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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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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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White Vistas, 12 July 2011
Author: drednm from United States

This 1931 film is the first talkie produced in Canada. The sound is just plain awful. About half the dialog is impossible to decipher, but that's not a bad thing since the dialog is awful anyway.

This Canadian film, shot in Newfoundland and Labrador, stars Charles Starrett (the future cowboy star) as bad luck Luke, who sails on "The Viking" on a seal-hunting expedition. His rival and enemy (Arthur Vinton) does everything he can to make the voyage a misery. They are rivals for the hand of Mary Jo (Louise Huntington). The love story is not well done and we've seen it a hundred times before.

What is remarkable about this film is the location shooting among the ice floes and bergs. The film takes on a documentary feel as we watch the men battle the ice, scamper across the floes, and wander for miles searching for seals. The plot finally gets interesting after the seal slaughter when the two men are left behind and the ship sails for home. They then have to battle the elements as they walk back to St. Johns.

The film was co-directed by veteran George Melford and young Varick Frissell in his only feature film. The cinematography is grainy but is so astonishing, THE VIKING was mentioned in Kevin Brownlow's masterpiece Hollywood.

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