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The Silver Horde (1930)

Passed | | Drama | 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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Crashing thru the ice-locked gates of the North...trekking across snow trails... (Print Ad- Reading Eagle, ((Reading Penna.)) 14 January 1931)) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La horda argentada See more »

Filming Locations:

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

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Budget:

$423,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Catch 'Em And Can 'Em in Ketchikan
21 May 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The part of The Silver Horde that I like was the location filming in Ketchikan, Alaska and the realistic depiction of the salmon cannery over which our cast is battling. Unfortunately it's a most old fashioned story that doesn't wear well for today's audience.

Joel McCrea who was the noblest of all screen heroes and when cast right could be an admirable performer was given wrong direction here. He really comes off as a pompous self righteous clod, I can't believe both Jean Arthur and Evelyn Brent are fighting over him.

The film is based on a novel by Rex Beach who wrote the popular and many times filmed The Spoilers. In fact Evelyn Brent's character is named Cherry Malotte, the same as the heroine in The Spoilers.

Evelyn's a bad girl with a notorious reputation that our fastidious hero is repulsed by even though he's falling for her. Jean Arthur in the first film she did with Joel McCrea is totally wasted in the fluffy society girl he's first engaged to. This is hardly as good as The More The Merrier.

In this old fashioned drama you have an old fashioned villain and that's Gavin Gordon who's a villain in the best Snidely Whiplash tradition.

The best performers in the film are Louis Wolheim and Raymond Hatton, a pair of Arctic rustics is the best way you can describe them. Wolheim had he not died the following year probably would have shared a lot of the roles Wallace Beery did in the sound era.

Fortunately better films were on the way for Joel McCrea. Otherwise his career would have terminated in the early Thirties.


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