The Half Breed


Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:00pm
Webster U./Moore

St. Louis’ Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra returns to SLIFF with an original score and live accompaniment for “The Half Breed,” a newly restored silent featuring Hollywood legend Douglas Fairbanks. In an attempt to brand himself as a serious actor, the smiling swashbuckler Fairbanks starred in this 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. Also on the double bill is the documentary “I, Douglas Fairbanks.”

$20 for double bill and musical performance
72 min.

Directed by

Allan Dwan



Film Category

Archival Presentations Music Spotlight


Native American Romance


Love Story Western
With an original score and live accompaniment by Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra.