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The Silver Horde
Director: George Archainbaud (Dir)
Release Date:   25 Oct 1930
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 24 Oct 1930
Duration (in mins):   75
Duration (in feet):   6,735
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Evelyn Brent (Cherry Malotte)  
    Louis Wolheim (George Balt)  
    Joel McCrea (Boyd Emerson)  
    Raymond Hatton (Fraser)  
    Jean Arthur (Mildred Wayland)  
    Gavin Gordon (Fred Marsh)  
    Blanche Sweet (Queenie)  
    Purnell Pratt (Wayne Wayland)  
    William Davidson (Thomas Hilliard)  
    Ivan Linow (Svenson)  

Summary: Boyd Emerson and Fraser drive their dog team into the Alaskan fishing village of Kalvik to find it is dominated by the brutal Balt, whom Boyd thrashes. Cherry Malotte, a notorious dancehall girl, puts an end to the argument and offers them hospitality, telling them of Marsh, a ruthless exploiter, who will permit no outsiders to settle there. Cherry, developing a copper lode, takes Boyd into partnership, having fallen in love with him, and schemes to stake him through Tom Hilliard, a Seattle banker, planning to refinance Balt's fishery and compete with Marsh. Boyd, Fraser, and Balt leave for Seattle, where Boyd calls on Mildred Wayland, his sweetheart, who is promised to Marsh. Boyd secures financial aid, but Marsh stops his credit. Cherry, however, comes to his aid, and with the salmon industry in Salvik in full swing, Boyd comes into conflict with Marsh. Fishing fleets meet in hand-to-hand battle, and Marsh is beaten; he seeks revenge by slandering Cherry, but Boyd counters with Queenie, a discarded old flame. Balt takes revenge on Marsh, strangling him, and Boyd and Mildred are united in love. 

Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.  
Director: George Archainbaud (Dir)
  Thomas Atkins (Asst dir)
Producer: William Le Baron (Prod)
  William Sistrom (Assoc prod)
Writer: Wallace Smith (Scr)
  Wallace Smith (Dial)
Photography: Leo Tover (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Max Rée (Art dir)
Film Editor: Otto Ludwig (Film ed)
Sound: Clem Portman (Rec eng)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the novel The Silver Horde by Rex Beach (New York, 1909).
Authors: Rex Beach

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. 25/10/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1678

Physical Properties: Sd: RCa Photophone

Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Northwest
Subjects (Major): Alaska
  Copper mines
  Dance hall girls
  Fishing villages
  Seattle (WA)

Note: An earlier adaptation of Rex Beach's novel was released by Goldwyn Pictures in 1920. Also entitled The Silver Horde , that film was directed by Frank Lloyd and starred Myrtle Stedman and Curtis Cooksey (see entry above). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   26 Oct 1930   p. 10.
New York Times   25 Oct 1930   p. 20.
Time   10 Nov 1930   p. 68.
Variety   29 Oct 1930   p. 27.

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