MCM: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.


He was featured in at least 100 movies and TV shows and was the son of an equally famous movie star. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. didn’t specialize in historical costume movies, but due to his prolific career, he certainly made a few of them, especially the swashbuckling adventure sort. And he looked mighty fine in action, so enjoy some vintage man candy on this Monday!


Grand Duke Peter in The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)


John Beverley aka Barnabas Barty in The Amateur Gentleman (1936)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., The Amateur Gentleman (1936)

With Elissa Landi.


Rupert of Hentzau in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)


Ballantine in Gunga Din (1939)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Gunga Din (1939)

With Joan Fontaine.


David Gillespie in Rulers of the Sea (1939)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rulers of the Sea (1939)

With Margaret Lockwood.


Mario Franchi / Lucien Franchi in The Corsican Brothers (1941)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., The Corsican Brothers (1941)


Sinbad in Sinbad, the Sailor (1947)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Sinbad, the Sailor (1947)


Charles Stuart (Charles II) in The Exile (1947)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., The Exile (1947)


Colonel Ladislas Karolyi Teglas / The Duke in That Lady in Ermine (1948)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., That Lady in Ermine (1948)

With Betty Grable.


The O’Flynn in The Fighting O’Flynn (1949)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., The Fighting O'Flynn (1949)


What’s your favorite of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.’s historical costume movies?

6 Responses

  1. thestoryenthusiast

    He certainly had a pretty face, almost too pretty for a man. Gunga Din is such a classic, but his performance in Prisoner of Zenda is one of his best.

  2. Andrew.

    And his swashbuckling was not just acting in movies. Google ‘Beach Jumper’ and look at the wiki page…

    And he stole the show from Ronald Coleman, (no mean feat that), as Rupert of Hentzau.

  3. Saraquill

    The trousers in the “Fighting O’Flynn” picture has my attention, even if it looks like he’s tucking.