with "1954" appearing large on the screen while meanwhile, a major character is driving in a 1959 Cadillac. This may be the most distinctive Caddy ever made owing to its enormous fins - even by Cadillac standards.

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When it comes to continuity errors in swashbucklers, clore, one of the better illustrations of it occurs in the middle of the duel in The Adventures of Robin Hood, arguably the best beloved film of the genre.

 

When Robin and Sir Guy of Gisbourne are duelling on the staircase, Sir Guy at one point lunges with his sword at Robin, misses and goes tumbling off the stairs. Sir Guy's sword goes sprawling on the floor and Robin, fair minded hero that he is, kicks Gisbourne's sword back over to him so that they may resume the duel.

 

How many have noticed that when Robin kicks Sir Guy's sword back to him the sword is magically near Robin's feet in order for him to do so, a completely different location from where it had landed in the long shot in which Sir Guy first lost it as he fell off the circular staircase?

 

As I also stated months ago on this thread, it is also possible, strictly through the freeze frame and slow advance buttons of modern technology, to spot another moment in that same duel when Basil Rathbone actually lost the sword out of his hand, it flying high in the air by his own head. The film's editor, Ralph Dawson, chopped the moment so that it only lasts about a second or so in screen time, far too fast for the human eye to catch. But it's still there for people to see today if they know the right spot and have a DVD player.

 

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Rathbone will lose his sword about three or four seconds after this moment in the duel, for those with the digital technology to catch it

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I'll have to check that out on my DVD.

 

Not a swashbuckler, but one of my favorites is in NORTH TO ALASKA. In the brawl at the end, John Wayne takes a sock to the the jaw from Ernie Kovacs. You can clearly see him losing his hairpiece.

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I have Olympic fencing on my TV right now and I must admit, seeing two guys in shiny space man suits and face masks just isn't as exciting as watching Flynn or Power dueling with Rathbone.

Maybe if I were watching Cornel Wilde fencing in the Olympics it would be another story but that wasn't to be - sigh.

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I have Olympic fencing on my TV right now and I must admit, seeing two guys in shiny space man suits and face masks just isn't as exciting as watching Flynn or Power dueling with Rathbone.

 

Maybe if I were watching Cornel Wilde fencing in the Olympics it would be another story but that wasn't to be - sigh.

 

Maybe things would be a little more dramatically exciting with those Olympic fencers if they had Mike Curtiz directing them.

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Maybe things would be a little more dramatically exciting with those Olympic fencers if they had Mike Curtiz directing them.

;)

 

And some Korngold music going on also. Plus, there's no banter going on, no quips about cutting the other down to size.

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And some Korngold music going on also. Plus, there's no banter going on, no quips about cutting the other down to size.

 

Yeh, it would be better if one of the fencers yelled, "You've come to the Olympics once too often!"

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