Boyd Emerson loves the wealthy Mildred Wayland, but so does Boyd's unscrupulous rival in the Yukon salmon fisheries, Frederick Marsh. The two battle for Mildred's hand and for control of the thriving fishing business.Written by
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Rex Beach's soul staggering panorama of drama spread over ice-locked regions of wild Northlands...mighty story to inflame the emotions of a world! (Print Ad-Daily Kentucky New Era, ((Hopkinsville, Ky.)) 26 February 1931) See more »
This film was not successful at the box office for RKO, resulting in a loss of $100,000 ($1.42M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »
Oh, it isn't so easy to quit. Quitting can be harder than hanging on. But, I'm through.
Don't say that! I don't believe it. You're just tired. Things'll look brighter in the morning. Brace up, mister!
I'll be just as broke in the morning.
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This is an excellent film. The location footage of Ketchikan, Alaska, the documentary scenes of salmon fishing and canning, and the clash on the water between the two fishing fleets are all first rate.
The crucial dramatic question of the film, can a decent man fall in love with a woman who has had sex with other men, seems hopelessly outdated. But if you replace that question with the more general, which woman should a man choose, one who can offer him a life of ease, or one who can help him fight for success on his own terms, the dramatic crisis becomes not dated but timeless. Good acting and direction, a lesson in the history of film, and in storytelling, that transcends period.
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