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Back to God's Country (1919)

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Romance  |  27 October 1919 (Canada)
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After her father is killed by an outlaw, Dolores marries Peter. While they're at sea in the Arctic, Dolores meets the ship's captain, who is the man who killed her father. The captain ... See full summary »

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After her father is killed by an outlaw, Dolores marries Peter. While they're at sea in the Arctic, Dolores meets the ship's captain, who is the man who killed her father. The captain causes an 'accident' to happen to Peter, so Dolores is all alone and defenseless as they drop anchor in a remote harbor. Written by David Eickemeyer <deickemeyer@hotmail.com>

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27 October 1919 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Il ritorno al paradiso terrestre  »

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$67,000 (estimated)
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Critically ill, lead actor Ronald Byram left the shoot during the first two weeks and was replaced by Wheeler Oakman. It is probable that it is Byram in the close-ups in the sledge in the final chase scenes. Roy Laidlaw is frequently but erroneously referred to as Ralph Laidlaw in the trade press of the time. Edna Shipman did not act in this film as is sometimes claimed. The film opened at the Strand Theater in Owosso, Michigan, where it played for three days. Canadian Photoplays Ltd. was a Calgary-based company incorporated 7 February 1919 under the laws of Alberta. Shipman-Curwood Company was later called Curwood-Carver Productions Inc. See more »

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Captain Rydal: [titlecard] After a night of evil dreams Rydal's smoldering desire leaps into flame.
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Back to God's Country
Words by Paul M. Sarazan and Jack B. Weil
Music by Paul M. Sarazan
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Entertaining Old-Fashioned Melodrama
12 December 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is an entertaining old-fashioned melodrama starring Nell Shipman, a good adventure heroine who can do a lot of different things. Here, she is a nature-loving young woman whose husband's work takes her away from the wildlife she loves, but while she is longing to get "Back to God's Country", she must first try to save herself and her husband from some dastardly villains.

There's quite a bit to the story. The drawbacks are that it is a little slow early on while it sets everything up, and then once the action gets going there are some rather implausible developments. But the plot keeps your attention, and Shipman has plenty of energy and is a nice change-of-pace from more conventional heroines. The story takes place in the frozen north of Canada, and the setting is interesting and works well. There are also several good shots of wild animals, a couple of them very funny.

"Back to God's Country" combines some of the usual features of silent melodrama with Shipman's distinctive approach. Most of it works pretty well, and it's worth a look for those who like silents.


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