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Burning Daylight (1928)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 11 March 1928 (USA)
An Alaskan real estate tycoon who's visiting San Francisco loses his fortune to a group of investment sharks.


Charles Brabin


Jack London (novel), Louis Stevens (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Milton Sills ... Elam 'Burning Daylight' Harnish
Doris Kenyon ... Virgie
Arthur Stone ... French Louie
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... English Harry (as Big Boy Williams)
Lawford Davidson ... Morton
Jane Winton ... Martha Fairbee
Stuart Holmes ... Blake
Edmund Breese ... John Dossett
Howard Truesdale ... Letton
Frank Hagney ... Johnson
Harry Northrup ... The Stranger


Elam "Burning Daylight" Harnish is a prospector who makes a million dollars in the Dawson, Alaska gold rush and loses the million dollars in Dawson. He journeys to San Francisco, makes three million dollars and loses it in San Francisco. He returns to Alaska and eventually finds his treasure. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Burning with the spirit of adventure, afire with everything but love, until a beautiful dance-hall girl whirled her way into his heart! (original ad) See more »








Release Date:

11 March 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der verhängnisvolle Coup See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The film is preserved at the Library of Congress. See more »


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Milton Sills and Doris Kenyon
24 December 2010 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Odd film that starts out as a Jack London Klondike adventure with Burning Daylight (Milton Sills) hitting it big in Dawson City and rescuing a saloon girl (Doris Kenyon) from her sordid life. They head to San Francisco to break into society and to score a business success in the bigtime. But the city slickers pull a fast one on Daylight, and even the pretty girl (Jane Winton) who gets Daylight into society turns out to be rotten.

This has been filmed many times during the silent era. Imagine my surprise when I noted a new 2010 version of the same old story! Co-stars include Guinn Williams, Arthur Stone, Stuart Holmes, and Edmund Breese.

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