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Release Date:
25 October 1930 (USA) See more »
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A salmon fisherman has to choose between a bad girl and a society doll. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Evelyn Brent ... Cherry Malotte

Joel McCrea ... Boyd Emerson

Louis Wolheim ... George Balt

Jean Arthur ... Mildred Wayland
Raymond Hatton ... Fraser

Blanche Sweet ... Queenie
Gavin Gordon ... Fred Marsh
Purnell Pratt ... Wayne Wayland
William B. Davidson ... Tom Hilliard (as William Davidson)
Ivan Linow ... Svenson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Curtis ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Servant (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
George Archainbaud 
Writing credits
Rex Beach (by)

Wallace Smith (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
William LeBaron .... producer
William Sistrom .... associate producer
Cinematography by
John W. Boyle (photography)
Leo Tover (photography)
Film Editing by
Otto Ludwig 
Costume Design by
Max Rée 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Atkins .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Max Rée .... scenery
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
William H. Clothier .... camera operator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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The title refers to migrating salmon.See more »
Cherry Malotte:You never used to smoke, Queenie.
Queenie:Oh, I'm going to the dogs somethin' terrible, ain't I?
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Sort of like Popeye and Bluto fighting against Snidely Whiplash!, 29 October 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I compared the characters to cartoon characters because, well, they are as flat and dimensionless as cartoons! George (Louis Wolheim) and Boyd (Joel McCrea) are both pugnacious galoots who mostly spend their time talking about fighting and fighting. Their goal (along with their wimpier partner) is to open up a salmon cannery in Alaska, but a one-dimensional baddie does everything he can to stand in their way--resorting to violence and underhanded tricks to stop them. It all just seemed very flat and unconvincing--mostly because none of these characters have a lot of depth.

In addition, there are two women who are just gaga over Boyd--Evelyn Brent and Jean Arthur. While Boyd seems taken with the rich girl, the other lady is sweet and long-suffering--helping Boyd behind his back to be a success even though she knows Boyd has chosen the other woman. What a gal...but again, a bit simplistic. And, as far as Arthur and McCrea are concerned, although they both went on to become major stars, this film seemed to do nothing to help in this process.

The film has few assets and mostly a relatively dull story. But, you can't deny that the Alaskan locations are just lovely--and it's ALMOST worth seeing just to catch these glimpses of old-time Alaska....almost. Dull---and this is a surprise, as Louis Wolheim was a very exciting and charismatic actor. Here, he just isn't used effectively, as his best characters were tough AND sweet--here he isn't given a chance to show off his sweeter side.

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