The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1449 Monday, 7 August 2000.
Date: Friday, 28 Jul 2000 07:25:57 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 11.1427 Swordplay Primer
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1427 Swordplay Primer
Ralph Faulkner, an old Hollywood fencing instructor who served as
fencing double for many of the forties swashbucklers, had many
delightful swordplay anecdotes about the Hollywood fencers-who did their
own fencing and who used doubles and what was happening in the film.
Although he was nearly blind when I met him in the early 80's, he still
taught fencing by touch out of Faulkner Studios in Hollywood. A portion
of his studio area had been converted to an Equity waiver theatre.
Playwright Randy Ball was interviewing him with a plan to create a play
about him. I don't know if that ever came to fruition before Ralph
died. If it did, that might also provide some book material.
Mary Emily Anderson
Bonita Vista High, Library Media Teacher