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The Silver Horde -- A salmon fisherman has to choose between a bad girl and a society doll.


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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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Catch 'Em And Can 'Em in Ketchikan See more (12 total) »


  (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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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Catch 'Em And Can 'Em in Ketchikan, 21 May 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The part of The Silver Horde that I like was the location filming in Ketchikan, Alaska and the realistic depiction of the salmon cannery over which our cast is battling. Unfortunately it's a most old fashioned story that doesn't wear well for today's audience.

Joel McCrea who was the noblest of all screen heroes and when cast right could be an admirable performer was given wrong direction here. He really comes off as a pompous self righteous clod, I can't believe both Jean Arthur and Evelyn Brent are fighting over him.

The film is based on a novel by Rex Beach who wrote the popular and many times filmed The Spoilers. In fact Evelyn Brent's character is named Cherry Malotte, the same as the heroine in The Spoilers.

Evelyn's a bad girl with a notorious reputation that our fastidious hero is repulsed by even though he's falling for her. Jean Arthur in the first film she did with Joel McCrea is totally wasted in the fluffy society girl he's first engaged to. This is hardly as good as The More The Merrier.

In this old fashioned drama you have an old fashioned villain and that's Gavin Gordon who's a villain in the best Snidely Whiplash tradition.

The best performers in the film are Louis Wolheim and Raymond Hatton, a pair of Arctic rustics is the best way you can describe them. Wolheim had he not died the following year probably would have shared a lot of the roles Wallace Beery did in the sound era.

Fortunately better films were on the way for Joel McCrea. Otherwise his career would have terminated in the early Thirties.

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