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Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford Premiere

Located at the Egyptian Theatre

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 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 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.

The films will play with live accompaniment.

Pickford scholar Cari Beauchamp will introduce SPARROWS and Fairbanks biographer Tracey Goesell will introduce THE BLACK PIRATE. Both speakers will sign books in the lobby before the films and at intermission.

Stay tuned for more details, and do save the date!

Pickford scholar Cari Beauchamp will introduce SPARROWS and Fairbanks biographer Tracey Goesell will introduce THE BLACK PIRATE.