The Viking (1928 film)
The Viking was the first feature-length Technicolor film that featured a soundtrack, the first film made in Technicolor's Process 3. It stars Donald Crisp and LeRoy Mason; the film is based on the 1902 novel The Thrall of Leif the Lucky by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz. Lord Alwin, Earl of Northumbria, is taken to Norway as a slave. There he is bought by an "orphan of noble blood" under the guardianship of Leif Ericsson, he proves a troublesome slave, Leif's sailing master, Egil the Black, prepares to kill him for his insolence, but Helga stops him. When Alwin challenges Egil to a sword fight, Leif permits it. Alwin spares him. Helga gives Alwin to Leif. Leif, with the support of King Olaf, the first Christian king of Norway, sets out to search for lands beyond Greenland, discovered by his pagan father, Eric the Red. Back in Greenland, Eric kills one of his men; when Leif stops there to pick up supplies, Eric gives his blessing for his marriage to Helga. However, after it is revealed that Leif is himself a Christian, Eric disowns him and refuses to give him any supplies.
Fighting breaks out. In the confusion, Helga stows away on Leif's ship. Leif has no choice. During the voyage and Alwin confess their love for each other. Unaware of this, Leif informs her that he will marry her on the "second change of the moon". Egil, in love with Helga himself, foments a mutiny among the crew, who fear sailing off the edge of the world; when Egil prepares to stab Leif in the back during the wedding ceremony, Alwin leaps in the way and is wounded. Leif is enraged when Helga reveals that she loves Alwin, he raises his sword to kill the unconscious Alwin. Just land is sighted, the mutiny dissolves. Leif steps ashore bearing a makeshift cross, he makes friends with the natives. When Leif leaves for home, Helga and a few others remain behind. A final,'modern day,' scene, with God Bless America sung in the background, implies that the stone tower still stands somewhere in a coastal city on the northeast coast of America. Donald Crisp as Leif Ericsson Pauline Starke as Helga LeRoy Mason as Alwin Anders Randolf as Eric the Red Richard Alexander as Sigurd Harry Woods as Egil Albert MacQuarrie as Kark Roy Stewart as King Olaf Torben Meyer as Odd Claire McDowell as Lady Editha Julia Swayne Gordon as Thorhild The Viking was the first feature film to use Technicolor's dye-transfer process because of the technical limitation of the previous process with printing sound, which used two prints cemented base-to-base.
The film was considered the finest use of color cinematography at the time of release. In 1938, Technicolor president Herbert Kalmus wrote: There seemed to be two principal troubles with The Viking, both of which I suspected but without certainty. First it came out among the last silent pictures in 1929, second, whiskers. Leif Ericson, the Viking hero true to character had a long curling mustache, whereas American audiences prefer their lovers smooth-shaven. At times the whole screen seemed filled with Viking whiskers; the film critic for the New York Times agreed, noting that "the figures look as if they had stepped out of an opera comique…. The make-up of the players is more than a trifle overdone when the villain reveals on close inspection his mouse-colored eyelids." The sound was recorded in the Movietone sound-on-film system developed by Fox Film Corporation, with color by Technicolor in their new dye transfer process, now known as Process 3. The film was produced by the Technicolor Corporation, but was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after production chief Irving Thalberg became impressed with the technology.
The film carries MGM's Leo the Lion logo in color, featuring a different lion the one shown on Black-and-White films. In 1930, MGM reissued the film as a color sound musical film titled The Private Life of Leif Ericson; the sound film survives today as well as the silent version. The Viking on IMDb The Viking at the TCM Movie Database The Viking at AllMovie The Viking at the American Film Institute Catalog Technicolor - a history of the colour process, including information about The Viking
What's Wrong with the Women?
What's Wrong with the Women? is 1922 American silent Jazz Age drama film, directed by Roy William Neill, produced by Daniel Carson Goodman, starring Wilton Lackaye, Barbara Castleton, Constance Bennett. It is not known whether the film survives, which suggests that it is a lost film. Wilton Lackaye as James Bascom Constance Bennett as Elise Bascom Montagu Love as Arthur Belden Julia Swayne Gordon as Mrs. Bascom Barbara Castleton as Janet Lee Rod La Rocque as Jack Lee Huntley Gordon as Loyd Watson Paul McAllister as John Mathews Mrs. Oscar Hammerstein as A Friend Mrs. De Wolf Hopper as Mrs. Neer Helen Rowland as Baby Helen Lee What's Wrong with the Women? on IMDb What's Wrong with the Women? at AllMovie Film poster
The Woman Gives
The Woman Gives is a 1920 American silent adventure drama film directed by Roy William Neill and starring Norma Talmadge, John Halliday, Edmund Lowe. As described in a film magazine, artist Inga Sonderson and her betrothed sculptor Robert Milton owe their success to Daniel Garford, popularly acclaimed a genius; when Daniel discovers that his wife has been unfaithful, he abandons his career and drowns his sorrow in drink. Inga exerts every effort to save him from himself, much to her fiance's strenuous objections, she follows Daniel to an opium den. Robert breaks with Inga over her interest in Daniel. Daniel reclaims his popularity, it is popularly assumed that he is to marry Inga, at the last minute she surprises everyone and marries Robert. Norma Talmadge as Inga Sonderson John Halliday as Daniel Garford Edmund Lowe as Robert Milton Lucille Lee Stewart as Mrs. Garford John Smiley as Cornelius Edward Keppler as Bowden The film is preserved at the Library of Congress, Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, the Russian Gosfilmofond.
The Woman Gives on IMDb synopsis at AllMovie Johnson, The Woman Gives: a Story of Regeneration, Boston: Little, Brown & Company, on the Internet Archive
Jon Hall (actor)
Jon Hall was an American film actor known for playing a variety of adventurous roles, as in 1937's The Hurricane, when contracted to Universal Pictures, including Invisible Agent and The Invisible Man's Revenge and six movies he made with Maria Montez. He was known to 1950s fans as the creator and star of the Ramar of the Jungle television series which ran from 1952 to 1954. Hall directed and starred in two 1960's sci-fi films in his years, The Beach Girls and the Monster and The Navy vs. the Night Monsters. Born in Fresno and raised in Tahiti by his father, the Swiss-born actor Felix Maurice Locher, Hall was a nephew of writer James Norman Hall, co-author of the novel Mutiny on the Bounty. Hall intended to go into the diplomatic service and was educated in England and Switzerland, but a friend from Tahiti, writer Gouvernor Morris, suggested. Hall began in his career under the name "Charles Locher", his first performance was in a local theatre production of M'Lord the Duke, replacing Robert Taylor who had just signed to MGM.
He appeared in Murder on a Mountain on stage at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre in Beverly Hills. This earned him a contract at Warner Bros, he followed it with What? No Yacht? at the Bliss Hayden Nothing appears to have happened with the Warners contract but his first film was Women Must Dress at Monogram. In April 1935 he signed with 20th Century Fox, he ended up not appearing in that movie but did have an uncredited bit in Here's to Romance and play the romantic male lead in Charlie Chan in Shanghai. After that the studio released him from his contract. In Hall's words "for the next three years I took whatever jobs in pictures they'd give me." He had support roles in the Westerns The Mysterious Avenger, at Columbia, Winds of the Wasteland, with John Wayne at Republic Pictures, the serial The Clutching Hand. He had the lead in a low budget adventure movie The Lion Man, based on a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, he was rejected for the lead of the Flash Gordon serial. He changed his screen name to "Lloyd Crane" and in 1936 signed a contract with Major Pictures, a company run by producer Emmanuel Cohen who distributed through Paramount.
Other actors who had deals with Cohen included Bing Crosby, Mae West, Gary Cooper. He made Mind Your Own Business and The Girl from Scotland Yard. Cohen dropped him. Samuel Goldwyn was preparing a big budget spectacular, The Hurricane, based on a novel by Nordhoff and Hall and directed by John Ford, they were having trouble finding someone to play the native whose wrongful imprisonment is the focus of the drama until Ford introduced Hall to Goldwyn. Hall was signed to a long term contract to Goldwyn, cast in the film, a big success. Goldwyn paid him $150 a week rising to $200 a week. Hall spent the next two and a half years idle under his contract as Goldwyn - who only made a few movies a year - contemplated what to do with him. There was some talk of a sequel to The Hurricane, of playing the lead in Golden Boy, of Black Gold a film for Goldwyn about firefights in Oklahoma. Alexander Korda wanted Hall for Thief of Bagdad; these films were either not made without Hall. Discussing the delay Hall said "At first it's alright because you tell...
What you believe to be true, that the studio is trying to find you a right script. But after a year, after a year and a half, after two years, you start to go nuts. You find yourself ducking across the street to avoid people who will ask you what you are doing."After two and a half years inactive, Hall made three films in quick succession: Sailor's Lady, a comedy with Nancy Kelly, developed by Goldwyn and sold to 20th Century Fox. Dorothy Lamour had gone to Paramount, they reunited her with Hall in the South Seas tale, Aloma of the South Seas, he stayed in that genre for The Tuttles of Tahiti with Charles Laughton at RKO, from a novel by Nordhoff and Hall. Goldwyn agreed to share Hall's contract with Universal Pictures who put him in a supporting role in Eagle Squadron, produced by Walter Wanger and directed by Arthur Lubin, a huge hit, they gave him the lead in the fourth in their "Invisible Man" series. Wanger called upon Hall for another movie at Universal, a big budget "exotic" spectacular co-starring Maria Montez and Sabu, Arabian Nights.
It was Universal's first movie in colour in years, was a massive hit. Universal promptly reunited Montez and Sabu in two more films: White Savage, directed by Lubin, Cobra Woman, directed by Robert Siodmak. Paramount borrowed Hall to play a film star in the musical Lady in the Dark, playing the role originated by Victor Mature on Broadway. Back at Universal he returned to the Invisible Man series with The Invisible Man's Revenge, making him the only actor to have portrayed an Invisible Man more than once in the original Universal series. Hall was meant to be reunited with Sabu for three more technicolor films; however Sabu was drafted in the army and was replaced by Turhan Bey for Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, directed by Lubin. Bey was going to reteam with Hall and Montez in Gypsy Wildcat but was needed for another film, was replaced by Peter Coe. Hall appeared in a comedy, San Diego, I Love You was reunited with Montez and Bey i
The City (1926 film)
The City is a lost 1926 silent film produced and released by the Fox Film Corporation. It is based on Clyde Fitch's 1909 Broadway play. A previous film on Fitch's play appeared in 1916; this version has been updated to contemporary 1926. May Allison as Elinor Voorhees Robert Frazer - George Rand Jr. George Irving - George Rand Sr. Lillian Elliott - Mrs. Elliott Walter McGrail - Jim Hannock Richard Walling - Chad Morris Nancy Nash as Cicely Rand Melbourne MacDowell - Vorhees Bodil Rosing - Sarah Fred Walton - 1937 Fox vault fire The City on IMDb The City synopsis at AllMovie The City lobby poster
Yes or No?
Yes or No? is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Roy William Neill and starring Norma Talmadge in a duo role. It is based on the 1917 Broadway play No by Arthur Goodrich. Talmadge and Joe Schenck released it through First National Exhibitors, it is preserved at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation. Norma Talmadge as Margaret Vane / Minnie Berry Frederick Burton as Donald Vane Lowell Sherman as Paul Derreck Lionel Adams as Dr. Malloy Rockliffe Fellowes as Jack Berry Natalie Talmadge as Emma Martin Edward Brophy as Tom Martin Dudley Clements as Horace Hooker Gladden James as Ted Leach Yes or No? on IMDb synopsis at AllMovie Lobby poster featuring the likenesses of Norma Talmadge and Gladden James
Douglass Rupert Dumbrille was a Canadian actor and one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood. The son of Richard and Elizabeth Dumbrille, Douglass Rupert Dumbrille was born in Ontario; as a young man, he was employed as a bank clerk in Hamilton while pursuing an interest in acting. He left banking to work with a stock company that led him to Chicago, Illinois and a job with another stock company that toured the United States. In 1913, the East Coast film industry was flourishing and that year he appeared in the film What Eighty Million Women Want, but it would be another 11 years before he appeared on screen again. In 1924, he made his Broadway debut and worked off and on in the theatre for several years while supplementing his income by selling such products as car accessories, insurance, real estate, books. During the Great Depression, Dumbrille moved to the West Coast of the U. S. where he specialized in playing secondary character roles alongside the great stars of the day. His physical appearance and suave voice equipped him for roles as slick politician, corrupt businessman, crooked sheriff, or unscrupulous lawyer.
He was regarded by the studios and was sought out by Cecil B. DeMille, Frank Capra, Hal Roach and other prominent Hollywood filmmakers. A friend of fellow Canadian-born director Allan Dwan, Dumbrille played Athos in Dwan’s 1939 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Dumbrille had roles in more than 200 motion pictures and, with the advent of television, made numerous appearances in the 1950s and 1960s, he had the ability to project a balance of menace and pomposity in roles as the "heavy" in comedy films, such as those of the Marx Brothers or Abbott and Costello. He played similar roles in the 1950 remake, Riding High, he appeared in DeMille's 1938 version of The Buccaneer and twenty years in the 1958 color remake. Working in television, Dumbrille was cast in six episodes of the religion anthology series, Crossroads, he portrayed Senator Bates in "Thanksgiving Prayer" with Ron Hagerthy of Sky King. Dumbrille portrayed Mr. Willoughby in "Big Sombrero". In 1958, he was cast as Mayor John Geary in three episodes of the NBC western series, The Californians.
He subsequently guest-starred in Frank Aletter's CBS sitcom. Dumbrille made two guest appearances as a judge on CBS's Perry Mason. In his final television role, he portrayed a doctor in episode 10 of Batman in February 1966. After 47 years of marriage, Dumbrille's wife, Jessie Lawson, mother of their son John and daughter Douglass, died in 1957. In 1960, at the age of seventy, Dumbrille married Patricia Mowbray, the 28-year-old daughter of his friend and fellow actor, Alan Mowbray. In response to criticism of the May–December marriage, Dumbrille provided a succinct answer: "Age doesn’t mean a blasted thing; the important thing is. Pat and I agreed that I had some years left and we could best share them together. We don’t give a continental damn what other people think." Dumbrille died of a heart attack on April 2, 1974, at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Douglass Dumbrille on IMDb Douglass Dumbrille at the Internet Broadway Database Douglass Dumbrille at Find a Grave