The Toilers (1928)

78 mins | Melodrama | 1 October 1928

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HISTORY

According to a studio directory in the 18 Feb 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, production began on Power, the working title of The Toilers, on 29 Jan 1928. Pathé Exchange, Inc. released another film titled Power (see entry) in late Sep 1928, a week before The Toilers was released.
       The Toilers was the first sound film produced by Tiffany-Stahl Productions, Inc. and used the RCA Photophone process, which utilized a sound-on-film track. Although there was no dialogue within the film, according to the Var review, the soundtrack included two "brief snatches of pop song choruses," "three choruses of a miner's doggerel" and various sound ... More Less

According to a studio directory in the 18 Feb 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, production began on Power, the working title of The Toilers, on 29 Jan 1928. Pathé Exchange, Inc. released another film titled Power (see entry) in late Sep 1928, a week before The Toilers was released.
       The Toilers was the first sound film produced by Tiffany-Stahl Productions, Inc. and used the RCA Photophone process, which utilized a sound-on-film track. Although there was no dialogue within the film, according to the Var review, the soundtrack included two "brief snatches of pop song choruses," "three choruses of a miner's doggerel" and various sound effects. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
18 Feb 1928
p. 33.
Film Daily
14 Oct 1928.
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Variety
31 Oct 1928
p. 24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Story
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus arr
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Power
Release Date:
1 October 1928
Production Date:
began 29 Jan 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Tiffany-Stahl Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 July 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25469
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Mus score and sd eff by RCA Photophone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 9 reels.
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in feet):
7,256
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Toby, Steve, and Joe, three coal miners who live together, have their happy home broken up when Steve brings Mary, an orphan, home after rescuing her in a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. She and Steve fall in love and plan to marry. The day after Christmas, disaster strikes the coal mines. Steve, Joe, and ten other miners become trapped in a remote shaft behind a barricade while fires rage throughout the mine. After three days of searching, the rescue party gives up hope of finding them. Rescuers hear a tapped message, however, while Mary, anxiously waiting at the mine entrance, is convinced by a dream that Steve is still alive. The rescuers resume their efforts, drill down into the shaft, and reach the miners just as the fire threatens to destroy the ... +


Toby, Steve, and Joe, three coal miners who live together, have their happy home broken up when Steve brings Mary, an orphan, home after rescuing her in a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. She and Steve fall in love and plan to marry. The day after Christmas, disaster strikes the coal mines. Steve, Joe, and ten other miners become trapped in a remote shaft behind a barricade while fires rage throughout the mine. After three days of searching, the rescue party gives up hope of finding them. Rescuers hear a tapped message, however, while Mary, anxiously waiting at the mine entrance, is convinced by a dream that Steve is still alive. The rescuers resume their efforts, drill down into the shaft, and reach the miners just as the fire threatens to destroy the barricade. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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