The North Wind's Malice (1920)

Drama | August 1920

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HISTORY

Some scenes in this film were shot at Port Henry, NY, on the shore of Lake Champlain, and in Pittsburgh, PA. Two Curtiss airplanes, piloted by Charles Tatem and William Kelly, were used at Port Henry to blow the snow used in the blizzard scenes. One contemporary source lists Roy Vaughan as Edward Vaughan. The film had its premiere in Detroit the week of 8 Aug 1920. Reviewers praised the performances of Vera Gordon and William H. Strauss as the Jewish storekeeper and his wife. Wid's stated, "they practically walk away with the picture and the audience is uneasy until they appear again." NYMT noted, "In this merry theatrical and cinema year there is no surer fire ammunition than the introduction of a couple of Jewish characters -- sympathetically and humanly presented. Vera Gordon and William H. Strauss give the outstanding performances in The North Wind's Malice . A touch of our own New York throws into obscurity all the virile, red-blooded heroes of the North." According to some reviews, the Jewish couple also go to Alaska and find gold, but their claim is disputed by Harkness. At the end, however, their rights are secured. The mine turns out to be worth a fortune, and Roger is saved from starvation, along with his wife and daughter, because of the ... More Less

Some scenes in this film were shot at Port Henry, NY, on the shore of Lake Champlain, and in Pittsburgh, PA. Two Curtiss airplanes, piloted by Charles Tatem and William Kelly, were used at Port Henry to blow the snow used in the blizzard scenes. One contemporary source lists Roy Vaughan as Edward Vaughan. The film had its premiere in Detroit the week of 8 Aug 1920. Reviewers praised the performances of Vera Gordon and William H. Strauss as the Jewish storekeeper and his wife. Wid's stated, "they practically walk away with the picture and the audience is uneasy until they appear again." NYMT noted, "In this merry theatrical and cinema year there is no surer fire ammunition than the introduction of a couple of Jewish characters -- sympathetically and humanly presented. Vera Gordon and William H. Strauss give the outstanding performances in The North Wind's Malice . A touch of our own New York throws into obscurity all the virile, red-blooded heroes of the North." According to some reviews, the Jewish couple also go to Alaska and find gold, but their claim is disputed by Harkness. At the end, however, their rights are secured. The mine turns out to be worth a fortune, and Roger is saved from starvation, along with his wife and daughter, because of the mine. More Less

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DATE
PAGE
ETR
30 Oct 20
p. 2279.
MPN
20 Mar 20
p. 2728.
MPN
28 Aug 20
p. 1704.
MPN
9 Oct 20
p. 2762.
MPN
30 Oct 20
p. 3445.
MPW
21 Aug 20
p. 1068.
New York Morning Telegraph
21 Oct 1920.
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New York Times
18 Oct 20
p. 13.
NYR
23 Oct 1920.
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Wid's
24 Oct 20
p. 15.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "The North Wind's Malice" by Rex Beach in Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories (New York, 1917).
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Release Date:
August 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Rex Beach
Copyright Date:
7 August 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15434
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,275
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Lois Folsom's continual complaints about her husband Roger's sloppiness finally drive him out of the house, Lois seeks solace in the company of their friend, Henry Carter. Roger's brother Tom, angry at Lois because of her interference in his courtship of Dorothy Halstead, the ward of Jewish storekeeper Abe Guth, informs his brother that Lois has kissed Carter. This knowledge propels him to accept Jack Harkness' invitation to join in a gold mining expedition of Arctic City in Alaska. Unaware that his wife is pregnant, Roger leaves, and Lois, who is now desperate, accepts Carter's care. In the meantime, the Guth's store is destroyed by fire and Tom sustains the family by stealing food, but is jailed for his efforts. After Lois' baby is born, Carter ventures North to inform Roger. After an initial confrontation between the two men, Roger returns to his wife and frees Tom from jail. Tom, realizing the damage that his lies have caused, confesses his deceit and wins Dorothy's ... +


When Lois Folsom's continual complaints about her husband Roger's sloppiness finally drive him out of the house, Lois seeks solace in the company of their friend, Henry Carter. Roger's brother Tom, angry at Lois because of her interference in his courtship of Dorothy Halstead, the ward of Jewish storekeeper Abe Guth, informs his brother that Lois has kissed Carter. This knowledge propels him to accept Jack Harkness' invitation to join in a gold mining expedition of Arctic City in Alaska. Unaware that his wife is pregnant, Roger leaves, and Lois, who is now desperate, accepts Carter's care. In the meantime, the Guth's store is destroyed by fire and Tom sustains the family by stealing food, but is jailed for his efforts. After Lois' baby is born, Carter ventures North to inform Roger. After an initial confrontation between the two men, Roger returns to his wife and frees Tom from jail. Tom, realizing the damage that his lies have caused, confesses his deceit and wins Dorothy's heart. +

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