The River (1929)

84 mins | Romance | 6 October 1929

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writer:

Cinematographer:

Ernest Palmer

Editor:

Barney Wolf

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The 29 Jun 1928 FD announced that director Frank Borsage and actors Charles Farrell and Mary Duncan had begun work on Backwash, the film's working title. This was confirmed by the 11 Aug 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World noted that production began 10 Jun 1928 on what was then being called The River. . ... More Less

The 29 Jun 1928 FD announced that director Frank Borsage and actors Charles Farrell and Mary Duncan had begun work on Backwash, the film's working title. This was confirmed by the 11 Aug 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World noted that production began 10 Jun 1928 on what was then being called The River. . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
11 Aug 1928
p. 77.
Film Daily
29 Jun 1928
p. 6.
Film Daily
30 Dec 1928.
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New York Times
24 Dec 1928
p.11.
New York Times
5 Jan 1929
Sec. VIII, p. 5.
Variety
26 Dec 1928
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial staged by
Dial staged by
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Settings
MUSIC
Mus comp
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The River by Tristram Tupper (Philadelphia, 1928).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Backwash
Release Date:
6 October 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 22 December 1928
Production Date:
began 10 June 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 January 1929
Copyright Number:
LP47
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Talking seq and mus score by Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 8 reels, 7,704 ft.
Duration(in mins):
84
Length(in feet):
6,536
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Allen John Spender, a young and credulous lad, is traveling down the river on his barge when he meets and is captivated by Rosalee, worldly-wise and beautiful. Rosalee, having been the mistress of a man just sent to jail for murder, is stirred by his fresh and ingenuous character, though she has sworn eternal faithfulness to her former lover. Though himself enchanted, Spender plans to continue his wandering ways until the former lover returns and forces the issue. Spender disposes of him, Rosalee recaptures her innocence, and the two find happiness as they resume his journey down the ... +


Allen John Spender, a young and credulous lad, is traveling down the river on his barge when he meets and is captivated by Rosalee, worldly-wise and beautiful. Rosalee, having been the mistress of a man just sent to jail for murder, is stirred by his fresh and ingenuous character, though she has sworn eternal faithfulness to her former lover. Though himself enchanted, Spender plans to continue his wandering ways until the former lover returns and forces the issue. Spender disposes of him, Rosalee recaptures her innocence, and the two find happiness as they resume his journey down the river. +

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Subject (Major):

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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