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The Ice Flood (1926)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 2 October 1926 (USA)
Jack De Quincy, an American graduate of Oxford, is still considered a wastrel playboy by his father, owner of a giant lumber company in the American northwest. To prove he is a man his ... See full summary »


George B. Seitz


Johnston McCulley (story "The Brute Breaker"), George B. Seitz (scenario) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Kenneth Harlan ... Jack De Quincey
Viola Dana ... Marie O'Neill
Frank Hagney ... Pete the Bully
Fred Kohler ... 'Cougar' Kid
DeWitt Jennings ... James O'Neill
Kitty Barlow Kitty Barlow ... Lumber Camp Cook
James Gordon ... Lumber Camp Physician
George Irving ... Thomas De Quincy
Norman Deming Norman Deming ... Dumb Danny
Billy Kent Schaefer Billy Kent Schaefer ... Little Billy


Jack De Quincy, an American graduate of Oxford, is still considered a wastrel playboy by his father, owner of a giant lumber company in the American northwest. To prove he is a man his father sends him there to take charge of a large lumber camp, filled with brawny he-men who spend their time drinking, gambling and brawling when not cutting timber. Once there, Jack establishes himself by winning a fight against "Dum-Dum" Pete, the toughest man in those parts. Along the way he sees to it that a needed operation is performed on the camp's mascot, a crippled young boy, and saves his sweetheart, Marie O'Nei, that daughter of a rival lumber company, from drowning in the river when the spring thaw causes an ice-break flood. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

2 October 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le torrent de glace See more »

Filming Locations:

Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A Jewel Production. Universal utilized a 3-tiered brand system until 1929: Red Feather (low budget programmers), Bluebird (mainstream) and Jewel (big budget prestige pictures produced with roadshow ticket prices in mind). See more »

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A Lumbering Lumber Pictrure!
26 February 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

The basic story bears many similarities to "God's Country and the Woman" (1937), an elaborate Technicolor movie, with George Brent, Beverly Roberts, Barton MacLane and Robert Barrat in the roles here played by Kenneth Harlan, Viola Dana, Frank Hagney and James Gordon.

Unfortunately, that Technicolor production has it all over this film in every department, including acting, script, direction, photography and production values. This is just a little "B" movie by comparison and it has actually very little to recommend it unless you're a rabid fan of Kenneth Harlan (who made a great villain but he's too heavy-set in appearance and woodenly impersonal for a hero role). True, the lovely Viola Dana is also in the movie, but she is upstaged by a crippled boy (a hollow plot device) in most of her scenes. The only really charismatic figure in the cast is Frank Hagney who has an unusually meaty role as the chief villain (which he carries off in splendid fashion).

Alas, although Mr Seitz has a big reputation as a competent action director, he is badly let down here by his editor, who repeats over and over the same crummy miniature shot of the ice about to break up. And when it does finally flood forth, what we do get? You guessed it. More obvious miniatures that wouldn't fool a four-year-old. All in all, "The Ice Flood" is a wash-out.

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