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The Silver Horde (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 25 October 1930 (USA)
A salmon fisherman has to choose between a bad girl and a society doll.

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

Rex Beach (by), Wallace Smith (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evelyn Brent ... Cherry Malotte
Joel McCrea ... Boyd Emerson
Louis Wolheim ... George Balt
Jean Arthur ... Mildred Wayland
Raymond Hatton ... Fraser
Blanche Sweet ... Queenie
Gavin Gordon ... Fred Marsh
Purnell Pratt ... Wayne Wayland
William B. Davidson ... Tom Hilliard (as William Davidson)
Ivan Linow ... Svenson
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Storyline

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 Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed

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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 »

Quotes

Boyd Emerson: Oh, it isn't so easy to quit. Quitting can be harder than hanging on. But, I'm through.
Cherry Malotte: Don't say that! I don't believe it. You're just tired. Things'll look brighter in the morning. Brace up, mister!
Boyd Emerson: I'll be just as broke in the morning.
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Excellent early talkie
24 May 2012 | by kennethransonSee all my reviews

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question of the film, can a decent man fall in love with a woman who has had sex with other men, seems hopelessly outdated.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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silver Horde See more »

Filming Locations:

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

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Budget:

$423,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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