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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.

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(as David M. Hartford)

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

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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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Canada's oldest feature film still available
24 November 2003 | by (Ottawa, Ont.) – See all my reviews

Hard to rate this thing on anything other than a funny reminder of

how Canada was and will always be renowned for Mounties,

snow, and wildlife. The scandalous "nude scene" where Nell Shipman is bathing

under a waterfall is what gave this film an audience, but definitely

not why it's still around today. It's actually a decent story where the

spirit of a dead Eskimo is incarnated into a husky, but that angle

doesn't really have any significance until the end of the film when

it's revisited. Most surprisingly, I found, was how progressive of a role Nell had

way back in 1919. She drives the plot and essentially rescues

herself from a lot of the danger, something Hollywood is still

reluctant to do. It wasn't actually the first feature film made in Canada

("Evangeline" was in 1913), but it's the earliest one left that has

been preserved. If for no other reason, you gotta check it our just

for that!


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