The Good Bad Man
|The Good Bad Man|
1916 trace art theatrical poster
|Directed by||Allan Dwan|
|Produced by||Douglas Fairbanks|
|Written by||Douglas Fairbanks|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The film was originally distributed by Triangle Film Corporation. The film was edited and re-released by Tri-Stone Pictures in 1923. A still photo from the film published in Overland Monthly (November 1916) refers to the film as Coyote of the Rio Grande and gives the name of Fairbanks' character as "Coyote McCall".
- Douglas Fairbanks as "Passin' Through"
- Sam De Grasse as Bud Frazer / The Wolf
- Pomeroy Cannon as Bob Evans the Marshal
- Joseph Singleton as Weazel
- Bessie Love as Amy
- Mary Alden as Jane Stuart
- George Beranger as Thomas Stuart
- Fred Burns as Sheriff
- Charles Stevens as a Bandit (uncredited)
- Jim Mason as a Bandit (uncredited)
On May 31, 2014, a restored print of the 1923 version was shown at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival at the Castro Theatre. This print has an original title at the beginning: "Supervised by D. W. Griffith".
Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance finds The Good Bad Man fascinating for what it reveals about Fairbanks the man. Vance writes:
Passin' Through's unresolved relationship with an absent father and concerns of illegitimacy were also central to the identity of the offscreen Fairbanks, born Douglas Ulman. His mother, Ella Fairbanks (née Marsh), had been twice married before meeting attorney H. Charles Ulman, the son of German-Jewish immigrants. An alcoholic and bigamist, Ulman abandoned his new family when Douglas was five years old. At that time, Douglas's mother changed the family's surname to that of her deceased first husband, "Fairbanks." H. Charles Ulman died in 1915 and was undoubtedly in Fairbanks's thoughts in early 1916 when he developed the story of The Good Bad Man. The personal concerns and anxieties Fairbanks felt toward his identity were deeply concealed, which makes their exploration with his film's restless hero fascinating to watch.
- Progressive Silent Film List: The Good Bad Man at silentera.com
- Lombardi, Frederic (2013). Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios. McFarland. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-786-43485-5.
- Vance, Jeffrey. The Good Bad Man San Francisco Silent Film Festival program book, May 29 – June 1, 2014.
- Vance, Jeffrey. Douglas Fairbanks. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-520-25667-5.
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