7.0/10
315
11 user 4 critic

The Trail of '98 (1928)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 20 March 1928 (USA)
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

Writers:

Robert W. Service (novel), Benjamin Glazer (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A prosecutor trying a case where a husband shot his adulterous wife begins to suspect that his own wife is having an affair, and starts to have his own thoughts about killing her.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Warren William, Gail Patrick, Ralph Morgan
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried.

Director: Robert Milton
Stars: Ann Harding, Laurence Olivier, Zasu Pitts
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War.

Directors: King Vidor, George W. Hill
Stars: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Vincent Doane is in the precarious position of trying to close an advertising account with his rich ex-fiancée. Unfortunately she is more interested in him than in business. Vincent's wife ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Madeleine Carroll, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth
Pursuit (1935)
Certificate: Passed Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

"Mitch" Mitchell is an aviator who has been hired to take a child in a guardianship suit out of California into Mexico. He is accompanied by Maxine Bush, the secretary of the head of a ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Chester Morris, Sally Eilers, Scotty Beckett
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Submarine officers Dorgan and Mason battle on land for the affections of dance-hall girl Carmen. She marries Dorgan but makes a play for Mason when her husband is on duty.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Richard Dix, Dolores del Rio, Chester Morris
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Madame DuBarry is a 1934 American historical film directed by William Dieterle and starring Dolores del Rio, Reginald Owen, Victor Jory and Osgood Perkins. The film portrays the life of ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Dolores del Rio, Reginald Owen, Victor Jory
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Story of a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss.

Directors: Ray Enright, Lucien Hubbard
Stars: Joan Blondell, Chester Morris, Allen Jenkins
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Carnival promoters and gangsters back a math genius rube in a big money bridge tournament.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Stuart Erwin, Robert Armstrong, Betty Furness
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jane Budden, a country girl goes to the big city, determined to find and marry a wealthy man. Instead, she meets and marries Hiram Maxim, a struggling inventor. After their marriage, his ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Ryan
Stars: Myrna Loy, Don Ameche, Rhys Williams
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes takes a vacation and visits his old friend Sir Henry Baskerville. His vacation ends when he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a double-murder mystery. Now he's got to ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Bentley
Stars: Arthur Wontner, Ian Fleming, Lyn Harding
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolores del Rio ... Berna (as Dolores Del Rio)
Ralph Forbes ... Larry
Karl Dane ... Lars Petersen
Harry Carey ... Jack Locasto
Tully Marshall ... Salvation Jim
George Cooper ... Samuel Foote - The Worm
Russell Simpson ... Old Swede (scenes deleted)
Emily Fitzroy ... Mrs. Bulkey
Tenen Holtz ... Mr. Bulkey
Cesare Gravina Cesare Gravina ... Henry Kelland - Berna's Grandfather
Doris Lloyd ... Locasto's Procurer
E. Alyn Warren ... Train Engineer
Johnny Downs ... Mother's Boy (as John Down)
Ray Hallor Ray Hallor ... Brother Jim
Ray Gallagher ... Brother Joe
Edit

Storyline

The Klondike gold strike of 1897 inspires fortune-seekers to head for Alaska. Joe and Jim, brothers from South Carolina; Lars, escaping a shrewish wife in Michigan; a poor farmer from Kansas; weathered prospectors from Nevada; and countless others leave San Francisco by ship. The Bulkys head north to open a restaurant, bringing a poor relative, Berna, along to help. On board Berna meets Larry and falls in love. The overland route to Dawson City is hazardous and arduous. Each person must carry their own food, a ton of it. That means traveling 80 miles back and forth to advance one mile, carrying 50 pounds a trip. The Chilkoot Pass is one of the worst sections of the trail. In the spring the trekkers take to the rivers, swollen by melting ice. Whitehorse Rapids proves the last and biggest obstacle to reaching the gold fields. But that's not the end of the hardships. Claim jumping, blizzards, fires, and Berna's honor at stake are to be faced before striking it rich. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bean | dog | sledding | prostitute | gold | See All (54) »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vertigem do Oiro See more »

Filming Locations:

Truckee, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Movietone) (Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Clarence Brown called the film " . . . the hardest film I ever made." He was in charge of 2000 people in weather that was -60 F in 50-mph winds at 11,600-foot altitudes. See more »

Quotes

Berna: [to Larry] So, you've found gold! There's not enough gold in the world to make things right again.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: Hazard of the Game (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glow-Worm
(1902) (uncredited)
from "Glühwürmchen"
Music by Paul Lincke
Played as background music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Silent epic with enough strong scenes to make it watchable
28 May 2017 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

This silent movie from 1928 is an epic drama centered on the real-life Klondike gold rush of 1897-98, with portions of it real (e.g. the treacherous ascent up the Chilkoot Pass), and others making up the story of the fictional characters. Among the prospectors are a couple who meet and fall in love, played by Dolores del Rio and Ralph Forbes. Their chief nemesis is a schemer played by Harry Carey, who always seems a step ahead of everyone else. There are several other prospectors who provide humor (usually quite dated) as well as the pathos of their situation, enduring one hardship after another.

The movie is drawn out and styled as an epic, 'big' film. I found it somewhat tedious in big patches of the first half, but it grew on me. Director Clarence Brown ('A Free Soul' and 'National Velvet' among four other Oscar nominations) includes some decent special effects in scenes such as an avalanche and a man being lit on fire, and heightens emotional tension with slow zooms into the actors' faces. In a scene that made me smile, Carey sits down to a steak dinner and has plates of beans brought in around it, so that he can eat a 'real meal' in front of them, having lived on beans for six months. Despite the cuteness and simple dialog in the film, there are moments of real grit, including betrayal, an implied rape, and scenes on the rapids which actually killed four stuntmen. There are parts which definitely stand up close to 90 years later, and it's worth sticking with.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

What Made the Star of "The Rook" Scream at Her TV?

If you were around in the early aughts, you might've had the same reaction. Emma Greenwell of the new STARZ series lets us in on her "Fleabag" fandom and more.

Watch now



Recently Viewed