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The River (1928)

A naïve young man is working on a logging camp beside a turbulent river. When it closes for winter, he opts to stay for the experience. He meets a woman who was the girlfriend to the boss ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

John Hunter Booth (dialogue), Dwight Cummins | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Farrell ... Allen John Spender
Mary Duncan ... Rosalee
Ivan Linow ... Sam Thompson
Margaret Mann ... Widow Thompson
Alfred Sabato Alfred Sabato ... Marsdon (as Alverdo Sabato)
Bert Woodruff ... The Miller
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A naïve young man is working on a logging camp beside a turbulent river. When it closes for winter, he opts to stay for the experience. He meets a woman who was the girlfriend to the boss of the outfit, recently locked up for murder. This worldly lady and the innocent boy find a powerful attraction, that builds to a violent climax. Written by Dennis Taylor

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Would He Descend To Her Level Or Would She Rise To His...? (Print Ad-St. Lawrence Plaindealer,((Canton, NY)) 5 November 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Backwash See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Farrell is one of the first male American stars to appear in a nude scene in a major motion picture, in this 1928 production. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: There is a river called life, its source a hidden fountain. The sea is its goal. Upon it sail the rafts of human destinies.
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Connections

Featured in Murnau, Borzage and Fox (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Found Happiness (When I Found You)
music by Erno Rapee
lyric by Lew Pollack
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incomplete but atmospheric
25 November 2001 | by mike nSee all my reviews

I saw this movie several years ago at the Harvard Film Archives. Apparently, the beginning and end of the movie are extinct, and all that remains is a long romantic sequence involving Farrell & Duncan. We couldn't tell how the romance started, or how it was supposed to end. It was nevertheless quite interesting, with an erotic charge similar to that in Borzage's "Man's Castle".


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