The Frozen North

by joe_538 | created - 21 Apr 2013 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Adventures at the poles. Epics of the frozen North were at their most popular when the rush of `98 was still fresh in the public conscious.

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1. Eskimo (1933)

Passed | 117 min | Drama

The happy life of an Eskimo is disastrously changed when he mingles with an unscrupulous white trader.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Edgar Dearing, Peter Freuchen, Edward Hearn, Lotus Long

Votes: 245

First for the thumbnail.

2. Rocking Gold in the Klondike (1901)

Documentary, Short

Here we see one of the methods employed in the search for gold, where water is scarce. We see the workmen using the water over and over again in the rocker until it becomes too thick with ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Crahan

Votes: 26

3. The Kid from the Klondike (1911)

Short, Comedy

"Kid" Bolton, having made a stake of about fifty thousand dollars in the Klondike, decides to go back to the States and is given a rousing send-off by the boys. In Seattle he purchases new ... See full summary »

Stars: Harold M. Shaw, Reeva Greenwood, John R. Cumpson, Edward Boulden

4. The Alaska-Siberian Expedition (1912)


Captain Kleinschmidt leads an expedition sponsored by the Carnegie Museum to the arctic regions of Alaska and Siberia to study the natives and the animal life.

Star: Frank E. Kleinschmidt

9. Nanette of the Wilds (1916)

50 min | Drama

Nanette raised in Canada has been peaceful despite the fact that her father is the leader of a band of whiskey bootleggers. Then, however, when Baptiste, a half-breed member of the gang, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kaufman | Stars: Pauline Frederick, Willard Mack, Macey Harlam, Charles Brandt

12. The Great White Trail (1917)

80 min | Drama

A husband, mistakenly believing his wife has cheated on him and that he is now the father of their newborn son, throws both her and her child out of the house. Frantic to the point of ... See full summary »

Directors: Leopold Wharton, Theodore Wharton | Stars: Doris Kenyon, Paul Gordon, Thomas Holding, Hans Roberts

Votes: 7

13. The Law of the North (1918)

50 min | Drama

Alain de Montcalm is the son of a French trading post proprietor. When a murder and kidnapping occur, Alain pursues the abducted girl and her captor across the far northern wasteland of ice.

Director: Irvin Willat | Stars: Charles Ray, Doris May, Robert McKim, Gloria Hope

14. Back to God's Country (1919)

Unrated | 73 min | Adventure, Romance

A woman finds herself all alone in a remote harbor with the man responsible for the murder of her father. With seemingly nobody around to protect her, she has to be resourceful.

Director: David Hartford | Stars: Nell Shipman, Charles Arling, Wheeler Oakman, Wellington A. Playter

Votes: 750

17. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Nyla, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 8,949

19. The Trap (1922)

60 min | Drama

A miner's happiness is destroyed when a rival steals his mine. He becomes obsessed with revenge, and plans a trap for the man who took his mine.

Director: Robert Thornby | Stars: Lon Chaney, Alan Hale, Dagmar Godowsky, Stanley Goethals

Votes: 98

20. The Grub Stake (1923)

A young woman is lured to the Yukon by a gambler with promises of marriage and a grubstake for a gold mine. She takes her ailing father with her, only to discover when she gets there that ... See full summary »

Directors: Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle | Stars: Nell Shipman, Hugh Thompson, Alfred Allen, Lillian Leighton

Votes: 45

21. North of Hudson Bay (1923)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Michael Dane è in viaggio su di un battello diretto al Nord, per raggiungere il fratello che ha scoperto l'oro. Qui conosce Estelle Mac Donald e se ne innamora. Arrivando all'agenzia ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford | Stars: Tom Mix, Kathleen Key, Jennie Lee, Frank Campeau

Votes: 41

22. The Chechahcos (1923)

Unrated | 87 min | Adventure, Drama

A fire engulfs a shipload of prospectors and adventurers making their way to Alaska. In the confusion, Mrs. Stanlaw is separated from her young daughter, who ends up in the care of '... See full summary »

Director: Lewis H. Moomaw | Stars: William Dills, Albert Van Antwerp, Eva Gordon, Baby Margie

Votes: 172

25. Balto's Race to Nome (1925)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Colin Campbell | Star: Balto

Votes: 10

26. The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman

Votes: 82,519 | Gross: $5.45M

28. Winds of Chance (1925)

122 min | Adventure, Drama

A love triangle set against the turn-of-the-century gold rush.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Anna Q. Nilsson, Ben Lyon, Viola Dana, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 29

29. Po zakonu (1926)

80 min | Drama

A five-person team of gold prospectors in the Yukon has just begun to enjoy great success when one of the members snaps, and suddenly kills two of the others. The two survivors, a husband ... See full summary »

Director: Lev Kuleshov | Stars: Aleksandra Khokhlova, Sergey Komarov, Vladimir Fogel, Pyotr Galadzhev

Votes: 692

AKA: By The Law

30. The Flame of the Yukon (1926)

Passed | 65 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

George Fowler, a young man from the states, arrives at the Mias saloon, and the proprietor, "Blak Jack" Hovey, orders a saloon girl, known only as "The Flame," to fleece him. When she ... See full summary »

Director: George Melford | Stars: Seena Owen, Arnold Gray, Matthew Betz, Jack McDonald

31. Tentacles of the North (1926)

Passed | 54 min | Action, Adventure

Two ships are caught in the Arctic ice.

Director: Louis Chaudet | Stars: Gaston Glass, Alice Calhoun, Joseph W. Girard, Alan Roscoe

Votes: 8

32. A Hero of the Big Snows (1926)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Rin-Tin-Tin is saved from the beatings of a trapper by Ed Nolan, a shiftless trapper himself, and 'Rinty" follows Nolan home to his cabin but refuses to enter. Nolan takes him to the home ... See full summary »

Director: Herman C. Raymaker | Stars: Rin Tin Tin, Alice Calhoun, Don Alvarado, Leo Willis

Votes: 6

33. Back to God's Country (1927)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Drama

Jean DeBois kills a man who pesters his beautiful daughter Renee. Subsequently, Renee is blackmailed by an unscrupulous suitor, Captain Blake, who threatens to expose her father if she ... See full summary »

Director: Irvin Willat | Stars: Renée Adorée, Robert Frazer, Walter Long, Mitchell Lewis

Votes: 10

34. The Great Arctic Seal Hunt (1928)

39 min | Documentary, Short

A film by Varick Frissell that was complied from footage he had shot aboard the SS Beothic during a seal hunt.

Director: Varick Frissell | Star: Varick Frissell

Votes: 7

35. Lost in the Arctic (1928)

60 min | Documentary

Documentary of the H.A. and Sidney Snow expedition to the Far North in search of the Steffansson Expedition.

Directors: H.A. Snow, Sidney Snow | Stars: Philo McCullough, Vilhjálmur Stefánsson

36. The Trail of '98 (1928)

Passed | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Fortune hunters from all over the country rush to the Klondike in 1897 to seek their fortunes in the gold are tested by hardships of the journey.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Ralph Forbes, Karl Dane, Harry Carey

Votes: 279

37. Frozen Justice (1929)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Lenore Ulric, Robert Frazer, Louis Wolheim, Ullrich Haupt

Votes: 5

38. Eskimo (1930)

86 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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Director: George Schnéevoigt | Stars: Mona Mårtenson, Paul Richter, Ada Kramm, Knut Langgaard

Votes: 10

39. Men of the North (1930)

Passed | 61 min | Drama, Western

Part of a gold shipment has been stolen and the Sergeant suspects Louis LeBey. When Louis is attracted to newly arrived Nedra Ruskin, Woolie-Woolie becomes jealous and tells the Sergeant ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Gilbert Roland, Barbara Leonard, Arnold Korff, Robert Elliott

Votes: 36

40. The Silver Horde (1930)

Passed | 75 min | Drama

A salmon fisherman has to choose between a bad girl and a society doll.

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Evelyn Brent, Joel McCrea, Louis Wolheim, Jean Arthur

Votes: 320

42. Dirigible (1931)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure

Jack Bradon is tasked to reach the South Pole with a dirigible.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jack Holt, Fay Wray, Ralph Graves, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 489

43. Klondike (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Adventure, Drama

Dr. Robert Cromwell performs a delicate operation, that has never been done before, and the patient dies. Charged with malpractice and manslaughter, his trial is national news but the jury ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Thelma Todd, Lyle Talbot, Henry B. Walthall, Jason Robards Sr.

Votes: 60

44. The Klondike Kid (1932)

7 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

At a bar in the Klondike, Mickey rescues waif Minnie from the cold and then has to deal with Pete, who proceeds to snatch her away.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 304

45. S.O.S. Eisberg (1933)

90 min | Adventure, Drama

An expedition goes in search of a party lost the year before.

Director: Arnold Fanck | Stars: Gustav Diessl, Leni Riefenstahl, Sepp Rist, Ernst Udet

Votes: 149

46. Call of the Wild (1935)

Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

During the Klondike Gold Rush, a traveler purchases a dog to lead the way toward the treasure, but reconsiders his journey when he finds a jilted married woman.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Jack Oakie, Reginald Owen

Votes: 1,468

47. Klondike Annie (1936)

80 min | Comedy, Musical

Carlton Rose, a girl known as "the Frisco Doll" escapes to Alaska after accidentally killing her guard.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Mae West, Victor McLaglen, Phillip Reed, Helen Jerome Eddy

Votes: 408

48. Tundra (1936)

Approved | 75 min | Adventure

After a plane crash, a doctor treks 400 miles into the Alaskan wilderness. Based on a true story.

Directors: Norman Dawn, Fred R. Feitshans Jr. | Stars: Alfred Delcambre, Merrill McCormick, Jack Santos, Earl Dwire

Votes: 11

49. White Fang (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

Jack London tale of a woman and weakling brother who inherit a mine. When the brother commits suicide the guide is accused of murder.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Michael Whalen, Jean Muir, Slim Summerville, Charles Winninger

Votes: 22

50. Call of the Yukon (1938)

Approved | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A fur trader guides a writer and her animals to safety in the Yukon territory when wolves are about to attack.

Directors: B. Reeves Eason, John T. Coyle | Stars: Richard Arlen, Beverly Roberts, Lyle Talbot, Mala

Votes: 73

51. Spawn of the North (1938)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Friends since childhood, two men are on opposite sides in a salmon fishing conflict.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: George Raft, Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 316

52. On the Great White Trail (1938)

Approved | 58 min | Action, Adventure, Music