The Silver Horde
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The cannery looks almost the same from the outside, this website [...] has some old photos and newer ones as well. Take note of the mountian behind the cannerey, that is a good landmark. Notice the windows also, they look almost the same today.
The city of Ketchikan is in the movie as well, when they are walking down the boardwalk, that is over by Inman St. (about a block from Creek Street)See the island view from the boardwalk, that is Pennock Island.
The Salmon coming up the creek are going up Ketchikan Creek, it still has 50% of the worlds pacific salmon. If you go to the pedestrian bridge by the Museum and Library on one side and the Chinese Restaurant on the other side, look up stream. There are the rocks seen in the movie where the creek is rushing through and the salmon go every summer. (they still do)
I've been told that the first scenes with the snow and all is up in Loring. Loring is only reachable by boat and was the first city on Revilla Island. (where Ketchikan is) Harldy anyone lives there today.
If you ever get to visit Ketchikan, these sites are all with in walking distance. Except Loring, only Salmon Falls Jet Boats go there anymore.
So now while your watching the movie, you have a clue where the location is. I like the movie. Hope you enjoyed this tidbit.
The story is that of Boyd Emerson (Joel McCrea), a man who wanders into a very unfriendly Alaskan town. He practically breaks down the door of the town lady of the evening, Cherry Malotte (Evelyn Brent), and demands hospitality, which kind of spoils the idea behind hospitality in the first place. Boyd is in love with a society girl, Mildred Wayland (Jean Arthur), but needs to prove himself worthy to her dad before they can marry. He decides to make his home in this small Alaskan outpost and set up a salmon fishery to compete against that of his underhanded and better capitalized rival for Mildred's hand, Frederick Marsh.
Everyone from "San Francisco to Sitka" apparently knows about Cherry's profession, everyone but Boyd. Cherry uses her bodily assets at one point to insure Boyd gets the loan he needs to start his fishery, without Boyd knowing of course. When he finds out what Cherry does and that she did it at least once to help him, fireworks ensue.
Evelyn Brent was a holdover from the silents, and this is the best talking role I've seen her in. She delivers her hook er's manifesto speech to anemic society girl Mildred with gusto that rivals Barbara Stanwyck in "Baby Face".Read more ›
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Primitive, early talkie production. Bare-bones production values and routine acting. Jean Arthur is not as attractive as in her later movies, and she’s still an actress-in-training... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan L. Miller
Very interesting to see these two, both 25, at the beginning of their careers and learning the acting trade. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by brekrap
This was so good it inspired me to visit Alaska. So we are off to Alaska tomorrow.
Also, realistic view of salmon industry up there.
THE SILVER HORDE is a remake of a 1920 silent photoplay. It's set in Alaska, where the novel's author Rex Lease spent five years as an unsuccessful Gold Rush prospector. Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by Annie Van Auken
I loved Jean Arthur in later films like Only Angels Have Wings and Talk Of The Town, and my mother is a fan of both Arthur and Joel McCrea, so I got this one for my mother just to... Read morePublished on June 15, 2008 by R. Christenson / Lunamation