GenreComedy, Romance, Western CinematographyVictor Fleming CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles) DirectorJoseph Henabery
Millard Webb (asst director) Release dateOctober 1, 1917 (1917-10-01) Based onSilver Slippers
by Jackson Gregory WriterDouglas Fairbanks (scenario), Jackson Gregory (story), Joseph Henabery (titles) DirectorsJoseph Henabery, Millard Webb CastDouglas Fairbanks ('Fancy Jim' Sherwood), Eileen Percy (Jane Forbes), Frank Campeau ('Bull' Madden), Frank Clark (Toby Madden), Herbert Standing (Warren Bronson), William Lowery (Charles Ross) GenresWestern, Comedy, Drama, Romance Film Similar moviesDouglas Fairbanks and others appear in The Man from Painted Post and Wild and Woolly
The Man from Painted Post is a 1917 American Western drama film produced by and starring Douglas Fairbanks. The scenario by Fairbanks is based on a short story Silver Slippers by Jackson Gregory. Joseph Henabery is the official director, with probably a lot of input by Fairbanks himself, and future director Victor Fleming is the cinematographer. A copy of the film survives in 16mm format.
As described in a film magazine, Fancy Jim Sherwood (Fairbanks), the man from Painted Post, turns to the business of hunting the bad men who infest the cattle country of Wyoming after desperate character called "30-30" Smith shoots and kills his sister. He becomes proficient in handling a six-shooter and joins the detective force that protects the cattle from rustlers. Continued loss from the Big and Little Laramie district call him hence and, in order to allay suspicion as to his real occupation, he goes in the guise of an Eastern tenderfoot who has purchased a ranch. He soon finds that Bull Madden (Campeau) is responsible for the cattle thefts and that he is also forcing his attentions on Jane Forbes (Percy), a girl school teacher from the East. Sherwood falls in love with her and naively suggests that she "needs some protection - a - a - a watch dog, for instance." Sherwood soon finds out that Madden is none other than "30-30" Smith, and renews his efforts to place the man under arrest. While attempting to steal some "V" ranch cattle, Madden are captured by Sherwood's men in a battle at a deserted cave where Madden and his gang have hidden the school teacher. There follows the usual sunset and fade out as with Sherwood and Jane ride into the west together.
Douglas Fairbanks - Fancy Jim Sherwood
Eileen Percy - Jane Forbes, the Schoolmarm
Frank Campeau - Bull Madden
Frank Clark - Toby Madden
Herbert Standing - Warren Bronson
William Lowery - Charles Ross
Rhea Haines - Wah-na Madden
Charles Stevens - Tony Lopez
Monte Blue - Slim Carter
The Man from Painted Post was filmed in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where many early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based at the beginning of the 20th century. Location photography consisting of scenes of cattle country was taken near Laramie, Wyoming at Jelm.