The Law and the Outlaw
R: William Duncan. B: J. Edward Hungerford, Tom Mix. D: Tom Mix, Lester Cuneo, Myrtle Stedman, Florence Dye, Marshall Stedman, Rex De Rosselli, Tom Nash. P: Selig Polyscope Company. USA 1913
“In recognition of Tom Mix‘ importance to the company, Selig built the Diamond ‘S’ Ranch outside of Prescott, which housed the troupe’s livestock and served as a frequent shooting location; it also contained a home built especially for Mix and his family. The ranch’s name was inspired by the Selig company’s logo, an ‘S’ within a diamond, which accompanied virtually all of the title credits and advertising. (…) Tom Mix was establishing himself as a rugged presence in the Westerns he made for William Selig through mid-1913, but they were merely a prelude to the parts he would write for himself. These roles would establish the predominant cinematic cowboy hero for the twentieth century.
Mix incorporated several rodeo-style stunts into the script he co-wrote for The Law and the Outlaw, released June 4, 1913. In a scene reminiscent of his initial wild west show specialty, Mix is dragged across the ground by a frightened horse. He saves the rancher’s daughter by bulldogging a steer that’s about to gore her. Mix also makes an escape by rolling down a steep, rocky embankment while handcuffed. Selig advertised that real bullets were used in some scenes. The physicality and variety of Mix’s stunts in Law and the Outlaw created a sensation.”
Andrew A. Erish: Col. William N. Selig, the Man Who Invented Hollywood. University of Texas Press 2012, p. 62-63