Vintage original 9 X 12 in. US sheet music from the 1920's silent film drama/romance, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS IN ROBIN HOOD, released in 1922 by United Artists and directed by Allan Dwan.
Published in 1922 by Sherman, Clay & Co. (San Francisco), the song is entitled Just an Old Love Song, the "Theme Song in the Photo-Play," with words by Sid Grauman and music by Victor Schertzinger. The front cover features a photographic image of Douglas Fairbanks as "Robin Hood" and the interior consists of 3 page of music. It is in overall good- condition only with a diagonal crease across the entire sheet.
*"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.
*"The film was the most expensive movie at its time, costing approximately $1.4 million. The exterior castle set is reputed to be the largest Hollywood set built for any silent movie (including D.W. Griffith's Intolerance). Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright's son, designed at least one set which he later remodeled as a temporary band shell for the Hollywood Bowl. This film has the distinction of being the first to have a gala premiere. Theater owner Sid Grauman conceived the idea and the premiere was held at Grauman's brand-new Egyptian Theater in Hollywood."
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