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The Good Bad Man (1916)

An outlaw calling himself Passin' Through halts his "evil" ways long enough to help out some children in difficulty.


Allan Dwan




Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks ... Passin' Through
Sam De Grasse ... The Wolf / Bud Frazer
Pomeroy Cannon Pomeroy Cannon ... U.S. Marshal / Bob Evans (as Doc Cannon)
Joseph Singleton Joseph Singleton ... Weazel
Bessie Love ... The Girl / Sarah May
Mary Alden ... Jane Stuart
George Beranger ... Thomas Stuart
Fred Burns Fred Burns ... Sheriff


An outlaw calling himself Passin' Through halts his "evil" ways long enough to help out some children in difficulty.

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Romance | Western







Release Date:

21 April 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passing Through See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fine Arts Film Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Restored May 2014 by San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Cinematheque Francaise, and the Film Preservation Society. See more »


Sarah May: Are you really goin'?
Passin' Through: Goin'? I'm plumb gone!
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The story of a 'queer bad man'.
18 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While Douglas Fairbanks is famous for his fantasy and adventure films (such as THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, ROBIN HOOD and THE MARK OF ZORRO), he also made a variety of other films...including some westerns early in his film career. TCM showed two of them tonight, THE GOOD BAD MAN and THE HALF-BREED. Both are about equally enjoyable and both have nice location shoots.

When the film begins, a guy named 'Passin' Through' (Fairbanks) is introduced. He's a bit of a petty criminal who helps the poor and downtrodden...but is also more like an 11 year-old who is a criminal. He causes little serious harm but is more a traveling jerk. However, his jerky ways and traveling come to an end by the finale of this film. Why? Because he learns the truth about his absent father...and how a REALLY bad man named Frazer (also known as 'The Wolf') is responsible for his murder...and Passin' is determined to punish him...as well as marry the sweet girl (Bessie Love).

This is a very exciting film for 1915. Sure, later westerns were a bit more sophisticated...but not much. The story is very well done for the time and Fairbanks and the rest quite engaging.

By the way, the quote in the summary is the way Passin's girlfriend refers to him. My how times have changed.

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