Trail of '98
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The story of gold and greed and the men and women who became caught up in it, often tragically, during the great Alaskan gold rush. (silent)
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When the action starts, we see the news travelling all across the United States that gold--huge amounts of gold--has been found in Alaska. Despite the rough trip ahead of them, many people begin the trek to Alaska, including two brothers from South Carolina, people from Michigan, Arizona--and so many places more! Some of the people journeying to Alaska include brothers Jim (Ray Hallor) and Joe (Ray Gallagher); Mr. and Mrs. Bulky (Tenen Holtz and Emily Fitzroy) with their daughter Berna (Dolores del Rio) and the patriarch of their family (uncredited, sorry); Salvation Jim (Tully Marshall); Lars Petersen (Karl Dane) and Larry(Ralph Forbes); an train engineer (E. Alyn Warren) and even a young boy (Cullen Johnson).
After they travel by ship from the West Coast to Alaska; they think the worst part of the trek is behind them; but sadly the odyssey to Dawson City and gold mining territory in Alaska has really only just begun. Now they all must trudge through blizzards, each carrying so much food on their backs that they can barely make any progress on any given day; and when they have to make it through Chilkoot Pass, rivers using their self-made boats and Whitehorse Rapids not all of them survive.
Look for terrific romantic chemistry between Dolores del Rio and Ralph Forbes as Berna and Larry; their acting is impeccable. Moreover, we see the roles of villainous claim-jumper Jack Locasto (Harry Carey) and his friend (Doris Lloyd); they also try to manipulate and control Berna while Larry is away making an attempt to find gold and strike it rich. How everything works out, including whether or not people strike gold remains the focus of the picture.
The DVD does not come with any bonus features although the quality of the print is not that bad. The only thing you can do is move ten minutes ahead or backward using your remote. Nevertheless, this is still an excellent film well worth watching.
The Trail of '98 will appeal to fans of great silent film; fans of the actors in the movie and dramas based on real life in general. I highly recommend this film.
The story is very simple: various strata of society from around the United States learn about the discovery of gold in the Klondike and head to Seattle, where the meet aboard a steamer headed to Skagway; upon their arrival there, they proceed to climb over the Chillkoot Pass into Canada, then sail down the Yukon River to the rough-and-tumble overnight city of Dawson. At the center of the story is, inevitably, two young lovers and the moustache-twirling villain who comes between them.
Despite the simplistic plot, the movie is vastly entertaining and quite spectacular--the running of the rapids is particularly memorable and there's a tremendous fire for a climax--all of it handled with meticulous care by the underheralded Clarence Brown.
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