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The Jan 1926 AmCin reported that filming was recently completed.
       The Johnston Flood, often called "The Great Johnstown Flood," took place on 31 May 1889, the result of the collapse of the dam and viaduct along Lake Conemaugh, PA. Considered the most catastrophic natural disaster of nineteenth century America, the flood resulted in the loss of over 2,200 lives and the destruction of Johnstown and several smaller Pennsylvania ... More Less

The Jan 1926 AmCin reported that filming was recently completed.
       The Johnston Flood, often called "The Great Johnstown Flood," took place on 31 May 1889, the result of the collapse of the dam and viaduct along Lake Conemaugh, PA. Considered the most catastrophic natural disaster of nineteenth century America, the flood resulted in the loss of over 2,200 lives and the destruction of Johnstown and several smaller Pennsylvania communities. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Jan 1926
p. 26.
Film Daily
7 Mar 1926.
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Variety
17 Mar 1926
p. 38.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 February 1926
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
28 February 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22511
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,357
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Engineer Tom O'Day warns John Hamilton, a logging-camp owner, that the dam above the town of Johnstown is being weakened by the impounding of water for floating logs. Hamilton refuses, however, to heed the warning. Tom, who is in love with Gloria, Hamilton's daughter, plans to marry her while Hamilton is absent in Pittsburgh. When the dam bursts, the town is destroyed and countless lives are lost. Anna Burger, a workman's daughter, rides through the valley to warn the people; and although she is drowned, Tom and Gloria escape from the flooded ... +


Engineer Tom O'Day warns John Hamilton, a logging-camp owner, that the dam above the town of Johnstown is being weakened by the impounding of water for floating logs. Hamilton refuses, however, to heed the warning. Tom, who is in love with Gloria, Hamilton's daughter, plans to marry her while Hamilton is absent in Pittsburgh. When the dam bursts, the town is destroyed and countless lives are lost. Anna Burger, a workman's daughter, rides through the valley to warn the people; and although she is drowned, Tom and Gloria escape from the flooded church. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Disaster


Subject

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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