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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.


Clarence Brown


Robert W. Service (novel), Benjamin Glazer (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




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 ... Brother Jim
Ray Gallagher ... Brother Joe


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>

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Gigantic EPIC of Klondike Gold Rush. Starring Dolores Del Rio, Ralph Forbes, 15,000 people in the cast. 1,000 dogs in spectacular array. Thrills, Drama, Mommoth scenic marvels Superb acting and perfect direction. Cost thousands of dollars. (Print Ad- Wolf Point Herald, ((Wolf Point, Mont.)) 17 May 1929) See more »


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Did You Know?


Four stuntmen were killed while filming the Copper River rapids scenes. Of the four, two bodies were never found. This is according to the documentary Hollywood: Hazard of the Game (1980) and verified by two stunt men from the scene, one being future producer Paul Malvern. See more »


Salvation Jim: [to other gold-seekers] You hell-hounds! The devil's lollin' in the bay window of your souls while God's freezin' in the attic!
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A Bird in a Gilded Cage
(1899) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Played as background music
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I found gold when I found you!
27 February 2012 | by anches-725-976306See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite films of the late silent era.It has a mixture of drama, suspense,action and comedy to satisfy most tastes. The comedy is provided by Karl Dane, as a Scandinavian saphead who falls for about every con that comes his way. The hero and heroine suit each other well. The villain is about as bad as you could want and the fight scene with the hero is one of the most realistic I have ever seen.There are some pretty good special effects and some strong supporting characters. The way in which people come to accept the fate of their companions tells us how harsh conditions must have been and how hard those prospectors had to become to survive. Add to this a theme song, background music and sound effects....what more could you ask for?

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Release Date:

20 March 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trail of '98 See more »

Filming Locations:

Truckee, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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