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The Chechahcos (1923)

Unrated | | Adventure, Drama | 15 May 1924 (USA)
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 »


Lewis H. Moomaw


Lewis H. Moomaw (story)
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Complete credited cast:
William Dills ... 'Horseshoe' Riley
Albert Van Antwerp Albert Van Antwerp ... Engineer Bob Dexter
Eva Gordon Eva Gordon ... Mrs. Margaret Stanlaw (as Miss Eva Gordon)
Baby Margie Baby Margie ... Baby Ruth Stanlaw
Alexis B. Luce Alexis B. Luce ... Gambler Richard Steele
Gladys Johnson Gladys Johnson ... Ruth Stanlaw (as Gladys Johnston)


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 'Horseshoe' Riley and Bob Dexter. Mrs. Stanlaw is told by gambler Richard Steele that her daughter is lost. Flash forward 10 years; Riley and Dexter are running a prosperous gold mine, and Steele has just come to town to run the local saloon. Ruth, meanwhile, has grown into a beautiful young woman, and finds herself falling in love with Dexter. Between Steele sending his henchman Pierre to kill Dexter, Dexter discovering that Steele tried to kill him on the ship, and the reunion of Mrs. Stanlaw and Ruth, there's plenty of drama even without the dramatic Alaskan scenery, including the majestic glaciers. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Adventure | Drama






Release Date:

15 May 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cheechakos See more »

Filming Locations:

Anchorage, Alaska, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot entirely on location in Alaska over four months in Anchorage, Mt. McKinley National Park, and on two glaciers near Cordova, the project generated 160,000 feet of exposed film that was edited down to 10,000 feet. Released in the summer of 1923 to good reviews, high ratings, and wide circulation, it nevertheless lost money. See more »


When Bob Dexter gets up from his table at the dance hall, the number of patrons and girls behind him, standing at the bar, changes between shots. A lot of them dissappear, then reappear in different positions. See more »


There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
Sung by Eva Gordon on ship with some lyrics in the intertitles
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An early, home-grown look at the Alaskan gold rush
8 September 2000 | by psteierSee all my reviews

Quite well done when you ignore the melodramatic aspects of the plot. Interesting as an almost contemporary look at the Alaskan Gold Rush culture. The crossing of the Chilcoot pass scenes probably were borrowed from by Chaplin in 'The Gold Rush 1925)' and by other directors as well.

Supposed to be the first feature shot in Alaska. Chechahco means tenderfoot or greenhorn in one of the Alaskan native languages.

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