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Garnett Weston (story) and
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21 June 1931 (USA) See more »
A drama of fighting love. See more »
Luke, a young sailor and fisherman, who thinks he is jinx-ridden, has to be persuaded, and taunted,before... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Important, but still bad. See more (6 total) »


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Directed by
Varick Frissell 
George Melford 
Writing credits
Garnett Weston (story)

Garnett Weston  scenario and dialogue

Produced by
Varick Frissell .... producer
Roy W. Gates .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Alfred Gandolfi 
Maurice Kellerman 
Alexander G. Penrod 

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70 min | USA:75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Important, but still bad., 15 April 2002
Author: kamerad from Montreal, Canada

As the first Canadian sound film, "The Viking", is one of the most important films in the history of Canadian Cinema. That's kind of ironic considering that it was shot in Newfoundland (then owned by Britain) with an American cast and an American crew. Sure the producer, writer, and co-director Varick Frissell spent a lot of time in Canada, but he was still an American. So why does this film feel so Canadian? Well it's badly acted, thinly plotted, yet beautifully photographed. What could be more Canadian than that? Ok, ok not all Canadian films are that bad, but "The Viking is". That's not Frissell's fault, he fought to keep out the love/jealousy story that ruins the film. But all joking aside, I think the reason "The Viking" feels so Canadian (even to us Canadians) is unfortunately because it has all the stereotypes of our country that American audiences expect: cold, barren landscapes, lots of snow, and rugged, but jovial people.

"The Viking" is kind of a testament the hold America has over us. Even though we know that Canada is not like that all year round, we buy into the fact when we see it on the screen. Although Newfoundland winters are exactly as shown in the movie, (American) audiences will not understand that it is only in the winter time when things look like this. The film can't be faulted entirely though. Like I mentioned before, it is stunningly photographed, and without the current story, and with more emphasis on the seal hunting (the way Frissell intended), it could have been a very good film. One that I would have been glad to call Canadian no matter where it came from.

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