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)
John Beverley aka Barnabas Barty in The Amateur Gentleman (1936)
Rupert of Hentzau in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Ballantine in Gunga Din (1939)
David Gillespie in Rulers of the Sea (1939)
Mario Franchi / Lucien Franchi in The Corsican Brothers (1941)
Sinbad in Sinbad, the Sailor (1947)
Charles Stuart (Charles II) in The Exile (1947)
Colonel Ladislas Karolyi Teglas / The Duke in That Lady in Ermine (1948)
The O’Flynn in The Fighting O’Flynn (1949)
What’s your favorite of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.’s historical costume movies?
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.
Definitely Prisoner of Zenda. And he was the bad guy!
Yes! Prisoner of Zenda!
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.
Rupert, of course!
The trousers in the “Fighting O’Flynn” picture has my attention, even if it looks like he’s tucking.