~The Half-Breed~
1916
Directed by: Allan Dwan

Written by: Anita Loos

Based on the story "In The Carquinez Woods," by Bret Harte      
~Cast~

Douglas Fairbanks ... Lo Dorman (Sleeping Water)
Alma Rubens ... Teresa
Sam De Grasse ... Sheriff Dunn
Tom Wilson ... Dick Curson
Frank Brownlee ... Winslow Wynn (as Frank Brown Lee)
Jewel Carmen ... Nellie
George Beranger ... Jack Brace
Wyatt Earp ... Face in the crowd (uncredited)
Elmo Lincoln ... The Doctor (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Fine Arts Film Company

Distribution Company: Triangle Distributing

Produced by: D.W. Griffith
Music by: Donald Sosin
Cinematography by: Victor Fleming

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 73 Minutes
Released: July 30, 1916
~Plot Synopsis~
Douglas Fairbanks Sr.'s splendid physique was seen in all its pristine glory in the 1916 western The
Half-Breed. In what might have been a movie first, the title character is sympathetically portrayed,
despite the "onus" of having Indian blood. Living as an outcast, young Lo Dorman (Fairbanks) is
welcomed back into society by pretty preacher's daughter Nellie (Jewel Carmen), who cares not a
whit about his mixed parentage. But Dorman's presence in town proves uncomfortable for Sheriff
Dunne (Sam DeGrasse) -- who, unbeknownst to anyone himself, is Lo's father. The sheriff does his
worst to discredit Lo in the eyes of the townsfolk, whereupon our hero joins a travelling medicine
show, finding true happiness with another "outcast," dance-hall girl Teresa (Alma Rubens). In an
interview with Kevin Brownlow, director Allan Dwan revealed that The Half-Breed almost didn't get
made, thanks to the interference of Fairbank's then wife, who didn't want her husband to appear as
an "unwashed" half-breed. To circumvent this, Dwan inserted a scene showing a nearly nude
Fairbanks taking a "bath" in a river, then thoroughly scrubbing himself and his clothes with sand. "He
was a washed Indian, not a dirty Indian," Dwan explained. "I only put the scene in to satisfy Mrs.
Fairbanks." Unfortunately, only the first two reels of The Half-Breed are known to exist.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com