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Vintage original 11 x 14 in. US lobby card from the 1920's silent film drama/romance, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS IN ROBIN HOOD, released in 1922 by United Artists and directed by Allan Dwan.


The image depicts a close shot of the handsome Earl of Huntingdon (Douglas Fairbanks), who masquerades as Robin Hood, sharing a happy moment with many pretty maidens inside a castle. The border artwork features a full-length image of Fairbanks in costume as Robin Hood, holding a bow with his sword at his side. It is unrestored in fine- condition, as it measures approximately 10-7/8 x 13-7/8 in. and was either inadvertently cut to a smaller size during the printing process or had subsequently been lightly trimmed. It had previously been framed and bears the outline from a mat near the outer edges. On the verso at the top are two small pieces of white tape where the back of the lobby card had been affixed to the mat to hold it in place.


*"Robin Hood is a 1922 silent adventure film starring Douglas Fairbanks and Wallace Beery. It was the first motion picture ever to have a Hollywood premiere, held at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on October 18, 1922. The movie's full title, under which it was copyrighted, is Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood. It was one of the most expensive films of the 1920s, with a budget estimated at about one million dollars. The film was a smash hit and generally received favorable reviews.


A huge castle set and an entire 12th-century village of Nottingham were constructed at the Pickford-Fairbanks Studio in Hollywood. Some sets were designed by architect Lloyd Wright. Director Allan Dwan later recalled that Fairbanks was so overwhelmed by the scale of the sets that he considered cancelling production at one point. The castle was largely built of wood, wire, and plaster. The exceptions were the concrete floor and the (wood-covered) steel drawbridge.


The story was adapted for the screen by Fairbanks (as "Elton Thomas"), Kenneth Davenport, Edward Knoblock, Allan Dwan, and Lotta Woods, and was produced by Fairbanks for his own production company, Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corporation, and distributed by United Artists, a company owned by Fairbanks, his wife Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith. This swashbuckling adventure was based on the legendary tale of the medieval hero, Robin Hood, and was the first production to present many of the elements of the legend that became familiar to movie audiences in later versions, although an earlier treatment had been filmed a decade before in the woods around Fort Lee, New Jersey, featuring even more flamboyant costumes than the Fairbanks version."

*(source: Wikipedia)




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