Silent movie audiences loved their fairy tales and the era had its fill of the fair folk, particularly the 1910s. Of course, not every fairy was benevolent…
We start up with a real classic: the fairy godmother. This is from Mary Pickford’s 1914 Cinderella and the fairy is played by Inez Marcel.
I think this is actually a muse but I won’t tell anyone if you won’t. She is visiting the title character in the 1912 German biopic Theodor Körner and blessing him with, presumably, a skill for poetry.
This is actually a talkie, the 1913 Edison musical entitled Nursery Favorites. The fairy queen gives a graceful twirl and (technology permitting) introduces herself.
And now we have a very rude little fairy indeed. Gladys Hulette plays the sassy pixie in Princess Nicotine.
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