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The Viking


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Set against the backdrop of the icy, oceanic dangers of the Newfoundland seal hunt, this film is, technically and thematically, a remarkable example of maverick filmmaking in the north. An extraordinary portrait of a people's 'dramatic struggle for exist

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  • Actors: Charles Starrett, Arthur Vinton, Louise Huntington, Bob Bartlett, Bennie Bartlett
  • Directors: George Melford
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Televista
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013B34QC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2008
Format: DVD
THE VIKING is docu-fiction very much in the tradition of NANOOK OF THE NORTH (1922). "The Viking" is the name of the Newfoundland-coast sealing boat where the action unfolds. Highlight of this movie is the natural wonder of sea, ice and action, and not the contrived love story.

MAN OF ARAN is another example of docu/fiction from the creator of "Nanook," Robert Flaherty. This one concerns residents of remote islands off Ireland's western coast and their battle for survival against a violent sea and harsh climate.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.

(6.9) The Viking (Canada/USA-1931) - Charles Starrett/Arthur Vinton/Bob Bartlett/Louise Huntington

CAST & CREW TRIVIA--

Charles Starrett played The Durango Kid in the movie series.

Bob Bartlett was a native Newfoundland fisherman/seal hunter.

George Melford also directed the Spanish language version of DRACULA (1931).

After main shooting was complete and while trying to get additional footage, tragedy struck this project when its producer/director (Varick Frissell), cameraman (Alex Penrod) and almost the entire film crew were killed in a massive on-ship explosion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on April 9, 2012
Format: DVD
WARNING - In the 80+ years since this film was made, the world has changed a lot. With respect to the killing of animals, the changes have been mostly positive. In 1930 it was considered "noble" and "brave" to go out and shoot defenseless seals and to let their babies drown and/or starve. So anyone who is offended by this type of behavior will probably not want to watch this film.

The film itself is a strange mixture. It's a documentary about the sinking of a sealing boat (The Viking) off the Newfoundland Coast, and it's interspersed with the love story that was being filmed at the time the ship sunk. In reality, the film "White Thunder" had been finished when the producer decided he needed more action, so he returned to film a "seal hunt" and during this hunt the ship got stuck in the ice and then exploded, killing the producer and dozens of other people. So the final picture, renamed "The Viking" includes both the love story and the drama of the seal hunt.

The love story part of the film stars Charles Starrett (1903-86) as a jinxer (a person who brings bad luck) who joins a seal hunt. Louise Huntington (1904-97) plays a girl in love with Starrett and Arthur Vinton (1896-1963) plays the seal hunter who is in love with Huntington.

Starrett is best known as the "Durango Kid" in dozens of B westerns he made between 1940 and 1952. Huntington made only 5 films, and this was her fourth. Vinton debuted in this film and continued as an extra and made more than two dozen films.

But nothing about the love story is notable. It looks like a silent film from the teens, with little story nor plot. The true joy of this film is the photography which more often than not appears like a documentary, and every so often the silent film plot is inserted.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Doros on August 2, 2009
Format: DVD
There's a better version available from Milestone that was legally licensed from the restored version created by the National Archive of Canada. It can be found at White Thunder with all the films by Varick Frissell and the documentary about him by Victoria King.
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