Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Chechahcos - 1924

Country: USA
Director: Lewis H. Moomaw
Writer: Lewis H. Moomaw (story); Harvey Gates (titles- uncredited)
Stars: William Dills, Albert Van Antwerp and Eva Gordon
William Dills ... 'Horseshoe' Riley Albert Van Antwerp ... Engineer Bob Dexter Eva Gordon ... Mrs. Margaret Stanlaw (as Miss Eva Gordon) Baby Margie ... Baby Ruth Stanlaw Alexis B. Luce ... Gambler Richard Steele Gladys Johnston ... Ruth Stanlaw
Release Date: 15 May 1924 (USA)
Filming Locations: Alaska, USA
Runtime: 87 min (23 fps)
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Production Co: Alaska Moving Picture Corp.
Genres: Adventure | Drama
A fire engulfs a shipload of prospectors and adventurers making their way to Alaska. In the confusion, Mrs. Stanlaw is separated from her young daughter, who ends up in the care of 'Horseshoe' Riley and Bob Dexter. Mrs. Stanlaw is told by gambler Richard Steele that her daughter is lost. Flash forward 10 years; Riley and Dexter are running a prosperous gold mine, and Steele has just come to town to run the local saloon. Ruth, meanwhile, has grown into a beautiful young woman, and finds herself falling in love with Dexter. Between Steele sending his henchman Pierre to kill Dexter, Dexter discovering that Steele tried to kill him on the ship, and the reunion of Mrs. Stanlaw and Ruth, there's plenty of drama even without the dramatic Alaskan scenery, including the majestic glaciers.
Trivia: One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by Alaska Film Archives. This version has an uncredited piano music score and runs 87 minutes.
The word "chechahcos" is Inuit for tenderfoot or newcomer.
The only film ever made by the Alaska Moving Picture Corp. The first feature film produced entirely in Alaska. True to an intertitle's claim, all of it was filmed there. Nothing was shot in Hollywood.

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