the nut

the nut

Douglas Fairbanks in "The Nut"- 1921-Love and romance-A rare silent film comedy-Full movie

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The Nut , starring Douglas Fairbanks, is a 1921 American silent film comedy directed by Theodore Reed. This film is about an eccentric inventor Charlie Johnson (Douglas Fairbanks) who is constantly trying to win the heart of his beloved, Estrell Wynn (Marguerite De La Motte). The film is set in Greenwich Village. This movie should be seen not only because of Fairbanks' funny antics, but also because it conveys a deep sense of chivalry on his part. He will do anything for Estrell's love. Mr. Fairbanks has long been associated with silent action pictures involving swashbucklers, adventure and romance. So it's a big surprise to see that he actually made a comedy--and a good one to boot. However, if you expect to see "slapstick" with kicking, pratfalls and lots of insane action, this will be a surprise. There are only a few such elements in the film (particularly at the beginning) and the movie really is more plot-based than most silent comedies. Fairbanks shows that he COULD handle such a film. As Jeffrey Vance said (in the biography "Douglas Fairbanks", excerpts of which are included in the Flicker Alley booklet), "The picture is like a chaotic funhouse, filled with magical masquerades, illusions, and gimmicks of great momentary amusement. However, the material is in dire need of a cohesive plot—or at least a clear perspective—to make it truly enjoyable." Additionally, there are some funny intertitles, especially near the beginning, which directly address or talk directly to viewers; this sort of title writing had been one of the more clever aspects of Fairbanks's comedies since his teaming with Anita Loos on "His Picture in the Papers" (1916). And, there's some multiple-exposure trick photography for the "X-Ray", see-through-view of Doug climbing through a vent during the climax. Douglas Fairbanks as Charlie Jackson Marguerite De La Motte as Estrell Wynn William Lowery as Philip Feeney Gerald Pring as Gentleman George Morris Hughes as Pernelius Vanderbrook Jr Barbara La Marr as Claudine Dupree Resources: wikipedia.org, imdb.com New soundtrack and dubbing: Cinemateca Music: Kevin Mac Leod (www.incompetch.com) licensed under Creative Commons licence http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/ . Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/