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The Viking (1931)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama | Romance  -  21 June 1931 (USA)
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Luke, a young sailor and fisherman, who thinks he is jinx-ridden, has to be persuaded, and taunted,before he will join a sealing-expedition in the Artic; first by his sweetheart, so he can ... See full summary »

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Luke, a young sailor and fisherman, who thinks he is jinx-ridden, has to be persuaded, and taunted,before he will join a sealing-expedition in the Artic; first by his sweetheart, so he can find that he is not a jinx, and also by Jed, who has a devious reason. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The picture that cost the lives of Varick Frissell and 25 others in the Sealer Viking Disaster. See more »


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Director Varick Frissell, cinematographer Alexander G. Penrod, and almost all the film crew were killed on 15 March 1931, when the sealing ship S.S. Viking, from which they were shooting additional footage, exploded in ice off the Horse Islands on the northern Newfoundland coast. In all, 27 people lost their lives; this is the largest number of fatalities ever incurred in the production of a film. See more »

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Historically important, but dreadfully dull.
4 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Viking" is a very important movie. It was, according to IMDb, the first Canadian* talking picture. It also has the infamous distinction of having the most crew members killed in the production of the film! Apart from all this, it has lots of amazing footage of the frozen North. However, unfortunately, it also is an incredibly dull film and is very dated--particularly when it comes to the sound quality.

The film begins with Luke (Charles Starrett) being discovered by Jed (Arther Vinton) freezing to death in the snow, so he brings Luke back to town and saves him. However, soon the film looks like a Popeye cartoon**, as both guys want the same girl and Jed sure looks and acts a lot like Bluto! So, when the two guys go off to sea later on a sea hunting expedition***, you KNOW that sooner or later, the pair will end up beating the snot out of each other to win the hand of Mary Joe. Unfortunately, in the interim, there is snow, snow, snow and more snow--as well as footage of the expedition. It's MILDLY interesting from a historical standpoint but dramatically, it's deadly dull. How will it all end? And, more importantly, will you even care?! I sure know I didn't. And, it's a shame so many people died to make such a dull film.

*Although the production was Canadian and it was filmed in Canada, it's odd that all three of the leads were Americans.

**Yes, I know that the first Popeye cartoon did not appear until two years later. It just SEEMED a lot like Popeye and I think having Luke pop out a can of spinach and wailing on Jed would have been a billion times better than the way the film really went.

***Yes, seal hunting isn't politically correct and PETA-types will no doubt be offended. But it was 1931, dang it!


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