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The Man from Painted Post

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The Man from Painted Post
Film poster
Directed byJoseph Henabery
Millard Webb (assistant director)
Written byDouglas Fairbanks
Based onSilver Slippers
by Jackson Gregory
Produced byDouglas Fairbanks
StarringDouglas Fairbanks
Eileen Percy
CinematographyVictor Fleming
Edited byJoseph Henabery
Billy Shay (editorial ass't)
Distributed byArtcraft Pictures
Release date
  • October 1, 1917 (1917-10-01)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
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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.[1][2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] 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.



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.[4][5][6][7] Location photography consisting of scenes of cattle country was taken near Laramie, Wyoming at Jelm.[1][8]


  1. ^ a b Progressive Silent Film List: The Man from Painted Post at
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911–20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  3. ^ "Reviews: The Man from Painted Post". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (17): 26. October 20, 1917.
  4. ^ Rose, Liza (April 29, 2012), "100 years ago, Fort Lee was the first town to bask in movie magic", The Star-Ledger, retrieved November 11, 2012
  5. ^ Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8
  6. ^ "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  7. ^ Fort Lee Film Commission (2006), Fort Lee Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4501-5
  8. ^ Junge, Mark (January 19, 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form: Jelm-Frank Smith Ranch Historic District". National Park Service.
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