The Ne'er-Do-Well (1916 film)

The Ne'er-Do-Well is a 1916 American silent adventure crime drama film directed by Colin Campbell, and starring Wheeler Oakman, Kathlyn Williams, Harry Lonsdale, Frank Clark, and Norma Nichols. It is based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Rex Beach. The film was released by V-L-S-E, Incorporated on March 20, 1916.[1][2][3]

The Ne'er-Do-Well
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Directed byColin Campbell
Produced byWilliam Nicholas Selig
Written byLanier Bartlett (scenario)
Based onThe Ne'er-Do-Well
by Rex Beach
StarringWheeler Oakman
Kathlyn Williams
Harry Lonsdale
Frank Clark
Norma Nichols
CinematographyHarry W. Gerstad
Distributed byV-L-S-E, Incorporated
Release date
  • March 20, 1916 (1916-03-20)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
(English intertitles)

Another film adaptation was later released in 1923, in which Sidney Smith reprised the role as he did in the 1916 version.




A print of the film survives at the Library of Congress.[4] [5]


  1. "The Ne'er-Do-Well". Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  2. "The Ne'er-Do-Well". AllMovie. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  3. "The Ne'er-Do-Well". Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  4. American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: The Ne'er-Do-Well
  5. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.125 c.1978 by the American Film Institute
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