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Image: Exhibitors Herald, March 20, 1920

The Corsican Brothers


On February 22, 1920, The Corsican Brothers was released. The working title was The Honor of the Family. This was not an early Mafia movie, as the titles might suggest. It was actually based on a novel of the same name by Alexander Dumas in 1844.


Although the movie contained the usual duel to settle an honor debt, one of the behind-the-scenes injuries involved the star, Dustin Farnum, and a Santa Catalina Island seagull. "Dustin Farnum undertook to caress a seagull  and had to postpone work . . . as a consequence. The seagull did not like, or liked too much, his most important thumb." – Santa Cruz Evening News (Santa Cruz, California), November 22, 1919


A copy survives in the Library of Congress.

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