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Back to God's Country (1919)

A woman finds herself all alone in a remote harbor with the man responsible for the murder of her father. With seemingly nobody around to protect her, she has to be resourceful.


(as David M. Hartford)


(by), (adopted from his novel "Wapi the Walrus" in Good Housekeeping Magazine) (as Mr. Curwood)

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Release Date:

27 October 1919 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Il ritorno al paradiso terrestre  »

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$67,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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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A strong, early Canadian film
1 June 2002 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

I taped this film for three reasons - one) I wanted to see whether an early silent film from Canada would be any good. two) it's a restored print, and though I heard the old print of this was horridly damaged, this one was supposed to be MUCH better (it isn't half bad). And with the freshly recorded piano score, it didn't seem restored, either. three) It's supposed to be a well-regarded but highly underrated (and unknown) film, and that made me curious.

This film should be a classic! (At least in Canada). One of, if not the first Canadian films, and with a fairly low budget, it's actually rather impressive. Yet no one I know has heard of it, or even realizes film was being made in Canada this far back.

The story is a touch cliche, and there's a fair amount of schlock (prevalent in many silent films of the late teens/early twenties), but the story is interesting enough to keep my interest and the scenery is quite taking. And I was most surprised at the cinematography and editing, which is far more advanced then I expected.

It's not Birth of a Nation, it's not Metropolis, it's not Nosferatu. But it's well worth watching, and should really be shown more, if not at the Rep houses, then on TV at least. 7/10.

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