Douglas Fairbanks Double Feature from Kino Lorber

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Douglas Fairbanks Double Feature from Kino Lorber

PostThu Apr 12, 2018 8:36 am


I wanted to let everyone know that on May 1, Kino Lorber will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD a double feature of early Douglas Fairbanks films, THE HALF-BREED (1916) and THE GOOD BAD MAN (1916), each directed by early Hollywood pioneer Allan Dwan. Both films contain scores composed and performed by Donald Sosin." target="_blank

Special features including audio commentaries on both films by Tracey Goessel and Robert Byrne, "Amazing Tales from the Archives: Restoring The Half-Breed (1916)", and a photo gallery.

In an attempt to brand himself as a serious actor, the smiling swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks starred in THE HALF-BREED (1916), a Western melodrama written by Anita Loos and directed with flair by Allan Dwan. Fairbanks stars as Lo Dorman, who has been ostracized from society because of his mixed ethnicity - his Native American mother was abandoned by his white father. When Lo catches the eye of the rich white debutante Nellie (Jewel Carmen), he becomes a target for the racist Sheriff Dunn (Sam De Grasse), who wants to break them up and take Nellie for his own. This love triangle becomes a quadrangle with the arrival of Teresa (Alma Rubens), who is on the run from the law. Through fire and fury Lo must decide who and what he truly loves.

Both of these films provide a chance to see Fairbanks early in his screen career, in important roles that helped launch his career as one of the biggest stars of the silent era.
Matt Barry
Kino Lorber, Inc.

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