Isobel; or, the Trail's End (1920)

Drama | December 1920

Director:

Edwin Carewe

Writer:

Finis Fox

Production Company:

George H. Davis
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HISTORY

This film was named Isobel; or, The Trail's End to distinguish it from another Curwood story entitled "The River's ... More Less

This film was named Isobel; or, The Trail's End to distinguish it from another Curwood story entitled "The River's End." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
21 Aug 21
p. 1523.
MPN
6 Nov 20
p. 3552.
MPN
20 Nov 20
p. 3830.
MPN
4 Sep 20
p. 1879.
MPN
4 Dec 20
p. 4339.
MPW
4 Dec 20
p. 645.
New York Times
20 Dec 20
p. 11.
Wid's
5 Dec 20
p. 7.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Isobel: A Romance of the Northern Trail by James Oliver Curwood (New York and London, 1913).
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1920
Copyright Claimant:
George H. Davis
Copyright Date:
23 November 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15900
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In retaliation for an attack upon his wife Isobel, Scottie Dean, a passenger on a whaling ship, throws Captain Jim Blake overboard and, believing that he is responsible for the captain's death, flees to the Northwoods for safety. Assigned to track Dean down, Sergeant William MacVeigh is closing in on his prey when he meets Isobel drawing a sled that allegedly contains her husband's coffin and, taken by her beauty, he inadvertently allows the couple to escape. An enemy of MacVeigh's, Corporal Bucky Smith, insists that the Sergeant has violated his oath and vows to get Dean himself, thus forcing MacVeigh to arrest Dean in order to save Isobel. After he disposes of the Corporal, MacVeigh allows Dean to escape, but later Dean appears at MacVeigh's cabin begging for help for his wife, who is ill in a distant hut. Learning that Blake is not dead, Dean dies and MacVeigh, who is still in love with Isobel, goes to her. Delirious with brain fever, however, she drives him away, accusing him of killing her husband. Years later, after receiving a letter informing him that Isobel has died, MacVeigh travels to Montreal to visit her daughter and there discovers that the woman he loves is alive, and the pair are happily reunited at ... +


In retaliation for an attack upon his wife Isobel, Scottie Dean, a passenger on a whaling ship, throws Captain Jim Blake overboard and, believing that he is responsible for the captain's death, flees to the Northwoods for safety. Assigned to track Dean down, Sergeant William MacVeigh is closing in on his prey when he meets Isobel drawing a sled that allegedly contains her husband's coffin and, taken by her beauty, he inadvertently allows the couple to escape. An enemy of MacVeigh's, Corporal Bucky Smith, insists that the Sergeant has violated his oath and vows to get Dean himself, thus forcing MacVeigh to arrest Dean in order to save Isobel. After he disposes of the Corporal, MacVeigh allows Dean to escape, but later Dean appears at MacVeigh's cabin begging for help for his wife, who is ill in a distant hut. Learning that Blake is not dead, Dean dies and MacVeigh, who is still in love with Isobel, goes to her. Delirious with brain fever, however, she drives him away, accusing him of killing her husband. Years later, after receiving a letter informing him that Isobel has died, MacVeigh travels to Montreal to visit her daughter and there discovers that the woman he loves is alive, and the pair are happily reunited at last. +

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