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The Trail of '98 ()


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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.

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Berna (as Dolores Del Rio)
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Larry
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Lars Petersen
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Jack Locasto
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Salvation Jim
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Samuel Foote - The Worm
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Old Swede (scenesDeleted)
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Mrs. Bulkey
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Mr. Bulkey
Cesare Gravina ...
Henry Kelland - Berna's Grandfather
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Locasto's Procurer
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Train Engineer
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Mother's Boy (as John Down)
Ray Hallor ...
Brother Jim
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Brother Joe
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Young Girl (uncredited)
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Gold Commissioner's Assistant (uncredited)
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Nevada Prospector (uncredited)
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Little Girl (uncredited)
Cullen Johnson ...
Little Boy (uncredited)
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Man on Ship (uncredited)
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Lars' Nagging Wife (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
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San Francisco Party Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

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Clarence Brown

Written by

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Robert W. Service ... (novel "The Trail of '98)
 
Benjamin Glazer ... (adaptation)
 
Benjamin Glazer ... (continuity) and
Waldemar Young ... (continuity)
 
Joseph Farnham ... (titles) (as Joe Farnham)

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Clarence Brown ... producer (uncredited)

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William Axt ... (uncredited)
David Mendoza ... (uncredited)

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John F. Seitz ... (photographed by) (as John Seitz)

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George Hively ... film editor

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Charles Dorian ... assistant director

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Cedric Gibbons ... settings
Merrill Pye ... settings

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Joe Bonomo ... stunts (uncredited)
Gordon Carveth ... stunts (uncredited)
Lou Costello ... stunt double: Harry Carey, window-jumping scene (uncredited)
Paul Malvern ... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose ... stunt double (uncredited)
Red Thompson ... stunt double (uncredited)

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James Manatt ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Lucia Coulter ... wardrobe
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • La piste de 98 (France)
  • Die goldene Hölle (Germany)
  • Die grüne Hölle (Germany)
  • Klondyke (Sweden)
  • Altin (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 87 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Red River Valley See more »
Quotes Larry: You're right, Berna! We'll get out of this damned country! I'll get the money for the tickets somehow!
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