A young man of social standing chooses instead to live as a hobo. He gets work in a lumber camp, and there uncovers intrigue by German agents.



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Cast overview:
Van Twiller Yard
Svea Nord
Big John Beaumont
Pop Sprowl
John Nord
Nina Byron ...
Ruth Piggins
Charles West ...
Paul Holmquist
Ekstrom (as G. Butler Clonblough)
'Sim-Sam' Samuels


A young man of social standing chooses instead to live as a hobo. He gets work in a lumber camp, and there uncovers intrigue by German agents.

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8 September 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El lodazal  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Source (1918) - Lost Silent
2 November 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Important note: This is not a film review. I hope to be able to find and 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.

Van Twiller Yard ( Wallace Reid ), the alcoholic son of a prominent Bostonian, is shanghaied while on a drunken spree and taken to a lumber camp in New York's Green Mountains. Under the influence of hard work and superintendent John Nord's ( Noah Beery ) daughter, Svea Nord ( Ann Little ), Van Twiller gives up drinking and soon earns the respect of his fellow lumbermen. When Big John Beaumont ( Theodore Roberts ), the owner of the yard, witnesses a fight in which Van Twiller prevents Langlois ( James Cruze ), the foreman, from inciting the men to rebellion, he decides to place the former alcoholic in charge of the entire camp, to the displeasure of Svea's father. Secretly in the employ of the Swedish Power Company, owned by German spies, Langlois bribes Nord to prevent the opening of a dam that will allow the transport of Beaumont's logs to the mills. Van Twiller organizes the lumberjacks, and following a fierce battle, the floodgates are opened and the logs begin their trip down the river. As a result of his courage, Van Twiller wins Svea's love as well as the position of general manager of the lumber company.

This 1918 silent drama was produced by Jesse L. Lasky, starring Wallace Reid and Ann Little. Sadly, The Source (1918) is now listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.

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