Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Meanwhile, Back At Doug And Mary's Shop...
With such a vast and expensive undertaking, they were taking it slow to make sure and get it right. That being the case, Doug's concern (knowing how Hollywood worked, even by 1922) was that some other production company would rush through the filming of the Robin Hood story and beat them to release, thus causing confusion in the event that there were 2 'Robin Hoods' in theaters. So just to be sure there was no confusion on who was making the 'quality' version: "Douglas Fairbanks In Robin Hood".
His efforts were as rewarded. It's a spectacular picture and it also has the distinction of being the first motion picture to be given, what we now know of as, a Hollywood Premiere. The first picture shown in the gorgeous Grauman's Egyptian Theater: