Here's Frank, in the purple toga, 27 years old, as the despot Dionysius in a
hand-colored publicity still from Damon and Pythias (1914). The 6-reel epic,
with a cast "of over 1000", directed by one of Frank's mentors, Otis Turner
was praised as the very first feature to be made by Universal
at its brand-new "million dollar Universal City" studios.
Looking on as Frank cuts his 38th birthday cake, among the cast and crew,
is his buddy fellow Brit, Victor McLaglen (in the colorful pants) during
the filming of "Winds of Chance". Before acting, McLaglen was a prize-fighter,
one evening famously almost knocking Frank over on his way to the ring.
That was the beginning of their life-long friendship, three films together,
a shared love of the outdoors, jokes and horses.
Here they are on location in cold Truckee, California, where a movie-set
version of the Yukon's Dawson City of 1897 gold rush was built in February,
Frank's birth month, 1925. During the filming of the outdoors scenes,
with cameras and crew all bundled up against the cold and wind,
the audience can see the actors' breath and feel their shivers.
Also staring Anna Q Nilsson as a countess, this movie drama presents
prospectors, trappers, clans, dance hall girls, a murder, a love triangle,
a daring river rescue and beautiful color tinting.
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