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This film was re-issued in 1918 by W. H. Productions under the title The Hell-Hound of Alaska . Plot synopses of the 1918 re-release differ in several aspects from those of the 1915 release. Modern sources include in the cast Milton Ross (Mr. Wells) and Roy Laidlaw (Mr. Sturgess, Sr.). One modern source also states that Clifford Smith was the film's co-director with Hart and that J. G. Hawks was the scenario ... More Less

This film was re-issued in 1918 by W. H. Productions under the title The Hell-Hound of Alaska . Plot synopses of the 1918 re-release differ in several aspects from those of the 1915 release. Modern sources include in the cast Milton Ross (Mr. Wells) and Roy Laidlaw (Mr. Sturgess, Sr.). One modern source also states that Clifford Smith was the film's co-director with Hart and that J. G. Hawks was the scenario writer. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
12 Jun 1915
p. 967, 991
MPN
13 Mar 1915
p. 46.
MPN
10 Apr 1915
p. 43.
MPN
11 Jul 1914
p. 284.
MPN
18 May 1918
p. 3001.
MPW
29 May 1915
p. 1389.
MPW
5 Jun 1915
pp. 1605-06, 1686
MPW
4 May 1918
p. 752.
MPW
25 May 1918
p. 1187.
Variety
11 Jun 1915
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
DETAILS
Release Date:
31 May 1915
Copyright Claimant:
New York Motion Picture Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 May 1915
Copyright Number:
LP5426
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jack Sturgess' father threatens to disinherit him if he does not marry Ruth Wells, a shop girl whom he has made pregnant. Jack then leaves the East and settles in Alaska, where he meets and marries Ruby McGraw. Soon after the wedding, Jack begins to see other women, neglecting his young wife, and one stormy evening, she finds him drunk by the side of the road. Ruby contracts pneumonia, but Jack only pretends to go to find the doctor, knowing that he will be a free man if his wife dies. Yukon Ed, a prospector who is in love with Ruby, discovers that she is near death, but by the time he returns with the doctor, it is too late. Ed finds Jack and sends him to join Ruby on her journey down "the darkening ... +


Jack Sturgess' father threatens to disinherit him if he does not marry Ruth Wells, a shop girl whom he has made pregnant. Jack then leaves the East and settles in Alaska, where he meets and marries Ruby McGraw. Soon after the wedding, Jack begins to see other women, neglecting his young wife, and one stormy evening, she finds him drunk by the side of the road. Ruby contracts pneumonia, but Jack only pretends to go to find the doctor, knowing that he will be a free man if his wife dies. Yukon Ed, a prospector who is in love with Ruby, discovers that she is near death, but by the time he returns with the doctor, it is too late. Ed finds Jack and sends him to join Ruby on her journey down "the darkening trail." +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Northwest


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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