The Barrier (1926)

Melodrama | 8 March 1926

Director:

George Hill

Writer:

Harvey Gates

Cinematographers:

Ira Morgan, Max Fabian

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The Rex Beach Film Co. produced an adaptation of his novel in 1917. That film was directed by Edgar Lewis and starred Mabel Julienne Scott and Russell Simpson. A later adaptation of The Barrier was released by Paramount in 1937, directed by Lesley Selander and starring Leo Carrillo and Jean Parker (see ... More Less

The Rex Beach Film Co. produced an adaptation of his novel in 1917. That film was directed by Edgar Lewis and starred Mabel Julienne Scott and Russell Simpson. A later adaptation of The Barrier was released by Paramount in 1937, directed by Lesley Selander and starring Leo Carrillo and Jean Parker (see entries). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
4 Apr 1926.
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MPW
3 Apr 1926.
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New York Times
22 Mar 1926
p. 16.
Variety
24 Mar 1926
p. 39.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 March 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 April 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22600
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,480
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During a storm off the coast of Alaska, Bennett, a brutal sea captain, forces his wife to assist his men, and she is fatally hurt in an accident. Seaman Gaylord thereupon agrees to take her child from the influence of its father. Seventeen years later, Gale ( i.e., Gaylord) is a storekeeper at Flambeau, Alaska. He has reared the child, Necia, as his daughter in ignorance of her half-caste parentage. Although she is loved by Poleon Doret, a half-breed, she falls under the influence of Lieut. Meade Burrell, a Virginia aristocrat stationed in the North. When Bennett's ship comes into the port, he reveals the truth about the girl's parentage, and Burrell is stunned. Necia resolves to leave with her brutish father without seeing Meade again. When their ship is ice-jammed, the crew deserts, but Burrell arrives over the ice, leaves the captain unconscious, and rescues Necia; Bennett is destroyed in an ice floe, and the lovers are happily ... +


During a storm off the coast of Alaska, Bennett, a brutal sea captain, forces his wife to assist his men, and she is fatally hurt in an accident. Seaman Gaylord thereupon agrees to take her child from the influence of its father. Seventeen years later, Gale ( i.e., Gaylord) is a storekeeper at Flambeau, Alaska. He has reared the child, Necia, as his daughter in ignorance of her half-caste parentage. Although she is loved by Poleon Doret, a half-breed, she falls under the influence of Lieut. Meade Burrell, a Virginia aristocrat stationed in the North. When Bennett's ship comes into the port, he reveals the truth about the girl's parentage, and Burrell is stunned. Necia resolves to leave with her brutish father without seeing Meade again. When their ship is ice-jammed, the crew deserts, but Burrell arrives over the ice, leaves the captain unconscious, and rescues Necia; Bennett is destroyed in an ice floe, and the lovers are happily united. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Northwest


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