The Mollycoddle

The Mollycoddle is a 1920 American film starring Douglas Fairbanks and Wallace Beery, and directed by Victor Fleming.[1][2] Beery plays an ice-cold villain brawling with Fairbanks' character all the way down the side of a steep mountain in one sequence. A copy of the film is in the Museum of Modern Art and in other film collections.[1]

The Mollycoddle
Movie poster
Directed byVictor Fleming
Written byThomas J. Geraghty
Harold MacGrath
StarringDouglas Fairbanks
Wallace Beery
CinematographyWilliam McGann
Harry Thorpe
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • June 13, 1920 (1920-06-13)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Richard Marshall (Fairbanks), nicknamed The Mollycoddle by his friends, is the descendant of hard-hitting, fearless western stock, and although born in Arizona he has been raised since a child in England and acquired English ways. Upon meeting some Americans who are about to go home in a private yacht, he joins them. Fearing that Richard is a secret service operative, the owner of the yacht, who is smuggling diamonds into the United States, withdraws the invitation. Friends, however, smuggle him aboard and, when the owner discovers him, he is put to work shoveling coal in the boiler room. Off the coast of Texas he jumps ship and swims ashore, is picked up by a fishing net and eventually makes his way to Arizona, where the party is exploring the diamond mines. Richard discovers the plot to blow up a mountain and hem the party in a little valley. The scheme nearly succeeds, but Richard captures the smuggler in a tall tree, rolls with him down a steep embankment, and drags a half-drowned man to shore. In addition, he of course win the girl, who turns out to be a detective in service to Uncle Sam.

Cast (in credits order)

Uncredited cast

  • Bob Burns as Barfly (uncredited)
  • Frank Campeau as Man at Trading Post (uncredited)
  • Eagle Eye as Chief (uncredited)
  • Bull Montana as Cannery Worker (uncredited)

Production crew

  • Cinematography by William C. McGann and Harris Thorpe
  • Art Direction by Edward M. Langley
  • Second Unit Director Theodore Reed
  • Technical effects by Robert Fairbanks
  • Supervisor - Douglas Fairbanks


  1. Progressive Silent Film List: The Mollycoddle at
  2. "The Mollycoddle". American Film Institute. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  3. "Reviews: The Mollycoddle". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (26): 83. June 26, 1920.

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