Geoscientist of the Week

Guest Videos: The Geologist Who Lunged At Douglas Fairbanks With A Sword


Volcanology and seismology are the geological fields most of us think of when we hear the word “geologist,” but there is much more to it.

However, this is usually not the sort of work that captures the public imagination:



Sometimes, though, the stars align even for the humble field geologist.

Literally.

This story is from a Douglas Fairbanks biography I read years ago–it was either the Vance, Maretta, Cushman one or the excellent Doug and Mary by Gary Carey. Neither book is available now, unfortunately, and I can’t look up this lucky geologist’s name.

He was working in oil fields somewhere in the Los Angeles area in the early 1920s. Apparently the work load was light one day, and he decided to check out a movie production down the road (scroll down)–Robin Hood, with Douglas Fairbanks.

Fairbanks ran a very relaxed set, and he met this geologist, got into conversation with him, and offered him a small part in the movie. The extended scene is below: the sequence that was being filmed that day was a bad guy–our geologist–running out of a doorway and lunging at Fairbanks’ character, but you should also see the whole thing, which involves Doug singlehandedly storming the castle to save Maid Marian:



By the way, that bad guy–superbly played by Paul Dickey–is about to slug Maid Marian before raping her, and Robin Hood eventually kills him by wrapping him around a pillar and breaking his back.

They did not mess around in the silent era. And they conveyed all of this profound evil and horror without graphic violence.

It was an interesting time.

Especially for a field geologist one day.


Featured image: Wikimedia



Advertisements

About BJ Deming

After getting an associate's degree in forestry, I studied geology as an undergraduate back in the 1980s but went into medical transcription instead. It just worked out better for me. The Internet renewed my interest in geoscience as a hobby, and when I retired in 2014, I decided to write a book about cat evolution. That started a new career for me (enormous fun but not self-supporting yet). Right now, besides blogging I am finishing up the first two books in a self-published ebook series about the cat family and its history. Thanks for your interest!

0 comments on “Guest Videos: The Geologist Who Lunged At Douglas Fairbanks With A Sword

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

volcanohotspot.wordpress.com/

Volcano News, Discussions, Chat and more

Laelaps

"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it." - Terry Pratchett

The Road To Endeavour

Walking alongside Opportunity as she explores Endeavour...

chasing sabretooths

Join Mauricio Antón in his search for clues to restore ancient life

Modern Astronomy

Discoveries, Journeys & Milestones in Space Exploration

volcanicdegassing

Posts mainly about volcanoes

Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more)

by John Bengtson "the great detective of silent film locations" New York Times

Sliding Thought Blog

Washington's Landslide Blog

Mysteries & Conundrums

Exploring the Civil War-era landscape in the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania region.

The Elements Unearthed

Our Discovery and Usage of the Chemical Elements

Inside the Eye

Official Blog of the National Hurricane Center

Keith Picot

Silence Is Golden

%d bloggers like this: