The Trail of '98 (1928)

127 mins | Melodrama | 1928

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writer:

Benjamin Glazer

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Editor:

George Hively

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Apr 1927
p. 6.
Film Daily
25 Mar 1928.
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New York Times
21 Mar 1928
p. 30.
Variety
28 Mar 1928
p. 30.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Clarence Brown's Production of Robert W. Service's
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Settings
Settings
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus score
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Trail of '98
a Northland Romance by Robert William Service (New York, 1911).
SONGS
"I Found Gold When I Found You," words and music by Hazel Mooney and Ev E. Lyn, music by William Axt.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 20 March 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 July 1929
Copyright Number:
LP551
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Mus score and sd eff by Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
127
Length(in feet):
8,799
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

The gold fever hits San Francisco and then the nation as men pick up roots and head for Alaska. Family man Samuel Foote, known as The Worm, forsakes his home; Lars Petersen, an outsized Michigan lumberman, leaves his wife; Salvation Jim leaves the Nevada desert; and the Bulkeys, with a poor relation, Berna, and her blind grandfather, plan to move their restaurant to the Klondike. Berna's grandfather is among the many who die during the months of travel from Dawson City across the Alaskan wastes. They arrive to find evil men like Jack Locasto enforcing a cutthroat existence, which drives the Bulkeys back to the States but strengthens the love between Berna and young adventurer Larry. She convinces him to return, but he prevails to try once more. Lars, Larry, Jim, and The Worm finally hit a vein, and Larry and The Worm stay on guard while the others return to record the claim. Left to die by his friend, Larry survives only when The Worm's attempt to steal the last matches backfires and he is eaten by wolves. Larry returns to find Berna a fallen woman, and only after burning Locasto to death in a saloon brawl can Larry and Berna, with the only other survivors, Lars Petersen and Jim, salvage the remains of their greed-gutted ... +


The gold fever hits San Francisco and then the nation as men pick up roots and head for Alaska. Family man Samuel Foote, known as The Worm, forsakes his home; Lars Petersen, an outsized Michigan lumberman, leaves his wife; Salvation Jim leaves the Nevada desert; and the Bulkeys, with a poor relation, Berna, and her blind grandfather, plan to move their restaurant to the Klondike. Berna's grandfather is among the many who die during the months of travel from Dawson City across the Alaskan wastes. They arrive to find evil men like Jack Locasto enforcing a cutthroat existence, which drives the Bulkeys back to the States but strengthens the love between Berna and young adventurer Larry. She convinces him to return, but he prevails to try once more. Lars, Larry, Jim, and The Worm finally hit a vein, and Larry and The Worm stay on guard while the others return to record the claim. Left to die by his friend, Larry survives only when The Worm's attempt to steal the last matches backfires and he is eaten by wolves. Larry returns to find Berna a fallen woman, and only after burning Locasto to death in a saloon brawl can Larry and Berna, with the only other survivors, Lars Petersen and Jim, salvage the remains of their greed-gutted lives. +

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