Vikings compete for power and the love of a woman.


(as R. William Neill)


(screen play), (based on the novel by: "The Thrall of Leif the Lucky")
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Lady Editha (as Claire MacDowell)


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 <>

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Release Date:

2 November 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Teufel der Nordsee  »

Box Office


$325,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(music score and sound effects)


(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Leif Ericsson: Now, Helga - you should remember you are no longer a girl, but a lovely woman, and such tempers no longer become you. It is indeed time I took you home to Greenland.
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Parsifal Act I, Prelude
Written by Richard Wagner (1882)
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Two-strip Technicolor at its finest.
14 March 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

There are so many two-strip Technicolor features lost (Laurel and Hardy's The Rogue Song (1930) comes to mind) or just partially intact, that it was a pleasure to see one that seems not only intact (with no black and white inserts) but also as beautiful as originally released. This film is not colorized, as is often done with early black and white films; it was filmed in color, but without the yellow component that was added in the mid 30's that most of us know as Technicolor. As a result, the reds, blues and browns look pretty good, but you will notice the yellows and greens look a bit off color. Still, it is a great example of the process and worth seeing for that reason alone. But there are also some good action sequences that are sure to please lovers of that genre. I also enjoyed the backdrop of the plot; that of Leif Ericsson sailing west to discover America in the 12th century.

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