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Zorro and Don Juan - A Great Swashbuckling Double Bill

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Oh, I'd call it pretty back handed when you both compliment them and slap them down in the same sentence.

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>Oh, I'd call it pretty back handed when you both compliment them and slap them down in the same sentence.

 

You are reading more into it than was originally intended. I have a theory, and this goes back to the concerns I had with the thread. I think you may be using the forum and this thread to build-up your favorite male action stars. And perhaps it bothers you when someone else sees it a bit differently. If so, then you are not promoting Zorro or Don Juan as much as you are promoting the very human Ty Power and the very, very human Errol Flynn. Am I close to the target? Is this going to be seen as an honest truth-seeking question or as thread-jacking by those who are reading a conspiracy into everything I post? Again, it's a shame that there cannot be better manners and a real authentic conversation about these films on TCM. This thread in my view is not living up to its potential. It's a great topic.

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I don't think he wants to do that, because then he might lose 'control' over the thread's content. It's sad.

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One thing I felt should have been discussed in this thread is John Barrymore's version of Don Juan compared to Errol's. We have not covered the Fairbanks Jr. version of Zorro much either, except a reference I made to it yesterday with a posting of Maltin's reviews.

 

In this case, it's relevant because Flynn would go on to portray a filmed account of Barrymore's life. Lots of great connections here.

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You know Tom, while we've discussed MASTER OF BALLANTRAE, THE DARK AVENGER and CROSSED SWORDS, we haven't given a mention to AGAINST ALL FLAGS, Flynn's Universal film that just happens to co-star Maureen O'Hara.

 

I hadn't seen it in years until I got a DVD set of pirate booty from Universal that also features BUCCANEER'S GIRL, DOUBLE CROSSBONES and YANKEE BUCCANEER. That last film has an interesting history.

 

It went into production when Flynn's film had to close down while he recovered from an injury - a broken ankle I believe. Crafty folks they were there at the Big U, they hastily put together a cast of contract players and using some of the same sets and crew, whipped up another feature while waiting for Flynn to return. It's actually not bad considering the circumstances.

 

AGAINST ALL FLAGS is somewhat a fun romp, although the comic character of Alice Kelley's Princess Patma gets tiring. It's not in the same league as MASTER OF BALLANTRAE which has location shooting going for it while FLAGS is clearly a studio romp, never getting out of the big fish tank on the studio lot. These things were easier to disguise in earlier black-and-white days.

 

At least O'Hara gets to do a little more than be decorative as she was in her swashbucklers with Paul Henreid, Paul Christian and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. She would even later claim that she could wield a sword better than Flynn, which is debatable but they both look nice with one in hand:

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There's also a nicely cast Anthony Quinn as a villain, although Quinn would probably disagree. Oh well, his reckoning was coming soon, but if his part was as well written as say that of Robert Douglas in DON JUAN, it would have made the film that much better. The good news is that it's relatively brief, at 83 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome.

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Maureen and Anthony Q would go on to make more films together, the last one being 1991's ONLY THE LONELY. They had sensational chemistry together.

 

I do like AGAINST ALL FLAGS. It is tremendously enjoyable escapist entertainment.

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That's a fair suggestion, TB. I did make fleeting reference to the Fairbanks silent in my original post and filmlover provided a greater photographic rundown on the various Zorros.

 

The Barrymore and Fairbanks Don Juans could also be compared to Flynn's. Those are the only three Don Juans of which I know but there may be others.

 

I did not plan on going there, but if there are any Zorro or Don Juan buffs so inclined, it would be nice if they made a contribution. We could, indeed, gain an historical perspective on these two legendary fictional figures.

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*Comment regarding At Sword's Point. I thought Maureen O'Hara looked awkward in the sword play. Her fencing skills were laughable. Same could be said for Alan Hale, Jr. !*

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clore, to me the most engaging thing about Against All Flags is Maureen O'Hara as Spitfire Stevens. Flynn was looking rather tired and just going through the paces, I felt, this being his first swashbuckler since Don Juan four years before.

 

I'm not certain but I think that Flynn may have had the same percentage deal with Universal on this production that had made so much money for Jimmy Stewart in Winchester 73, and afterward as well, for Ty Power as The Mississippi Gambler. I've never read anything, though, to indicate that Against All Flags was particularly successful at the box office, so I'm not certain that Errol came out with that much money from it.

 

It's not a terrible film, just so predictable and mundane, very much typical of Universal in the '50s. Your basic cardboard costumer, with a former swashbuckling king in the lead, rather than a Universal contract player like Jeff Chandler or a young Rock Hudson.

 

It is sure no Master of Ballantrae.

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Universal went as far as remaking AGAINST ALL FLAGS as THE KING'S PIRATE in 1967, and even used stock footage from the earlier film. Not to the extent that they did when they made SWORD OF ALI BABA in 1965 and built it around footage from the earlier Jon Hall / Maria Montez epic, but it was evident.

 

THE KING'S PIRATE struck me at the time as a mad-for-TV movie that escaped to theaters instead. Not a new trick for Universal, they would even package two-part episodes of TV series as features when people such as George C. Scott and Lee Marvin who guested in those shows had established considerable boxoffice clout.

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I agree that FLAGS is not as artistic as BALLANTRAE. But then, who could afford to have Cardiff on every film? FLAGS, though, is better than other Universal product in this vein. Donald O'Connor's DOUBLE CROSSBONES seems juvenile (in a good way, probably geared for the teen and kiddie crowd) and is actually a genre hybrid, blending elements of the swashbuckler with the musical format. Meanwhile, the ever-luscious Yvonne de Carlo turns up as BUCCANEER'S GIRL, but she does not have a male costar equal in value to Errol like Maureen has.

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>That's a fair suggestion, TB. I did make fleeting reference to the Fairbanks silent in my original post and filmlover provided a greater photographic rundown on the various Zorros.

 

>The Barrymore and Fairbanks Don Juans could also be compared to Flynn's. Those are the only three Don Juans of which I know but there may be others.

 

I would like to see TCM present an evening of all the Don Juans and another evening of all the classic Zorros.

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Wow! Is it just my imagination, or has peace arrived in El Pueblo de Nuestra Se?ora la Reina de los ?ngeles AND Madrid here again???

 

(...sorry gentlemen, but I just couldn't resist this one...chalk it up to one too many of my Single Malts tonight if ya want) ;)

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Well, Dargo, I must admit that when I originally conceived this thread, I thought that the duelling would be confined to the films on screen.

 

But I want to say that I have appreciated your contributions to this thread, as well as almost all the others who have responded to it. There has been some intelligent discourse here, I feel.

 

Ah, peace, it's lovely while you have it, isn't it?

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Flynn's Adventures of Don Juan was preceded by two other famous screen actors playing the same role.

 

*Don Juan (1926)*

 

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John Barrymore, the Great Profile, played the role in a Warner Brothers silent chiefly remembered today as being the first film presented with a synchronized Vitaphone soundtrack of music and sound effects. According to Wikipedia, this film has more kisses than any other in film history, with Barrymore kissing 191 different women. If true, he was a far busier screen Don Juan than any other.

 

Directed by Alan Crosland, whose son would later be editor of the Flynn Don Juan, the Barrymore version is distinguished by some impressive photography, a torture chamber sequence in which its star disguises himself as the torturer, along with, perhaps, the best screen duel of the silent era, between Barrymore and villain Montagu Love (years before playing Don Diego's father in the 1940 Mark of Zorro).

 

Barrymore has a dual role, also appearing as Don Juan's father in the film's prologue.

 

Barrymore would later become a friend of Errol Flynn, who idolized him. Their two lives would wind down similar paths of self-destruction, with Flynn, two years before own his death, giving a touching performance as an aging Barrymore in Too Much Too Soon.

 

The 1926 Don Juan occasionally comes on TCM and is a film well worth viewing.

 

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*The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)*

 

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An aging Douglas Fairbanks travelled to England to play an aging Don Juan in this Alexander Korda production. Korda also directed the film, which co-starred his wife, Merle Oberon, as well as Benita Hume, who would later marry another occasional screen swashbuckler, Ronald Colman.

 

This is a curious comedy-adventure, with some lovely black-and-white photography, but little action and a film that ultimately really fails to satisfy. In his last screen role, Fairbanks pokes fun at his own screen image as a romantic figure. The film's screenplay touches on aspects comparing Don Juan as a legend to the reality of him as a man. Fairbanks has to be called a good sport to be willing to play this rather deflated version of the Don. However, neither critics nor fans were particularly pleased with this film at the time of its release, and it was not a success at the box office.

 

The film is worth a look but certainly not in the same league as either the Barrymore or Flynn versions.

 

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Tom - speaking of Fairbanks and Flynn and overlapping roles, have you ever seen the Fairbanks version of ROBIN HOOD? I must admit to being negligent in that regard, but I'm downloading it from the Internet Archive and hopefully it will be watchable in terms of quality.

 

It's also on sale at Deep Discount, so if it's worth the watch, I may go for it.

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clore, by all means take a look at it and make your own assessment.

 

I saw the Fairbanks Robin Hood and remember finding it painfully sloooooooow. It is known for its gigantic sets which send to dwarf the action. But then I'm really not a fan of most of Fairbanks' earliest swashbucklers. The Three Musketeers (with Doug's favourite role as D'Artagnan) was another slow film for me. And I think his Mark of Zorro is completely overshadowed by the Ty Power version.

 

My favourite Fairbanks silents are his later efforts. I love the Thief of Bagdad, not exactly a swashbuckler, I know, but those wonderful huge sets create a real sense of awe for me, and Fairbanks was quite magnificent in it as a 40 year old man in great physical shape. The sets don't overwhelm the action this time. I'm also partial to The Black Pirate, The Gaucho and his last silent, The Iron Mask, playing, very effectively, an older D'Artagnan. It's been years since I saw it but I also recall liking Don Q, Son of Zorro, for which Fairbanks gained mastery at literally cracking a whip for various stunts throughout the film.

 

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Fairbanks as Robin Hood, with Alan Hale as Little John, the first of three occasions in which this actor played the same role

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I've seen most of the Fairbanks actioners and pretty much agree on ZORRO although Doug's film does have some nice stunts. Sound just adds so much in terms of depicting Zorro and his alias.

 

I haven't seen most of them since the 70s, although I did catch THE THIEF OF BAGDAD again on TCM a few years ago. I loved THE BLACK PIRATE, I saw that a number of times as a teen but not since then. My mother turned me on to an abbreviated version of it on the TV show "Silents Please" as she knew that I was an Errol Flynn fan, so she thought that I'd enjoy the Fairbanks film. So, that was my intro to him although it was really just highlights, more like one of those Castle Films 8mm condensations than watching the real feature.

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One of the things about watching silents is the length of the titles, which can really stretch a film out rather unnecessarily. I recall the first time that I saw The Black Pirate many moons ago it ran about two hours or so because the titles appeared to stay on screen FOREVER. (It was also a black-and-white version of the film, which didn't help, plus it had music that was totally inappropriate-that, of course, can kill a silent) It seems to me that the version of The Black Pirate around today runs about 85 minutes and is a lot more enjoyable. I don't think that any of the fim has been cut, just the length of those title cards.

 

I wonder which version of these films silent audiences saw. Did they have title cards that stayed on screen longer than some of the versions of those same films seen today? I have no idea. You know, my memory of that first viewing of The Black Pirate is so vague, maybe with the bad music and the black-and-white grainy image it just seemed like a two hour film.

 

 

 

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Yep, this is about the quality of the image that I had of the Black Pirate the first time I saw it

 

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We sure have it a lot better today with this image quality

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Nothing turns me away from Silent Sunday Nights than one of those Gaylord Carter organ scores. Yes, I know he has his fans, but I have to turn the sound down or else I'll go batty. I have a VHS of WINGS and I usually end up just watcfhing it without the organ score so I'm hoping that the telecast of the film in a few weeks has a new orchestrated one or better still, a reproduction of the original score.

 

While many are down on the Georgio Moroder restoration of METROPOLIS, one thing that I liked about it was that it had superimposed titles. That made it just move so well so that even if one doesn't like the rock score, just watch it with Holst's "The Planets" going on in the background and enjoy.

 

 

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When it comes to listening to the music on silents I am so grateful to full orchestral scores, particularly if composed by some like Carl Davis. I agree with you whole heartedly regarding organ music accompanying a film. Two hours of that and I'm ready to shoot the organist.

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