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Burning Daylight (1928)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  11 March 1928 (USA)
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An Alaskan real estate tycoon who's visiting San Francisco loses his fortune to a group of investment sharks.



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Cast overview:
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Elam "Burning Daylight" Harnish is a prospector who makes a million dollars in the Dawson, Alaska gold rush and loses the million dollars in Dawson. He journeys to San Francisco, makes three million dollars and loses it in San Francisco. He returns to Alaska and eventually finds his treasure. Written by Les Adams <>

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He made a million dollars in Alaska, and lost it! He made three millions in San Francisco, and lost it! Then back to Alaska where he found a great love, and held it, as only a bred-in-the-north he-man knows how! See more »






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11 March 1928 (USA)  »

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Der verhängnisvolle Coup  »

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Milton Sills and Doris Kenyon
24 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Odd film that starts out as a Jack London Klondike adventure with Burning Daylight (Milton Sills) hitting it big in Dawson City and rescuing a saloon girl (Doris Kenyon) from her sordid life. They head to San Francisco to break into society and to score a business success in the bigtime. But the city slickers pull a fast one on Daylight, and even the pretty girl (Jane Winton) who gets Daylight into society turns out to be rotten.

This has been filmed many times during the silent era. Imagine my surprise when I noted a new 2010 version of the same old story! Co-stars include Guinn Williams, Arthur Stone, Stuart Holmes, and Edmund Breese.

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