The Spoilers (1914)

Drama | 11 April 1914

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HISTORY

Because of the great popularity of The Spoilers in its original nine reel version, Selig shot additional scenes for the film in 1915 and released it in a twelve reel version in early 1916. This version began with shots of Rex Beach in his study after the characters were introduced. According to MPN this was Beach's only screen appearance. Some contemporary sources list the original release at eight reels. Many versions of the Rex Beach novel have been filmed, including a 1923 Goldwyn release directed by Lambert Hillyer, and a 1930 Paramount version directed by Edwin Carewe starring Gary Cooper (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ); John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich and Randolph Scott starred in a version directed by Ray Enright for Universal in 1942 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50 ); and in 1956, Universal released a version directed by Jesse Hibbs starring Anne Baxter and Jeff ... More Less

Because of the great popularity of The Spoilers in its original nine reel version, Selig shot additional scenes for the film in 1915 and released it in a twelve reel version in early 1916. This version began with shots of Rex Beach in his study after the characters were introduced. According to MPN this was Beach's only screen appearance. Some contemporary sources list the original release at eight reels. Many versions of the Rex Beach novel have been filmed, including a 1923 Goldwyn release directed by Lambert Hillyer, and a 1930 Paramount version directed by Edwin Carewe starring Gary Cooper (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ); John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich and Randolph Scott starred in a version directed by Ray Enright for Universal in 1942 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50 ); and in 1956, Universal released a version directed by Jesse Hibbs starring Anne Baxter and Jeff Chandler. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
18 Apr 14
p. 253.
Motog
25 Sep 15
p. 630.
MPN
12 Feb 16
p. 825.
MPW
18 Apr 14
p. 336, 428.
MPW
25 Jul 14
p. 624.
NYDM
25 Mar 14
p 30.
NYDM
1 Apr 14
p. 32.
NYDM
15 Apr 14
p 31.
NYDM
29 Apr 14
p. 28.
Variety
17 Apr 14
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
MUSIC
Mus accompaniment composed by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Spoilers by Rex Beach (New York, 1906) and the play of the same name by Rex Beach and James MacArthur (New York, 11 Mar 1907).
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 April 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Selig Polyscope Co.
Copyright Date:
14 April 1914
Copyright Number:
LP2509
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Roy Glenister and his partner Dextry, owners of the richest mine in Alaska, go to the States during the winter after Glenister has reached an "understanding" with dance hall girl Cherry Malotte. Meanwhile, in Washington, Alex McNamara wants to send corrupt Judge Stillman to Nome to further his scheme to rob all of the mine owners in Alaska of their claims. When the judge becomes ill, he sends his unwitting niece Helen Chester with the important documents to Alaska. On the trip, she meets and is mutually attracted to Glenister. In Alaska, McNamara's scheme is almost accomplished until Glenister and Dextry, with the aid of lawyer Bill Wheaton, precipitate the arrest of the conspirators and the restoration of their claims. The Bronco Kid, who with Cherry had hoped to keep Helen and Glenister apart, turns out to be Helen's long-lost brother. In the end, Helen and Glenister confess their love for each ... +


Roy Glenister and his partner Dextry, owners of the richest mine in Alaska, go to the States during the winter after Glenister has reached an "understanding" with dance hall girl Cherry Malotte. Meanwhile, in Washington, Alex McNamara wants to send corrupt Judge Stillman to Nome to further his scheme to rob all of the mine owners in Alaska of their claims. When the judge becomes ill, he sends his unwitting niece Helen Chester with the important documents to Alaska. On the trip, she meets and is mutually attracted to Glenister. In Alaska, McNamara's scheme is almost accomplished until Glenister and Dextry, with the aid of lawyer Bill Wheaton, precipitate the arrest of the conspirators and the restoration of their claims. The Bronco Kid, who with Cherry had hoped to keep Helen and Glenister apart, turns out to be Helen's long-lost brother. In the end, Helen and Glenister confess their love for each other. +

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