Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sat, May 14, 2016
7:00pm
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Doug & Mary 90th Anniversary Double Feature!
SPARROWS / THE BLACK PIRATE
Presented by the American Cinematheque in association with the Mary Pickford Foundation and Rack Focus

90 years ago today, May 14, 1926, Sid Grauman held a double premiere of the latest films by two of his favorite stars - husband and wife, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Mary Pickford's SPARROWS played first, followed by Douglas Fairbanks in THE BLACK PIRATE! It may well be the only time that a double premiere was ever held at the Egyptian Theatre or anywhere else! Tonight we will recreate Grauman's "Doug and Mary Premiere."

First the audience will be moved to tears as Mary, but an adolescent herself, provides the mistreated orphans on a "baby farm," near a swamp infested with alligators, with some maternal care, while Doug swashbuckles on the high seas in the second feature!

In keeping with tradition, Doug and May will NOT be in attendance. They wrote a letter to their fans that was published in the program to send regrets that they had to be away on the night of the premiere.

These two archival prints will play with live accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

Pickford scholar and author (My First Time In Hollywood, Without Lying Down) Cari Beauchamp will introduce SPARROWS and Fairbanks biographer (The First King of Hollywood) Tracey Goessel will introduce THE BLACK PIRATE. Both speakers will sign books in the lobby before the films and at intermission.

The original program for the evening details the Sid Grauman orchestrated prologues. In the spirit of the premiere night 90 years ago, we will present our version of "The Duel Dance of the Buccaneer Beauties" prior to THE BLACK PIRATE - and a few other live performance surprises!

Special Ticket Price: $15 General, $13 Student/Senior, $11 Cinematheque Members. No Passes Accepted

Pickford scholar Cari Beauchamp will introduce SPARROWS and Fairbanks biographer Tracey Goessel will introduce THE BLACK PIRATE.
Archival Print!

SPARROWS
1926, 84 min, USA, Dir: William Beaudine

In her final juvenile role, Mary Pickford shines as Molly, the eldest of a group of orphans held as virtual slaves by the nefarious Mr. Grimes (Gustav von Seyffertitz) on a farm deep in the bayou. With its German expressionist look and a thrilling chase through a swamp filled with hungry alligators, this is one of “America’s Sweetheart’s” most memorable silents.


Archival Print!

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.


35mm print of SPARROWS courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. 35mm print of THE BLACK PIRATE courtesy of the British Film Institute. Book sales courtesy of Larry Edmunds Bookshop.
Egyptian Theatre • Sat, May 14, 2016 • 7:00pm
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