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The Grub Stake (1923)

A young woman is lured to the Yukon by a gambler with promises of marriage and a grubstake for a gold mine. She takes her ailing father with her, only to discover when she gets there that ... See full summary »

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Nell Shipman (story)
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Credited cast:
Nell Shipman ... Faith Diggs
Hugh Thompson ... Jeb
Alfred Allen ... Mark Leroy
Lillian Leighton
George Berrell ... Malamute Mike
Walt Whitman Walt Whitman ... The Skipper
Cecil Van Auker Cecil Van Auker ... The Mounty (as C.K. Van Auker)
Ah Wing Ah Wing ... Wong
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Marjorie Warfield Marjorie Warfield
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A young woman is lured to the Yukon by a gambler with promises of marriage and a grubstake for a gold mine. She takes her ailing father with her, only to discover when she gets there that the gambler was lying to her and actually planned to sell her to a dance hall. She gathers her father and an old miner she has met, takes a dogsled and supplies from the gambler and the three of them head for the wilderness to look for a lost gold claim the old miner has been looking for. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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USA

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18 February 1923 (USA) See more »

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The Golden Yukon See more »

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Yukon wilderness action/adventure
15 May 2000 | by psteierSee all my reviews

An innocent girl (Nell Shipman as Faith Diggs) is lured to Dawson in the Yukon with her ailing father (Walt Whitman as The Skipper) by gambler Mark Leroy (Alfred Allen) with a promise of a grub stake to start a laundry for the miners. On the ship, he asks her to marry him instead, but tells her to keep the marriage secret. When they arrive, she overhears the gambler trying to sell her to the owner of a dance hall and is told that he is already married and that he lures girls to the Yukon with empty promises.

She runs off into the wilderness with her father and an old miner (George Berrell as Malamute Mike) who is looking for a lost claim, taking supplies, dogs and a dog sled from the gambler. They get lost and separated, but she finds the lost claim while her father is nursed by a woman living in the woods.

The gambler reports her and her father as thieves and a Monty (Cecil Van Auker) arrives but he waits until her father is recovered enough to travel. The the miner goes back to Dawson to register his claim, but the gambler gets a gang together and forces the miner to return to the claim in order to steal it.

After a chase on a cliff, the gambler falls to his death but she is saved.

An unusual independent American film from a time when the studio control of the distribution channels made it difficult for independents. As in most Nell Shipman movies, she seems most interested in the 'wild' animals that she plays with.


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