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The other reviewers have said it all. A stupid story, an insipid Jeannette, whose later feistiness is nowhere to be seen, and a mediocre Friml song score - I won't belabor the plot, all of which would not exist if anyone actually talked to anyone else instead of walking around assuming all the time.
The acting is melodramatic silent style with only Jeannette restrained. Garrick reminds one facially of Dirk Bogarde and the only acting he's called on to do is smile at the beginning and be angry for the rest.
The restored TCM print I saw with all songs and two-strip Technicolor ending runs 77 minutes, 32 seconds, so the original timing is off by 2.5 minutes.
Drinking Song; Yubla; My Northern Light; My Northern Light - reprise; Round and Round; Brother Love ;High and Low ;Song of Napoli ;Strong Men; You're An Angel; You're An Angel - reprise; High and Low - reprise; I'll Follow The Trail
Jeannette has only two songs, Yubla (a solo) and My Northern Light (in duet with Garrick) and these appear in the first 12 minutes of the film. After that she sings not a note.
A big surprise is a very young and very handsome Carroll Nye (who turns in a ridiculously melodramatic performance as the thieving brother) - unrecognizable from his nervous nelly, bewhiskered Frank Kennedy, Scarlett's second husband in GWTW nine years later.
The Techncolor insert serves for a "vision of madness" superimposed on the sky - a church procession with a close up of MacDonald superimposed over it. Other than that it's just a wasteland of ice with the arrival of a rescue ship - all browns, reds and greens. It only lasts 3 minutes and 37 seconds - one wonders why they bothered at all.
All in all, it's dull, insipid and silly - rather a waste of time. For fans of MacDonald and Friml only.
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