Really delightful newspaper picture starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (still a teen and trying to forge his own career outside of his father’s gigantic swashbuckling shadow) and directed by Frank Capra, whose career was really firing up.Continue reading “Fun Size Review: The Power of the Press (1928)”
Okay, so this annoyingly peppy cub reporter muffs a big story. So clearly you need to throw the kid out on his bottom. Just remember who this kid’s father is, buster.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in one of his breakout hits– directed by none other than Frank Capra! Doug plays a cub reporter who is desperate for a scoop. He gets it when he manages to implicate a young lady (Jobyna Ralston) in a scandalous murder. Seeing the damage he has done to innocent Jobyna, Doug sets out to catch the real killer.
Like so many Frank Capra heroes, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is a wide-eyed innocent in a cynical world. Why, of course the young lady he saw fleeing the scene of a murder is blameless! She’s crying. Would a guilty woman cry? I rest my case.
And since this is a Frank Capra film (The Power of the Press), our innocent young fellow is absolutely correct. She is innocent.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was all of 18 when he starred in The Power of the Press and does he ever act like it! This cute bit of physical comedy is from a scene where poor Doug is fired and is given the bum’s rush. However, he is not taking it lying down!
The film was a huge one for both Fairbanks and some kid director named Frank Capra.
Note: This blog does not advocate real-life pants kicking. Even when it’s hilarious!
It’s baaack! Another modern movie re-imagined as a silent. This time, it’s The Princess Bride and it is taking a little trip back to 1928. If you have only seen Mary Astor and William Powell in the talkies, you may be interested to know that in the silents, she was often the dainty princess and he was often a sneering villain. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. did not try his hand at swashbuckling until 1937’s Prisoner of Zenda (Astor was in that one too) but I crave your indulgence because I think he is a perfect Westley.
Rudolf (Lewis Stone) is an Englishman on holiday in the unstable European kingdom of Ruritania. It turns out that he is a dead ringer for the soon-to-be-crowned king (also Lewis Stone). This comes in handy when the king is kidnapped by his evil brother and Rudolf must take his place to save the kingdom. A young Ramon Novarro has a star-making turn as the theatrical (and homicidal) Rupert of Hentzau.
Rudolph Valentino finally came up with the perfect movie formula in this 1925 hit: Action Lover. Valentino is a fun-loving Cossack who turns down the advances of the Czarina. Forced on the run, he takes the opportunity to seek revenge against his father’s enemy. And wouldntcha know it, that enemy just happens to have a beautiful daughter.
Continue reading “The Eagle (1925) A Silent Film Review”