ANNOUNCEMENT: The Swashathon! A Blogathon of Swashbuckling Adventure

UPDATE: A fresh roster with direct links to the posts can be found here.

I know that I just wrapped the Anti-Damsel Blogathon but I wanted to make sure to claim this date for my next event. I’ve been eyeing it for over a year. Here’s the story:

1915 is the centennial year of Douglas Fairbanks’ movie debut. On November 7, 1915, he released The Lamb and films were never the same again. (Technically, it was his second film but it was released first, so there.) Fairbanks practically invented the swashbuckler movie genre and so I wanted to do something special to celebrate his anniversary.

On November 7, 8 and 9, I will be hosting a wild and adventurous event featuring the finest swashbucklers in the history of cinema! You are invited to join in.


The basics:

1: a swaggering or daring soldier or adventurer
2: a novel or drama dealing with a swashbuckler

What’s a swashbuckler? Whatever you think a swashbuckler is! It can be a costume film but don’t be afraid to try more modern fare as well. The main ingredients are swaggering and fun.

You can cover an individual film, performer or you can write an article about an aspect of the genre or even create your personal best list (e.g. “Top 5 Best Sword Fights”)

All movies have to have been released in or before 1970. All television shows must have debuted in or before 1970. All swashbuckler stars must have been active before 1970.

If a films stars a Fairbanks (Senior or Junior) then it’s okay by me, even if it is not technically a swashbuckler. The anniversary boy (and son) deserve it.

Thinking outside the box is both welcome and encouraged.

No duplicates, please!

I realize that life intervenes and we must always expect the unexpected. However, if you find you cannot take part, please let me know as soon as you can so that I can mark your topic as free once again. Thanks so much!

More Info

“I’ve never done a blogathon before. Help!”

It’s easy! Just tell me your film of choice and then place one ofย  banners in your blog sidebar to advertise the blogathon. On or before the days on the event, send me your link and I will post it for all to see. Blogathons are a great way to spread the word about your blog and increase traffic for everyone and so I recommend them to new bloggers looking to build their audience.

Please feel free to ask if you have any questions. If something is not clear to you, chances are there are others who feel the same way and will appreciate you asking.

“Does my movie have to star a Fairbanks?”

No. While films starring Douglas Fairbanks (senior and junior) are welcome and encouraged, please feel free to claim a movie starring Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power or anyone who takes your fancy.

“I have this movie that has a modern setting but I feel it has the swashbuckler spirit. Can I post about it?”

Yes! Fairbanks actually started out in modern films and they contained plenty of bold adventure and the skillful stunts we expect in swashbuckling films. So in the spirit of celebrating Fairbanks, similar films will be allowed at the event. While I expect that most participants will choose something historical, you are welcome to bring the spirit of the swashbuckler into modern times.

“I want to post about a swashbuckler that has comedy or fantasy elements. Is that okay?”

Yes, comedies and fantasies that display the swashbuckler spirit are very welcome.

“The movie I want to cover is a foreign language release, is that okay?”

Yes, please feel free to choose films made anywhere in the world.

“I want to cover the lives of the men and women who made swashbuckler films.”

Please do! Tell their whole life story or pick fascinating anecdotes. Whatever you like.

“Okay, why the 1970 cutoff date?”

I want this event to primarily focus on the classic swashbucklers. Plus, it saves us all from films starring Kevin Costner and Charlie Sheen. Blech! The Princess Bride is, unfortunately, out of the date range but it’s worth it to avoid the horrors I have just described.

Still not sure what to cover?

Here are a few ideas (but feel free to pick films that aren’t listed here, these are just suggestions):

Lady Swashbucklers: Anne of the Indies (1951), Zorro’s Black Whip (1944), The Spanish Main (1945), At Sword’s Point (1952)

Arabian Nights Swashbucklers: The Thief of Bagdad (1940), The Son of the Sheik (1926), The Golden Blade (1952)

Highwaymen: Dick Turpin (1925), The Wicked Lady (1945)

Silly Swashbucklers: Rupert of Hee Haw (1924, Stan Laurel), The Shriek of Araby (1923), The Princess and the Pirate (1944), The Great Race (1965), The Three Musketeers (1939 spoof version), Robin Hood Daffy (1958)

French Swashbucklers: Captain Fracasse (1929), The Black Tulip (1964), Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)

Alexandre Dumas: The Three Musketeers (1921), Monte Cristo (1922, John Gilbert), The Count of Monte Cristo (1934), The Iron Mask (1929), The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

In Like Flynn: The Prince and the Pauper (1937), Kim (1950), The Warriors (1955), The Master of Ballantrae (1953)

Those Fairbanks Boys: A Modern Musketeer (1917), Robin Hood (1922), Don Q Son of Zorro (1925), Sinbad the Sailor (1947), The Exile (1947)

Swashbuckling Television: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-1959), Zorro (1957-1959), Dr. Syn, the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1963)

Outside the Box:
(Modern films that embody the swashbuckler spirit. Can you think of more?)

Desperate Journey (1942), The Green Archer (1940), All Through the Night (1941)


Movies Silently | The Fighting Eagle (1927) and Flying Fairbanks: The man, the movies, the stunts

Serendipitous Anachronisms | The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque| The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Holmfirth Silents | Robin Hood (1922)

Once Upon a Screen | The Mark of Zorro (1940)

MovieMovieBlogBlog | The Mark of Zorro (1920) and The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)

The Joy and Agony of Movies | The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Moon in Gemini | Captain Blood (1935) and Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

Outspoken and Freckled | Against All Flags (1952)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | The Beloved Rogue (1927) & When a Man Loves (1927) (Barrymore Swashbucklers)

Karavansara | The Court Jester (1955)

Mildred’s Fatburgers | Scaramouche (1923)

Destroy All Fanboys! | The Pirate (1948)

Scribblings | Rupert of Hentzau through the ages

Mind of LeVine | Gunga Din (1939)

A Shroud of Thoughts | The Black Swan (1942)

Critica Retro | The Black Pirate (1926)

Sister Celluloid | The WWI service of Basil Rathbone and others

100 Films in a Year | The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

wolffian classics movies digest | The Prince and the Pauper (1938)

Now Voyaging | The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Nitrate Diva | The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922)

The Last Drive-In | The Sea Hawk (1924)

The Hitless Wonder | The Sea Hawk (1940)

David Bruce Appreciation Society | Real-life sea adventures of Errol Flynn and David Bruce

Love Letters to Old Hollywood | A Thousand and One Nights (1945)

Portraits by Jenni | The Corsican Brothers (1941)

Cinemaven’s Essays from the Couch | Anne of the Indies (1951)

Silver Screenings | The Princess and the Pirate (1944)

Speakeasy | The Wicked Lady (1945)

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You | Frenchman’s Creek (1944)

Smitten Kitten Vintage | The Iron Mask (1929) and The Adventures of Don Juan (1948)

Back to Golden Days | The Three Musketeers (1948)

Special Purpose Movie Blog | The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)

Princess April Morning Glory | A Modern Musketeer (1917)

Cinephilia | Ivanhoe (1952)

The Movie Rat | Robin Hood Daffy (1958)

Caftan Woman | The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)

Cinematic Frontier | All Through the Night (1941)

The Stop Button | The Flame and the Arrow (1950)

MovieFanFare | Arabian Nights (1942)

Musings of an Introvert | Jamaica Inn (1939) and The Buccaneer (1958)

Silver Scenes | The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) and Dr. Syn (1964)

Second Sight Cinema | Beau Geste (1939)

Totally Filmi | Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1952)

Paul M. Cobb | The Golden Blade (1953)

Big V Riot Squad | Cisco Kid

Timeless Hollywood | The Three Musketeers (1921)









93 Replies to “ANNOUNCEMENT: The Swashathon! A Blogathon of Swashbuckling Adventure”

  1. Well, since there are no duplicates, I am gonna be the first to grab The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934 with Leslie Howard!
    This sounds fun! | @kitschmeonce

  2. YOU ARE AMAZING! And I’ll take THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940). ๐Ÿ™‚ If I can figure out a silent as well I’ll reach out.

    Once Upon a Screen

  3. Is a movie in which Danny Kaye crosses swords with Basil Rathbone suitable?
    I’d love to do “The Court Jester”, from 1955.
    A comedy swashbuckler musical.
    What do you say?

    1. Uh oh, someone grabbed that just before you. Do you have another choice?

      PS, would you like to do a post on your favorite swashbuckler comedies? That way you would get to write about The Court Jester AND The Pirate. Just a thought. Let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi, this is Dan from The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog. If the 1940 version of “The Sea Hawk” hasn’t been taken…I’m jumping over the bannister with my sword and grabbing it!

  5. I really don’t know how to do anything technical so I thought I would just follow along for the ride!

  6. Could I do a review of Cary Elwes book “As You Wish”? He talks about how they watched lots of Fairbanks and Flynn movies, especially the sword fighting scenes, to prepare for making “The Princess Bride” and I would focus on that aspect.

    1. Hey there! It’s a fantastic book but it focuses solely on a film outside the date range so I am going to have to say no to this one. Please let me know if you have a second choice.

  7. I just watched The Corsican Brothers Saturday night and not only is it a swashbuckler, it starred Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Plese put me down for your fun blogathon-thanks!

  8. Aye yi me hearties. Fritzi – I would like to buckle my swash to the gloriously beautiful Jean Peters and her turn as pirate in “ANNE OF THE INDIES.” May I?

  9. Fritzi, I just realized my ALL TIME favorite comic swashbuckler movie, Start the Revolution Without Me, just makes the cut-off date.

    May I do that in addition to Captain Blood?

  10. If it works for your theme, I’d like to write about how Errol Flynn and David Bruce of The Seahawk (1940) swashbuckled across the fourth wall into real-life seafaring adventures.

  11. Hi, Fritzi. On behalf on MovieFanFare, I’d like to stake my claim for 1942’s Arabian Nights, with Maria Montez, Jon Hall and Sabu. We’ll probably run it on Monday 11/9, and I’ve put one of your banners on our homepage. Thanks.

    1. Hi Amanda, The Court Jester has already been claimed but please let me know if you have a second choice or if you would like a small list of films that need a home. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oh man! What a great idea for a blogathon, Fritzi! I have such a weakness for swashbucklers. Let me grab these two titles before they are taken ( one is a re-post, if they are permitted ) – Dr. Syn ( 1964 tv series ), and The Prisoner of Zenda ( 1952 ). This is for our blog Silver Scenes.

    If anyone needs a few more suggestions there is :

    Pimpernal Smith ( a modern WW2 swashbuckling remake of The Scarlet Pimpernal )
    Quentin Durward
    Rob Roy : The Highland Rogue
    The Swordsman
    Rogues of Sherwood Forest
    The Prince who was a Thief and of course,
    the Sinbad films….he seems to qualify as a swashbuckler.

  13. Hey Fritziโ€”beg pardon if this shows up twice, I left comment a while ago but it’s not showing up (perhaps being moderated). Great idea for an event! I would like to do Beau Geste (1939) or Prisoner of Zenda (1937) or both. Will that work? Looking forward to it, and thanks for moderating!

    1. Hey there! Yes, I seem to have missed your other comment but I have this one. The 1937 Prisoner of Zenda has been claimed already but Beau Geste is all yours. Looking forward to having you aboard.

  14. I am pleased to see that there are still so many silent film fans. I always liked them and, at one time, had all of the fidelity bank remastered and colorized films! I would however, if it is still available, wish to take the Tyrone Power Mark of Zorro! I would also like to weigh in on the 5 greatest swordfights of all time. Unfortunately, the greatest film of all time (GWTW ) is not a swashbuckler!

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