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The Viking (1928)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | History  -  2 November 1928 (USA)
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Vikings compete for power and the love of a woman.

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(as R. William Neill)

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(screen play), (based on the novel by: "The Thrall of Leif the Lucky"), 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Leif Ericsson
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Helga
LeRoy Mason ...
Alwin
Anders Randolf ...
Eric the Red (as Anders Randolph)
Richard Alexander ...
Sigurd
Harry Woods ...
Egil (as Harry Lewis Woods)
Albert MacQuarrie ...
Kark
Roy Stewart ...
King Olaf
Torben Meyer ...
Odd
...
Lady Editha (as Claire MacDowell)
Julia Swayne Gordon ...
Thorhild
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Storyline

Yes, it's true, an all color silent movie! The title refers to Leif Ericsson, who leaves Norway to search for new lands west of Greenland. On the way he vies for the love of Helga with his companion Egil and Alwin, an English slave. More conflict arises when he stops at the colony of his father (Eric the Red) in Greenland, for Leif has converted to Christianity, which his father hates. He also has to deal with the unrest of his crew, who fear falling off the edge of the Earth. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@vvm.com>

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Release Date:

2 November 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Teufel der Nordsee  »

Box Office

Budget:

$325,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(music score and sound effects)

Color:

(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Goofs

Helga finds her slave (the captured English noble Lord Alwin) reading a book that is clearly a typeset, printed volume - 450 years before Gutenberg invents the printing press. See more »

Soundtracks

Die Walküre
(1870) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Excerpts incorporated into the score
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Amazingly good use of early Technicolor in 1928...
22 November 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

THE VIKING is a film I happened to come upon on TCM the other night, immediately recognizing DONALD CRISP as Leif Ericsson. I was very impressed with the female lead, PAULINE STARKE as Helga, whose lovely face, high cheekbones and steady gaze withstood all those color closeups in fine style. She also happened to be well cast at the headstrong heroine who takes a wealthy nobleman for her slave.

But what really amazed me is the quality of the Technicolor photography, at least ten years before Hollywood was making use of color photography in some of its major films.

The TCM print featured some incidental sound effects and background music. At times, I forgot I was watching a silent film and the use of title cards was minimal.

Well worth watching as a curiosity, but not for historical accuracy.


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