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Cast overview:
'Chuck' Hemingway
Enid Markey ...
Octavia Van Ness
Ezra Whitney
Kitty Molloy
Truly Shattuck ...
Mrs. Courtney Van Ness
Joseph J. Dowling ...
Justice of the Peace (as Joseph Dowling)
Nigura Eagle Feather ...
Joe Goodboy ...
Dance Hall Proprietor


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Release Date:

7 November 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Modern Taming of the Shrew  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Iron Strain (1915) -- Lost Silent Western ?
24 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Worried that his granddaughter, Octavia ( Enid Markey ) will marry a spineless city dandy, Ezra Whitney ( Charles K. French ), a San Francisco mining magnate, takes her to Alaska to find a proper husband. In the wilds of Alaska, Octavia meets "Chuck" Hemingway ( Dustin Farnum ), a well-to-do Ivy Leaguer posing as a Western roughneck. Believing that he is too lowly for her, Octavia firmly snubs Chuck's advances, but he refuses the rejections and kidnaps her. Although he leaves her untouched, Octavia, abandoned by Ezra and forced into marriage, suffers a breakdown in her husband's cabin. After six months, she recovers, throws herself into housekeeping and while relishing her new work, maintains her coldness towards Chuck. His obvious attraction for Kitty Malloy ( Louise Glaum ), the queen of the Arctic Cabaret, however, arouses Octavia's jealousy, and finally convinces her of her love. Contented at last, Octavia and Chuck return to the city and reunite with Ezra.

This 1915 western/drama was produced by the Kay-Bee, New York Motion Pictures Corporation and starred the popular actor Dustin Farnum. Sadly it is now listed as unknown on the long list of lost silent films.

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