Important note: This is not a film review. It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
By forcing Jim Carson ( Edmund Breese ) to leave town in order to avoid a trumped-up embezzling charge, Albert Temple ( Arthur Hoops ) gets rid of his only serious rival for Helen ( Christine Mayo ), whom he soon marries. Jim goes to Alaska, where he adopts Bob Adams ( Billy Sherwood ), the son of a murdered friend, and then makes a fortune in a gold strike. After eighteen years in the Yukon, Jim returns to his hometown with Bob, who falls in love with Helen and Albert's daughter Dorothy ( Evelyn Brent ). Because he so hates Albert, however, Jim refuses to consent to a marriage between Bob and Dorothy until Helen tells him that Albert is not the young woman's father. In reality, Dorothy is Jim's own daughter, and when he learns this, Jim quickly changes his mind about the marriage.
This 1916 silent was based on a poem by Robert W. Service, produced by Popular Plays and Players, starring Billy Sherwood, Evelyn Brent, Edmund Breese, Arthur Hoops and Christine Mayo. The survival status of The Spell of the Yukon (1916) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.
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