6.9/10
517
7 user 2 critic

Wild and Woolly (1917)

Passed | | Comedy, Western, Romance | 24 June 1917 (USA)
A rich young Easterner who has always wanted to live in "the Wild West" plans to move to a Western town. Unknown to him, the town's "wild" days are long gone, and it is an orderly, ... See full summary »

Director:

John Emerson

Writers:

Horace B. Carpenter (story), Anita Loos (scenario) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Psychiatrist Dr. Ulrich Metz attempts to drive Daniel Brown to suicide.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Albert MacQuarrie, Kathleen Clifford
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Edith Erastoff, John Ekman
The Blue Bird (1918)
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Tourneur
Stars: Tula Belle, Robin Macdougall, Edwin E. Reed
Terje Vigen (1917)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later, when his enemy's family finds itself dependent on Terje's beneficence, Terje must ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, August Falck, Edith Erastoff
Hell's Hinges (1916)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the wayward western town known as Hell's Hinges, a local tough guy is reformed by the faith of a good woman.

Directors: Charles Swickard, William S. Hart, and 1 more credit »
Stars: William S. Hart, Clara Williams, Jack Standing
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife.

Director: Erich von Stroheim
Stars: Sam De Grasse, Francelia Billington, Erich von Stroheim
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn.

Director: Richard Oswald
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Leo Connard, Ilse von Tasso-Lind
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

With her family in financial difficulties, Rebecca is sent to live with her two strict, unfeeling aunts, who do not appreciate the young girl's charm and energy. Rebecca must make new ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Mary Pickford, Eugene O'Brien, Helen Jerome Eddy
Otets Sergiy (1918)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Prince Kasatsky is a just and proud youth, shock and disappointment with the world bring him to church, he becomes father Sergius. It is a story of his piety and temptation.

Directors: Yakov Protazanov, Alexandre Volkoff
Stars: Ivan Mozzhukhin, Olga Kondorova, V. Dzheneyeva
Ingeborg Holm (1913)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Single mother is separated from her children due to financial struggles.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Hilda Borgström, Aron Lindgren, Erik Lindholm
The Cheat (1915)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of the researchers from the Earth in a spaceship traveling to Mars, where, to big surprise, finds a peaceful vegetarian and pacifist civilization.

Director: Holger-Madsen
Stars: Gunnar Tolnæs, Zanny Petersen, Nicolai Neiiendam
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Douglas Fairbanks ... Jeff Hillington
Eileen Percy ... Nell Larabee
Calvert Carter Calvert Carter ... Tom Larabee - Hotel Keeper
Charles Stevens ... Pedro
Sam De Grasse ... Steve Shelby - Indian Agent (as Sam de Grasse)
Edit

Storyline

A rich young Easterner who has always wanted to live in "the Wild West" plans to move to a Western town. Unknown to him, the town's "wild" days are long gone, and it is an orderly, civilized place now. The townsmen, not wanting to lose a rich potential resident, contrive to make over the town to suit the young man's fantasy. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

old west | train | railroad mogul | See All (3) »


Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Regular Guy See more »

Filming Locations:

Nogales, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (color toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Creation of a Comedian
9 July 2005 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

Before redirecting his career to swashbuckling adventure flicks with "The Mark of Zorro" in 1920, Douglas Fairbanks starred in modern comedies. He repeated the role of a modern mollycoddle or discontent yearning for adventure; in this film, "Wild and Woolly", he returns comically to his Western roots. He teamed with screenwriter Anita Loos, who pioneered the craft working for D.W. Griffith, and her husband director John Emerson to cement the first of Fairbanks's two popular incarnations. According to the print I saw, Victor Fleming ("The Wizard of Oz", "Gone with the Wind") is credited with photography here, and he worked on other Fairbanks vehicles, beginning his directorial career making them.

The presence of Loos is readily noticeable in the quantity of intertitles, which contributed much of the humor to Fairbanks vehicles, and thus redefined the role of title cards in silent films. In "Wild and Woolly", as elsewhere, they help to undercut the film by poking fun at itself and movies in general, such as in the scene where Fairbanks goes to a picture-play to have his dreams of the wild West come true--even in New York. The entire film plays around with the fact that movies romanticize bygone eras. The ending, too, jests at itself with the insertion of one intertitle.

The pacing is also a nice compliment to Fairbanks's restless, exuberant performance; the editing is as energetic and frantic as he is. It's congruity is also similar to Mack Sennett's Keystone comedies and, as William K. Everson ("American Silent Film") pointed out, is indicative of the fast pace of pictures post "The Birth of a Nation" (1915). Everson claimed that some shots in "Wild and Woolly" lasted no more than five frames. Additionally, Faribanks's acrobatics are perfectly suited to the genre, which he'd carry into his adventure spectacles. Today, Fairbanks remains one of the better-known silent film stars, but mostly for his swashbucklers. Yet, he should be recognized as an early American screen comedian alongside Sennett, Arbuckle, Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd, as well, even though his films aren't slapstick and he couldn't be considered a clown of the same order. Like some of the films of Sennett, Chaplin and Keaton especially, "Wild and Woolly" is, however, a comedy that in reflecting itself finds much of its humor.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed