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")
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LeRoy Mason ...
Alwin
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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
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Lady Editha (as Claire MacDowell)
Julia Swayne Gordon ...
Thorhild
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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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Here is presented the latest picture marvel - the first full-length screen play entirely in beautiful Technicolor! (Herald). See more »


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2 November 1928 (USA)  »

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Die Teufel der Nordsee  »

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$325,000 (estimated)
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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.20 : 1
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When the film opened at the Embassy Theatre in New York City 28 November 1928 it was still silent and was accompanied by a live orchestral accompaniment. In December 1928 a musical score was recorded, sound-on-disc, and this was the version distributed by MGM in 1929. See more »

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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 »

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Kark: Fill Ragnar Oleson's drinking horn.
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Sigurd Jorsalfar (suite), Op.56
Written by Edvard Grieg (1892)
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The color is all it has going for it
16 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nobody comes to The Viking (1928) for the plot, at least no one I know of-- it's all about that two-strip Technicolor. Compared with the later three-strip process, two-strip color is more subdued, dominated by greens, blues, and reds, but that gives the images a dreamy watercolor quality. It also helps when your leading lady has a flaming mane of red hair, as the beautiful Pauline Starke does here.

The story is a standard love triangle, with a Viking lass caught between the English captive she loves and the older Viking captain who wants her to marry him. There are also conflicts between pagan and Christian culture which figure big time into the plot... or what there is of it. To be honest, it's quite predictable, though the cinematography is lovely and the action scenes are rousing. However, I will have to concede with reviewer planktonrules: you're better off with the much kitschier but much more fun 1958 film The Vikings, which has Ernest Borgnine and Kirk Douglas chewing the scenery like starved men. Still the 1928 film is still worth viewing at least once.


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