Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks

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Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks

Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks

Release Date: December 12, 1931

Year    :   1931
Slogan    :   «Here's reality in the making, from all corners of this cockeyed globe.»
Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   Elton Corporation, United Artists
Director    :   Victor Fleming, Douglas Fairbanks
Producers    :   Charles Lewis
Writers    :   Robert E. Sherwood
RunTime    :   80 mins.

With the advent of sound, the world's leading screen idol, Douglas Fairbanks, experienced a downturn in his fortunes. His thin, reedy voice was not suited to the talkies, his marriage to Mary Pickford was on the outs, and his son, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., had replaced him as a major box-office draw. Faced with the Hollywood equivalent of a mid-life crisis, Doug called up three of his best friends - director Victor Fleming, cinematographer Henry Sharp, and production manager Charles Lewis - and took them on a six-month tour of Asia, ostensibly to shoot a travelogue for United Artists (of which Fairbanks was still a major shareholder.) Their first stop is Honolulu, followed in quick succession by Japan, China, Peking, Hong Kong, Indochina, the Philippines, Siam, and India. Fairbanks and company spend time at such noteworthy spots as the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, the Summer Palace and the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum.

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