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Garnett Weston (story) and
Garnett Weston (scenario and dialogue)
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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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Ignore the 2 Guys & a Gal plot of this early Talkie and focus on the extraordinary footage of Newfoundland ships and sea. See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)
Charles Starrett ... Luke Oarum
Louise Huntington ... Mary Joe
Arthur Vinton ... Jed Nelson
Bob Bartlett ... Captain Barker (as Captain Bob Bartlett)
Wilfred Grenfell ... Prologue Speaker (as Sir Wilfred Grenfell)

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 »
Sound Mix:
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 7 people found the following review useful.
Ignore the 2 Guys & a Gal plot of this early Talkie and focus on the extraordinary footage of Newfoundland ships and sea., 15 January 2008
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A DVD combo-pack on adventurer/photographer Varick Frissell, who died in an explosion on the eponymous seal hunting ship. WHITE THUNDER is a bio that barely lives up to its fascinating subject, but nicely sets up the paired early talkie. THE VIKING is officially directed by George Melford, an A-list silent director who faded fast with sound (his swansong, EAST OF BORNEO/''31, is an unintentional riot). But Frissell must have taken charge of all the Newfoundland location shooting which is so filled with extraordinary footage of sealers, churning ice floes, full-rigged ships, sea & sun that you'd gladly put up with twice the cornball "two guys & a gal" hokum so mechanically delivered by the talent-challenged cast.

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