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Vintage originanl 11 x 14 in. U.S. lobby card from the silent film drama, THE GOOD-BAD WIFE, produced by Vera McCord Productions, Inc. and released in 1920 on a state's rights basis.


The image depicts a dramatic moment between Parisian music-hall dancer Fanchon La Fare (Dorothy Green) as she hands an engagement ring back to William Carter (Sidney Mason). It is unrestored in fine+ condition.


*"The film was originally entitled The Wild Fawn. The story was also published as a novel in New York in 1920.  The Good-Bad Wife was the first film made by Vera McCard Productions, Inc., and was produced at the Bacon-Backer studios in New York. Some sources credit Vera McCord with direction. The film was re-released by Federated Film Exchanges of America in 1921."

*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)


*"Vera McCord (born c.1872 — March 3, 1949) was an American stage actress. She also wrote, directed and produced a silent film, The Good-Bad Wife (1921). In 1913 she appeared in a silent film, Broncho Billy’s Mistake (1913). In 1914, she was in a play in Salt Lake City, Just Like a Woman. In 1916 she made films with dancer and artist Lolita Perine, Mona, the Spirit of the Heights and The Lure of Venus, which included scenes of female nudity, "Venus, clothed only in the crystal atmosphere of Marin County," as one San Francisco newspaper explained. The scenes were cut and the films went unfinished in the legal entanglements that followed.


"She formed her own production company in 1917, and directed and produced one silent film, The Good-Bad Wife (1921), based on "The Wild Fawn", a story by Mary Imlay Taylor. The film was considered controversial for its focus on a woman who wears dresses, smokes, and attempts suicide, but still finds a happy resolution in a respectable second marriage. The film's cast also includes two African-American comedians (Pauline Dempsey and J. Wesley Jenkins) and a Chinese actress (Moe Lee).


She was founder and president of the National Club for Better Movies. Later in life, she taught speech and acting. She bought the rights to the dramatic adaptation of Booth Tarkington's The Man on Horseback in 1940, a show she had performed in San Francisco in 1912."

*(source: Wikipedia)


*"William Carter, a young Virginian in Paris, becomes enchanted with  music-hall dancer Fanchon La Fare. After William reluctantly returns to America, Fanchon follows him, and when she is threatened with deportation because of an irregularity in her passport, William marries her. The marriage causes consternation in the upright Carter family, which is compounded when Fanchon performs one of her dances at a church benefit. At the conclusion of her dance, Fanchon sees a stranger in the audience and faints. Later, the same man appears at the Carter residence and demands to see her. Leigh Carter, William's younger brother, becomes angered and shoots the man. At the trial, Fanchon confesses that the stranger was her estranged husband whom she had been forced to marry as a child. The crime thus clarified, Leigh is freed, and Fanchon, who had been expelled earlier from the Carter house, is welcomed back by her husband and his family."

*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)



THE GOOD-BAD WIFE (1920) US Lobby Card 01

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