Original photograph of Ernst Lubitsch, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford, circa 1923

N.p. N.p., Circa 1923. Vintage keybook reference photograph of Ernst Lubitsch, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford on the United Artists lot, circa 1923. Mimeo snipe on verso describes Lubitsch preparing to direct Pickford in an upcoming production of "Faust," with Fairbanks dressed as Mephistopheles (likely just donning a hat from his production of "Robin Hood" the year before).

Lubitsch left Germany for Hollywood in 1922, having been contracted by Mary Pickford as a director (Pickford, Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, and Charlie Chaplin had formed the independent film studio United Artists in 1919). Lubitsch and Pickford had intended on making an adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 1908 play "Faust," which, according to Scott Eyman's 1985 biography on Lubitsch, "Laughter in Paradise," Lubitsch had been quite excited to do. Unfortunately, when Pickford's mother, Charlotte, heard of the project, she absolutely forbade her daughter from playing the part of Marguerite, an unwed mother who kills her baby, and the project was scrapped.

Pickford and Lubitsch did end up making the critical and commercial success "Rosita" in 1923 (the only film they would make together). The two clashed during production and after Lubitsch was freed from his contract with United Artists. That year Lubitsch ended up getting an extraordinary three-year, six picture contract with Warner Brothers, guaranteeing him choice of cast and crew and full editing control over the final cut.

8 x 10 inches. Very Good plus, with light creasing and evenly faded.

[Book #150538]

Price: $450.00