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The museum will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth. 

The Good Bad Man

Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 7:30 p.m., Dryden Theatre

(Allan Dwan, US 1916, 50 min., 35mm)

This night of Douglas Fairbanks and Allan Dwan films begins with The Good Bad Man, in which Fairbanks plays the cheerful and aimless outlaw “Passin’ Through,” whose holdups include robbing a train conductor of his ticket puncher and stealing food from the town store only to give it to a friendless orphan. Passin’ Through has a special affinity for orphans. Underneath his happy-go-lucky nature, he hides the sorrow and anxiety of not knowing his own parentage. When he has a run-in with a gang leader called The Wolf, he also meets and falls in love with the daughter of one of the outlaws (Bessie Love). When Passin’ Through shoots up a saloon and is arrested, he comes face-to-face with a man who knows more than a little about his past. This film is preceded by Manhattan Madness from the same year, in which Fairbanks plays Steve O’Dare, a playboy returning to New York City from years on his Nevada ranch, who accepts a bet from one of his old school chums that he will have the thrill of his life, leading to wild antics in the city.