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The Viking (1928)

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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Alwin
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Eric the Red (as Anders Randolph)
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Egil (as Harry Lewis Woods)
Albert MacQuarrie ...
Kark
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King Olaf
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Odd
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Lady Editha (as Claire MacDowell)
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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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Certificate:

Passed
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Release Date:

2 November 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Teufel der Nordsee  »

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Budget:

$325,000 (estimated)
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(music score and sound effects)

Color:

(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

Quotes

Leif Ericsson: Now that you are here - I shall wed you in the ancient Viking fashion - after the second change of the moon.
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Soundtracks

Parsifal Act I, Prelude
Written by Richard Wagner (1882)
[Excerpt used in score]
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Beautiful Technicolor - rousing adventure
6 September 2001 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is far more pleasing both as a silent action film and as an example of two-strip Technicolor than the more highly touted Fairbanks feature THE BLACK PIRATE of a few years earlier. In the latter, only reds, blues and browns registered and there was only static camerawork and no feel for muting or shading of colors. In THE VIKING the color is truly beautiful, the finest I've seen of the surviving Technicolor silents, and the story is both a well directed love story and a rousing adventure film There is a love triangle, good acting, good crowd and fight scenes and the nobility of Christian vs. pagan worship and the discovery of the New World. In addition the leading actress is both visually stunning and talented, very reminiscent of a young Sarah Bernhardt. Very highly recommended. The video print contains a symphonic and sound effects soundtrack with healthy chunks of Wagner's FLYING DUTCHMAN and DIE WALKURE woven effectively throughout.


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