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Writers:
Rex Beach (by)
Wallace Smith (adaptation)
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Release Date:
25 October 1930 (USA) See more »
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One Woman -- In a Land of Men See more »
Plot:
A salmon fisherman has to choose between a bad girl and a society doll. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Early Talkie Showcases Alaskan Action See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (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 ... Dance Extra (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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Runtime:
75 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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The title refers to migrating salmon.See more »
Quotes:
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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40 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Early Talkie Showcases Alaskan Action, 17 September 2001
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

Fighting against great local opposition by going after THE SILVER HORDE - the magnificent schools of salmon which swarm past Alaskan shores - a decent young man finds himself caught between a bigoted society girl & a notorious prostitute.

A deft combination of action picture & soap opera, this early talkie boasts a fine, stalwart performance from a very young Joel McCrea, who displays some of the talents & charm which would soon make him a major star. A lively Evelyn Brent matches him dramatically as a lady with too much past. Poor Jean Arthur, in a strident, unsympathetic role, shows few hints of the celebrated comedienne she would become by the end of the decade.

Rough-hewn Louis Wolheim steals every scene he's in as a plug-ugly fisherman who's fiercely loyal to Miss Brent - here was an actor who was always fun to watch. Silent screen star Blanche Sweet makes one of her rare sound film appearances, playing a plain speaking harlot. Comic Raymond Hatton is amusing as a trapper with city slicker notions, while handsome Gavin Gordon makes a suave, dangerous villain.

Released in 1930, the first year of all-talkie films in Hollywood, THE SILVER HORDE displays its silent antecedents with the use of the occasional title card. This is not a weakness, however, and actually helps move the story along by explaining the plot a bit more fully.

Location filming on the Alaskan coast gives the ambiance of the film a terrific boost, while the scenes of catching & canning the salmon have a fascinating early-documentary feel to them.

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