Vintage original 7 x 9 in. US double-weight matte photograph from the epic 1920's action/adventure silent film drama/romance, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS IN ROBIN HOOD, released in 1922 by United Artists and directed by Allan Dwan.The image features an exerior shot outside the castle of Richard the Lion-Heartedas a knight prepares for a joust with the Earl of Huntingdon (Douglas Fairbanks). This photograph was taken by C. S. Warrington, a staff photographer for the Douglas Fairbanks Co. (as per a rubber stamp on the verso). It is in fine+ condition with a small embossed stamp from Western Costume Company on the lower left corner and a light trim with serrated edges. Among several rubber stamps on the verso is one from the "Research Division - Western Costume Co. - Los Angeles, California."Provenance: The Research Division of Western Costume Co.
*"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."
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