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The Silent Enemy (1930)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 August 1930 (USA)
A documentary about the life of Indians in Northern Canada.


H.P. Carver


W. Douglas Burden (story), Richard Carver (scenario) | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Chief Yellow Robe Chief Yellow Robe ... Chetoga, tribe leader
Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance ... Baluk, mighty hunter
Chief Akawanush Chief Akawanush ... Dagwan, medicine man
Mary Alice Nelson Archambaud Mary Alice Nelson Archambaud ... Neewa, Chetoga's daughter
Cheeka Cheeka ... Cheeka, Chetoga's son
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mali Spotted Elk Mali Spotted Elk


Food is getting scarce for the tribe, and the chief must choose between the advice of Baluk to go north to the caribou herds, or the conniving medicine man Dagwan to stay put. On the way north they endure great hardship, and the conflict between Baluk and Dagwan deepens. It doesn't help that both want to marry the chief's daughter. Written by Robert Tonsing <rob_tonsing@msn.com>

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Release Date:

2 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Enemy: An Epic of the American Indian See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (talking sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Wednesday 24 November 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »


Featured in Long Lance (1986) See more »


Song of the Waters
Music by Massard Kur Zhene
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Hunger, Hunger, Hunger
11 January 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

The makers of this dramatized documentary following in the footsteps of 'Nanook of the North' about the Ojibway Indians returned after spending a year in Northern Ontario bringing with them 25,000 feet of silent footage shot by the veteran Hollywood cameraman Marcel Le Picard, which it had then taken another year to cut and assemble; by which time the silent film had long since become a thing of the past. So before Paramount could release it, 'The Silent Enemy' therefore had to be transformed into a part-talkie through the addition of a short opening speech to camera by Chief Yellow Robe - who had played Chetoga in the film - along with a synchronised organ score.

As usual the villain of the piece is the witch doctor, and as previous reviewers have commented some of the scenes must have been staged for the makers to have been able to have had their cameras in precisely the right place at the right time; and some of the wildlife is extremely roughly treated (including a couple of extremely cute bear cubs that the hero has just orphaned) in a way that would draw screams today from the American Humane Association.

The title by the way refers to hunger.

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