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James Oliver Curwood's novel previously served as the source for a 1920 silent film, The River's End , produced and directed by Marshall Neilan and starring Lewis Stone and Marjorie Daw. Warner Bros. produced another adaptaion in 1940, River's End , directed by Ray Enright and starring Dennis Morgan and Elizabeth Earl (see ... More Less

James Oliver Curwood's novel previously served as the source for a 1920 silent film, The River's End , produced and directed by Marshall Neilan and starring Lewis Stone and Marjorie Daw. Warner Bros. produced another adaptaion in 1940, River's End , directed by Ray Enright and starring Dennis Morgan and Elizabeth Earl (see entries). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
15 Mar 1931.
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New York Times
7 Mar 1931
p. 17.
Variety
11 Mar 1931
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Warner Bros., Inc./Vitaphone Talking Picture
A Warner Bros., Inc./Vitaphone Talking Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
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DIRECTOR
WRITER
Scr and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
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MUSIC
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Vitaphone Orchestra conducted by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel River's End: A New Story of God's Country by James Oliver Curwood (New York, 1919).
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 November 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 October 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1682
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74
Length(in feet):
6,774
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sgt. "Connie" Conniston and his alcoholic guide, Pat O'Toole, arrive in the Far North in search of John Keith, who is wanted for murdering a judge. They capture Keith, who has holed up in a ship stranded in the ice, but on their treacherous return on dogsled Connie becomes gravely ill with frozen lung disease. Deciding to escape, Keith leaves the delirious Connie on the trail with Pat, who was wounded in the leg during Keith's capture. Pat urges Keith, who he feels is a good man, not to leave them, but he takes off on the sled. Soon after leaving the two men, though, Keith has a change of heart and returns. He then takes them to his cabin and cares for them. During their stay, Keith reveals to Pat that he is innocent of the charges against him, and Pat believes him. When Connie dies, Pat suggests that, because Keith bears an uncanny resemblance to Connie, he should pretend to be the Mountie. Keith reluctantly agrees, and is tutored by Pat. After departing for the closest post, Keith is accepted by the remote officer, Shotwell, to whom he reports that "Keith" died on the trail. He then takes off for headquarters, where Inspector McDowell also accepts Keith as Connie, but expresses the feeling that he has changed after his ordeal. McDowell also reveals that, while Connie was away, Keith had been exonerated of murder. McDowell encourages him to see his daughter Miriam, called Mimi, whom Connie had been courting. Unknown to Keith, Mimi was not in love with the cold and unbending Connie, and is about the accept the proposal of Connie's rival, ... +


Sgt. "Connie" Conniston and his alcoholic guide, Pat O'Toole, arrive in the Far North in search of John Keith, who is wanted for murdering a judge. They capture Keith, who has holed up in a ship stranded in the ice, but on their treacherous return on dogsled Connie becomes gravely ill with frozen lung disease. Deciding to escape, Keith leaves the delirious Connie on the trail with Pat, who was wounded in the leg during Keith's capture. Pat urges Keith, who he feels is a good man, not to leave them, but he takes off on the sled. Soon after leaving the two men, though, Keith has a change of heart and returns. He then takes them to his cabin and cares for them. During their stay, Keith reveals to Pat that he is innocent of the charges against him, and Pat believes him. When Connie dies, Pat suggests that, because Keith bears an uncanny resemblance to Connie, he should pretend to be the Mountie. Keith reluctantly agrees, and is tutored by Pat. After departing for the closest post, Keith is accepted by the remote officer, Shotwell, to whom he reports that "Keith" died on the trail. He then takes off for headquarters, where Inspector McDowell also accepts Keith as Connie, but expresses the feeling that he has changed after his ordeal. McDowell also reveals that, while Connie was away, Keith had been exonerated of murder. McDowell encourages him to see his daughter Miriam, called Mimi, whom Connie had been courting. Unknown to Keith, Mimi was not in love with the cold and unbending Connie, and is about the accept the proposal of Connie's rival, Sgt. Martin. When she sees Keith, though, she is taken aback by the change in “Connie” and starts to fall in love. Everyone seems convinced that Keith is Connie, except for Martin, who is jealous and suspicious, and Mickey, Pat's son, who had hero worshipped Connie. Although Keith had planned to leave the fort immediately, because he is smitten with Mimi, he decides to stay. Soon Mickey reveals to Keith that he knows he is a fraud, but Keith tells him the truth of what happened and promises that Pat will confirm the story as soon as the snow melts and he can return from the northern outpost. Meanwhile, Martin decides to write his solicitor in London to see if he can find information that will help him. In April, Keith and Mimi are deeply in love and plan to marry as soon as Pat arrives to act as best man. When the coach arrives from the north, though, they learn that Pat has died. On the same coach, Martin receives a letter from his London solicitor informing him that Connie was married and had a child in London. While Martin informs McDowell, Keith is forced to tell Mimi the truth. When McDowell, who still thinks that Keith is Connie, arrives, he orders him to leave, but tells him to take the back way so that the Mounties will not humiliate Mimi by making him run the gauntlet. Keith refuses to run away, and submits to the taunts and physical assaults of the Mounties. When the bugle sounds for the men to stop, only Mickey, who has grown to admire Keith, helps him return to his room. Mickey knows that his father is dead and decides to go away with Keith. Despondent over losing Mimi, but feeling that he cannot submit her to a life of disgrace, Keith boards a steamer with Mickey. Just before the ship leaves the dock, Mimi rushes onboard, and the three leave to start their lives together. +

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