Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Violence: Douglas Fairbanks shoots furrier with arrow, New York 1922.

"Shot With An Arrow in Fifth Avenue", New York Times, 4 October 1922:

"Standing near an open window in his furrier's shop on the fourth floor of 557 Fifth Avenue ... Abraham Seligman felt a sudden, sharp sting in his chest. A steel-tipped arrow, twenty-six inches long, had winged its way silently through the window, pierced his coat and vest and buried its point in the chest wall.... Atop a building under construction nearby they [detectives] found another arrow, but workmen could not tell whence it had come. Assured by Seligman that he had not been concerned in a recent furriers' strike and that he had no enemies who might seek to slay him -- novel-wise -- with curare-poisoned arrows, the detectives finally put the incident down as a prank of a boy with a good bow and a lusty arm."

"Doug Fairbanks Calls on Man Hurt by Arrow", New York Times, 5 October 1922:

"The mystery surrounding the source of the arrow which sped across Madison Avenue roofs and struck Abraham Seligman ... cleared somewhat yesterday, when Douglas Fairbanks called at the Seligman home ... and explained that he and several other persons had been "fooling with a bow and some arrows" on the roof of the Hotel Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday.

...When his attention was called to a photograph of Fairbanks holding a bow and arrow, Lieutenant John Fraser of the East Fifty-first Street Station started an investigation. Fairbanks, however, was ahead of him. He had read of Mr. Seligman's wound in the morning newspapers and hastened to the Seligman home with his attorney, Dennis F. O'Brien. When Detective Andrews reached the Seligman home the actor had left, and the furrier said he had no complaint to make".

Douglas Fairbanks, with good bow and lusty arm, on the cover of Picture Show, 1 March 1924.

Allan Dwan tells a version of this story in Peter Bogdanovich's Who The Devil Made It?

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