The Barrier (1937)

93 mins | Drama | 12 November 1937

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HISTORY

The title card for this film reads: "Rex Beach's The Barrier ." The film was shot on location at Mount Baker National Park, WA. According to a MPH "Pictorial Preview" article about this film, it "does not include a single process shot." The article also states that producer Harry Sherman had hoped for seven years to make this film. In a location news item in HR , Jack Vorshell is listed as production manager and Joseph Pickle as assistant director. "Joseph Pickle" was apparently a nickname for Joe Dill. A 16 Feb 1937 news item in HR announced the departure the following week of Harry Sherman, Eugene Strong and Edward Ludwig (who was then set to direct) for location shooting in Alaska, although the location and production schedule later changed. Earlier versions of The Barrier include the 1917 Rex Beach Pictures Co. film, directed by Edgar Lewis and starring Russell Simpson and Mabel Julienne Scott and the 1926 M-G-M film, directed by George Hill and starring Norman Kerry, Henry B. Walthall, Lionel Barrymore and Marceline Day (see ... More Less

The title card for this film reads: "Rex Beach's The Barrier ." The film was shot on location at Mount Baker National Park, WA. According to a MPH "Pictorial Preview" article about this film, it "does not include a single process shot." The article also states that producer Harry Sherman had hoped for seven years to make this film. In a location news item in HR , Jack Vorshell is listed as production manager and Joseph Pickle as assistant director. "Joseph Pickle" was apparently a nickname for Joe Dill. A 16 Feb 1937 news item in HR announced the departure the following week of Harry Sherman, Eugene Strong and Edward Ludwig (who was then set to direct) for location shooting in Alaska, although the location and production schedule later changed. Earlier versions of The Barrier include the 1917 Rex Beach Pictures Co. film, directed by Edgar Lewis and starring Russell Simpson and Mabel Julienne Scott and the 1926 M-G-M film, directed by George Hill and starring Norman Kerry, Henry B. Walthall, Lionel Barrymore and Marceline Day (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Oct 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 37
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 37
p. 3, 14
Hollywood Reporter
28 Oct 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
29 Oct 37
p. 13.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Sep 37
pp. 14-15.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Nov 37
p. 36.
New York Times
27 Nov 37
p. 21.
Variety
3 Nov 37
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Add'l seq
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Operative cam
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orig mus
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Spec prop
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Barrier by Rex Beach (New York, 1908).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Moonlit Paradise" and "Song of the Wild," words and music by Jack Stern and Harry Tobias.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Rex Beach's The Barrier
Release Date:
12 November 1937
Production Date:
early July--early August 1937 at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 November 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7581
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Wide Range System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
93
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3751
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the 1890s, among the residents of Flambeau, Alaska, a small mining town near the Canadian border, are gold prospectors John Gale and "No Creek" Lee (the only man in town who doesn't have a creek named after him), and a big-hearted, singing French fur trapper named Poleon Doret. Gale lives with an Indian woman, Alluna, and a young woman, Necia, whom he calls his daughter. In reality, she is the daughter of another Indian, Merridy, a woman Gale had loved, but who married another man, Bennett, who mistreated her. When Necia was three, Merridy summoned Gale for help and asked him to take care of Necia while she confronted Bennett about his abuse. Although Merridy planned to join Gale and Necia, she never came, and Gale was charged with kidnapping and murder. To save the child, Gale changed her name to Necia and became an outlaw. When the U.S. Army, led by Lieutenant Burrell, sets up a post in Flambeau, the town booms. Among the newcomers is Bennett, who is using the alias of Stark. He has been tracking Gale for fifteen years and plans to have him arrested and to steal Necia from him. Although Poleon, who has grown up with Necia, is deeply in love with her, she falls in love with Burrell. Alluna warns her that a white man will never marry a "half-breed," after which Necia confronts Burrell, who intimates that their parting would be the best thing for her. In a state of grief, Necia wanders off alone in the woods and Stark follows, sending her down the river to a mission. Meanwhile, in town, ... +


In the 1890s, among the residents of Flambeau, Alaska, a small mining town near the Canadian border, are gold prospectors John Gale and "No Creek" Lee (the only man in town who doesn't have a creek named after him), and a big-hearted, singing French fur trapper named Poleon Doret. Gale lives with an Indian woman, Alluna, and a young woman, Necia, whom he calls his daughter. In reality, she is the daughter of another Indian, Merridy, a woman Gale had loved, but who married another man, Bennett, who mistreated her. When Necia was three, Merridy summoned Gale for help and asked him to take care of Necia while she confronted Bennett about his abuse. Although Merridy planned to join Gale and Necia, she never came, and Gale was charged with kidnapping and murder. To save the child, Gale changed her name to Necia and became an outlaw. When the U.S. Army, led by Lieutenant Burrell, sets up a post in Flambeau, the town booms. Among the newcomers is Bennett, who is using the alias of Stark. He has been tracking Gale for fifteen years and plans to have him arrested and to steal Necia from him. Although Poleon, who has grown up with Necia, is deeply in love with her, she falls in love with Burrell. Alluna warns her that a white man will never marry a "half-breed," after which Necia confronts Burrell, who intimates that their parting would be the best thing for her. In a state of grief, Necia wanders off alone in the woods and Stark follows, sending her down the river to a mission. Meanwhile, in town, Gale has decided to confess all to Burrell in order to secure Necia's future with him. When Stark orders Burrell to arrest Gale, Gale confronts Stark and both men are wounded. As Stark lays dying, he tells Gale he has "Merridy," and Poleon runs to the river to rescue Necia. He arrives in time to stop her from being accosted by her oarsman. Burrell gets a signed confession about Merridy's murder from Stark before he dies, and the Miners Committee clears Gale of blame in Stark's death. Poleon gallantly gives up Necia to Burrell and leaves Flambeau singing in a canoe. +

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