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Eskimo (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 10 January 1934 (USA)
The happy life of an Eskimo is disastrously changed when he mingles with an unscrupulous white trader.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (translated to the screen by), Peter Freuchen (from the books "Der Eskimo" and "Die Flucht ins weisse Land")
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Airs Mon. Feb. 25, 2:00 AM on TCM

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Edgar Dearing ... Constable Balk (uncredited)
Peter Freuchen ... Captain (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Captain's Mate (uncredited)
Lotus Long ... Iva (uncredited)
Mala ... Mala, aka Kripik (uncredited)
Joe Sawyer ... Sergeant Hunt (uncredited)
Harold Seabrook Harold Seabrook ... Minor Role (uncredited)
W.S. Van Dyke ... Inspector White (uncredited)
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Storyline

Mala leads a contented life as the best hunter in his Canadian Arctic tribe, providing meat, fish and birds with his great skill. When another tribe member returns from trading furs with the white men for items such as a gun and an iron needle, Mala's wife, Aba, urges him to make the 500-mile trek across the frozen tundra to do the same. After the long night of winter, Mala does go with his family to the white man's "floating house" in Tjarnak. The friendly captain makes trade for Mala's excellent furs, but upsets Mala when he insists that Aba sleep with him that night. "He didn't even ask me!" Mala complains. Afterwards, the captain suggests that Mala go whale hunting and promises not to touch his wife, so Mala agrees. But news of a successful catch spurs a celebration on board ship, and the captain has Aba forcibly removed from her tent, plied with liquor, and then he rapes her. In the morning, the still-drunk Aba staggers from the ship, but collapses in the snow, where she is ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Inuktitut

Release Date:

10 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esquimó See more »

Filming Locations:

near, Teller, Alaska, USA

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Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's initial telecast took place in Honolulu Friday 7 June 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), where it soon became a popular favorite and enjoyed repeated telecasts in the months that followed; elsewhere, aged and forgotten, with an unknown cast, and a running time of almost two hours, sponsor interest was minimal and it was only occasionally taken off the shelf in the less predominant markets. It first aired in Norfolk VA 7 July 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in San Francisco 11 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in Cincinnati 13 March 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Adams MA 18 March 1958 on WCDC (Channel 19), in Spokane 13 April 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6), in Cleveland 29 April 1958 on KYW (Channel 3), in Albuquerque 26 June 1958 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Tucson 14 July 1958 on KVOA (Channel 4), in Akron 30 November 1958 on WAKR (Channel 49), and in Salt Lake City 14 April 1959 on KTVT (Channel 4). Today it's lodged in the Turner Classic Movies film library, but still only rarely taken out for an airing on cable TV on TCM, despite a deservedly high rating by vintage film enthusiasts because of its unique and valuable documentation of a moment of time now nearly a century long past. See more »

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ESKIMO (1933 MGM) is one of Hollywood's great lost movies, and a tribute to the incredible movie director work of W. S. Van Dyke.
11 May 2012 | by DavidAllenUSASee all my reviews

Last night I screened a movie ESKIMO (1933 MGM) starring Ray Mala and Lotus Long, directed by W. S. Van Dyke, a remarkable classic movie often rightly compared with the famous NANOOK OF THE NORTH (1923) documentary by Robert Flaherty.

ESKIMO (1933 MGM) was actually shot in Alaska, and is a fiction story set in the frozen waste areas of the Canadian Arctic area (though the movie was actually shot in Alaska, it is reported).

ESKIMO (1933 MGM) is one of the most remarkable and interesting, compelling movies I have ever seen, and movie history is one of my major avocations....I have seen many classic movies over the decades and have an enormous personal collection of movies on video.

Even so, ESKIMO (1933) ranks for me among the best of the best, an important (Academy Award Winning...Best Edited Movie...first to get that award ever) movie by any measure.

I'm a movie actor, currently, (SAG-AFTRA member) and recently acted in the GAME CHANGE (2012 HBO) movie in scenes which depicted Alaska's current political celebrity of fame, Sarah Palin (I was in scenes where movie star actress Julianne Moore portrayed Mrs. Palin).

ESKIMO (1933 MGM) is one of Hollywood's great lost movies, and a tribute to the incredible movie director work of W. S. Van Dyke.

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