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The Test of Donald Norton
Director: B. Reeves Eason (Dir)
Release Date:   1 Mar 1926
Duration (in feet):   6,600
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   George Walsh (Wen-dah-ben, known as Donald Norton)  
    [Frederick] Tyrone Power (John Corrigal)  
    Robert Graves (Dale Millington)  
    Eugenie Gilbert (Lorraine)  
    Evelyn Selbie (Nee-tah-wee-gan)  
    Mickey Moore    
    Virginia True Boardman    
    Jack Dillon    
    Virginia Marshall    

Summary: Wen-dah-ben, halfbreed son of Nee-tah-wee-gan, becomes a protégé of the Layards, who rename him Donald Norton. He grows to manhood under their care and with the companionship of their little girl, Janet, who comes to love him. He becomes manager of a fur-trading post for the Hudson's Bay Company. After a year, he goes to be reassigned, but the new district manager, John Corrigal, though he likes Indians, dislikes Donald. It is only by Layard's plea that Corrigal allows Donald to return to his old post, though under the supervision of another post manager, Dale Millington, who loves Janet. Donald becomes seriously ill that winter, and Millington takes advantage of his absence to impugn Donald's loyalty. Donald is fired by Corrigal, but in the confrontation he becomes convinced that Corrigal is his father. He becomes district manager of a rival concern, causing a decline in the profits of the Hudson's Bay Co. Hearing that his mother has nearly been choked to death, he and Corrigal rush to her side, but she dies before she can clear up the mystery. Millington abducts Janet, but Donald overtakes them and brings them back to the post. Millington tells the story Nee-tah-wee-gan told him--that she had set fire to and burned Corrigal's house and taken his son, John Corrigal, Jr. Corrigal embraces his son and Janet, his daughter-in-law to be. 

Production Company: Chadwick Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Chadwick Pictures Corp.  
Director: B. Reeves Eason (Dir)
Writer: Adele Buffington (Scen)
Photography: Art Reeves (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Source Text: Based on the novel The Test of Donald Norton by Robert E. Pinkerton (Chicago, 1924).
Authors: Robert E. Pinkerton

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Chadwick Pictures Corp. 26/3/1926 dd/mm/yyyy LP22534

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Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Fur traders
  Half-castes
  Hudson Bay Company
  Indians of North America
  Parentage
  Trading posts

Note: The film was copyrighted at 8 reels. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   27 Jun 1926   

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