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Release Date:
6 October 1929 (USA) See more »
Would He Descend To Her Level Or Would She Rise To His...? (Print Ad-St. Lawrence Plaindealer,((Canton, NY)) 5 November 1929)
A naïve young man is working on a logging camp beside a turbulent river. When it closes for winter, he opts to stay for the experience... See more » | Add synopsis »
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incomplete but atmospheric See more (8 total) »


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Charles Farrell ... Allen John Spender

Mary Duncan ... Rosalee

Ivan Linow ... Sam Thompson

Margaret Mann ... Widow Thompson
Alfred Sabato ... Marsdon (as Alverdo Sabato)

Bert Woodruff ... The Miller

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Hunter Booth  dialogue
Dwight Cummins  writer
Philip Klein  writer
Tristram Tupper  novel

Produced by
William Fox .... producer
Original Music by
Maurice Baron (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer 
Film Editing by
Barney Wolf 
Art Direction by
Harry Oliver 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director
Music Department
Erno Rapee .... conductor
Other crew
A.F. Erickson .... dialogue director
William Fox .... presenter
A.H. Van Buren .... dialogue director

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Also Known As:
"Backwash" - USA (alternative title)
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84 min | USA:55 min (restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences) | Silent

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Charles Farrell is one of the first male American stars to appear in a nude scene in a major motion picture, in this 1928 production.See more »
Title Card:There is a river called life, its source a hidden fountain. The sea is its goal. Upon it sail the rafts of human destinies.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Murnau, Borzage and Fox (2008) (V)See more »
I Found Happiness (When I Found You)See more »


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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
incomplete but atmospheric, 25 November 2001
Author: mike n from boston, massachusetts

I saw this movie several years ago at the Harvard Film Archives. Apparently, the beginning and end of the movie are extinct, and all that remains is a long romantic sequence involving Farrell & Duncan. We couldn't tell how the romance started, or how it was supposed to end. It was nevertheless quite interesting, with an erotic charge similar to that in Borzage's "Man's Castle".

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