|The Fair Barbarian|
|Directed by||Robert Thornby|
|Screenplay by||Edith M. Kennedy|
|Based on||A Fair Barbarian|
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
|Produced by||Jesse L. Lasky|
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Fair Barbarian is a 1917 American comedy silent film directed by Robert Thornby and written by Edith M. Kennedy, based on an 1881 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The film stars Vivian Martin, Clarence Geldart, Douglas MacLean, Jane Wolfe, Josephine Crowell, and Mae Busch. The film was released on December 17, 1917, by Paramount Pictures. It is not known whether the film currently survives.
As described in a film magazine, Octavia Bassett (Martin) of Bloody Gulch, after a breakup with her sweetheart, decides to visit her Aunt Belinda (Wolfe) in Slowbridge. Her apparel and automobile shock the inhabitants of Slowbridge, and tongues are set wagging at the musicale of Lady Theobald (Crowell). Octavia matches wits with Captain Barold (Gerrald). Lady Theobald is anxious for the captain to marry her niece Lucia (Busch). However, Lucia loves Mr. Burmistone (Paget), a "common" mill owner. Just as Octavia has decided that she will marry the captain, her father and Jack Belasys (MacLean), her ex-fiancé, arrive in Slowbridge. The pleasure of seeing Jack and the knowledge that she can return to Bloody Gulch reunite Jack and Octavia.
- Vivian Martin as Octavia Bassett
- Clarence Geldart as Martin Bassett
- Douglas MacLean as Jack Belasys
- Jane Wolfe as Belinda Bassett
- Josephine Crowell as Lady Theobald
- Mae Busch as Lucia
- William Hutchinson as Reverend Poppleton
- Alfred Paget as Mr. Burmistone
- Ruth Handforth as Miss Chickie
- Elinor Hancock as Lady Barold
- Charles K. Gerrard as Captain Francis Barold
- Helen Jerome Eddy as Maid
- John Burton as Dugald Binnie
- Charles Ogle
- Janiss Garza (2016). "Fair-Barbarian - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- "The Fair Barbarian (1917) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- Progressive Silent Film List: The Fair Barbarian at silentera.com
- "Reviews: The Fair Barbarian". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (2): 23. January 5, 1918.
- The Fair Barbarian at IMDb
- Burnett, Frances Hodgson (1881), A Fair Barbarian, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, on the Internet Archive