North of Hudson Bay (1923)

Melodrama | 18 November 1923

Director:

John Ford

Cinematographer:

Daniel B. Clark

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was The Journey of Death, as noted by several sources throughout Feb, Mar, and Apr 1923. A 17 Feb 1923 Motion Picture News brief indicated that principal photography had begun, with cast and crew shooting “in forty feet of snow” at Yosemite Valley, CA. Production then moved to Truckee, CA, before returning to the Fox Film Corporation studios in Los Angeles, CA, in mid-Mar 1923, according to the 24 Mar 1923 Motion Picture News. On 28 Apr 1923, the trade journal reported that filming had ... More Less

The working title of the film was The Journey of Death, as noted by several sources throughout Feb, Mar, and Apr 1923. A 17 Feb 1923 Motion Picture News brief indicated that principal photography had begun, with cast and crew shooting “in forty feet of snow” at Yosemite Valley, CA. Production then moved to Truckee, CA, before returning to the Fox Film Corporation studios in Los Angeles, CA, in mid-Mar 1923, according to the 24 Mar 1923 Motion Picture News. On 28 Apr 1923, the trade journal reported that filming had completed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
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Exhibitors Herald
3 Nov 1923
p. 60.
Motion Picture News
17 Feb 1923.
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Motion Picture News
3 Mar 1923.
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Motion Picture News
24 Mar 1923.
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Motion Picture News
28 Apr 1923.
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Variety
12 Mar 1924.
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LITERARY
Based on the unpublished story "Journey of Death" by Jules Furthman.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Journey of Death
Release Date:
18 November 1923
Production Date:
February--April 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 September 1923
Copyright Number:
LP19470
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,973
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rancher Michael Dane goes to northern Canada to join his brother, Peter, who has struck gold with his partner, Angus McKenzie. En route, Dane meets and falls in love with Estelle McDonald. Arriving at the trading post, Dane discovers that Peter has been murdered. Local authorities accuse McKenzie and summarily sentence him to walk the "death trail," a kind of torture involving starvation and exposure in which the prisoner is made to walk, accompanied by guards, until he dies. Dane becomes an object of the same torture when he tries to help the wrongfully accused man. They both escape, and Dane gets into a terrific fight with a pack of wolves. Estelle follows the group in a canoe, pursued by Cameron McDonald, her uncle, who is the real murderer of Peter Dane. McDonald dies after a thrilling chase over a waterfall, and Dane and Estelle escape to ... +


Rancher Michael Dane goes to northern Canada to join his brother, Peter, who has struck gold with his partner, Angus McKenzie. En route, Dane meets and falls in love with Estelle McDonald. Arriving at the trading post, Dane discovers that Peter has been murdered. Local authorities accuse McKenzie and summarily sentence him to walk the "death trail," a kind of torture involving starvation and exposure in which the prisoner is made to walk, accompanied by guards, until he dies. Dane becomes an object of the same torture when he tries to help the wrongfully accused man. They both escape, and Dane gets into a terrific fight with a pack of wolves. Estelle follows the group in a canoe, pursued by Cameron McDonald, her uncle, who is the real murderer of Peter Dane. McDonald dies after a thrilling chase over a waterfall, and Dane and Estelle escape to civilization. +

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