THE BLACK PIRATE
1926, 88 min, USA, Dir: Albert Parker

Shot in two-strip Technicolor, THE BLACK PIRATE stars Douglas Fairbanks in the title role as a nobleman who vows revenge on the brigands who killed his father, and joins their crew to exact it. Damsel in distress Billie Dove might distract him from his mission, but Fairbanks is in his element as a buccaneer – the sequence in which he singlehandedly captures a ship will leave you in awe.


THE GAUCHO (1927)
1927, Kino International, 115 min, USA, Dir: F. Richard Jones

THE GAUCHO is unique among Douglas Fairbanks' swashbucklers in both look and tone, taking place in a magnificent white city, high in the Andes, purpose-built for Fairbanks' amazing stunts. Playing an amoral Bandit King, he dances an erotic tango with the Mountain Girl - the first appearance of future screen sensation Lupe Velez.


TAMING OF THE SHREW
1929, United Artists, 63 min, USA, Dir: Sam Taylor

“America’s Sweetheart” may have seemed an unusual choice to play a fiery female, but the Mary Pickford-Douglas Fairbanks team proves unbeatable in this adaptation of the classic Shakespearean comedy. In 16th-century Italy, the bold Petruchio (Fairbanks) rises to the challenge of wooing shrewish Katherine (Pickford), whose headstrong ways have driven off all other suitors. The first sound version of the play on film, this version was originally shot as a silent film, with all the dialogue and sound effects added at a later stage. This was the only film the famous couple made together and the first sound film for Fairbanks.


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