This week’s mystery film has been the 1916 picture “The Half-Breed,” with Douglas Fairbanks, Frank Brownlee, George Beranger, Sam De Grasse, Jewel Carmen, Tom Wilson, Alma Rubens, Winifred Westover and Elmo Lincoln. It was directed by Allan Dwan, production supervisor was D.W. Griffith, photography by Victor Fleming, scenario and titles by Anita Loos, based on Bret Harte’s short story “In the Carquinez Woods.”
This film was the first to be restored by the San Francisco Film Festival and was shown at the festival in 2013. As far as I can tell, the unrestored version is available on DVD, but I can’t find a DVD of the 2013 restoration.
We first see Fairbanks in this establishing shot.
Rob Byrne describes some of the restoration process.
For Monday, we have a mystery guest and a mystery papoose.
Update: So far, this player is unidentified. I was hoping someone in the Brain Trust might recognize him.
Tuesday’s mystery guests debate the merits and evils of John Barleycorn.
Update: Frank Brownlee on the left. Our inebriated friend on the right is unidentified.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie).
And for Wednesday, we have this fashionable mystery gent with a most striking vest.
Update: This is George Beranger.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s Mystery Guest No. 1).
For Thursday, we have this sinister mystery gent …
Update: This is Sam De Grasse.
…. and this lovely mystery woman.
Update: This is Jewel Carmen.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guest).
All will become clear with our leading man tomorrow.
For Friday, our leading lady and leading man. How did he do such fantastic stunts with such little feet?
Update: Douglas Fairbanks and Alma Rubens.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests) and Sue Slutzky (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guest No. 1, Wednesday’s mystery guest and Thursday’s mystery guests). Note: Mary says the mystery film was shot in Calaveras County.