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The Spell of the Yukon
Director: Burton King (Dir)
Release Date:   15 May 1916
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Edmund Breese (Jim Carson)  
    Arthur Hoops (Albert Temple)  
    Christine Mayo (Helen Temple)  
    Billy Sherwood (Bob Adams)  
    Evelyn Brent (Dorothy Temple)  
    Frank McArthur (Megar)  
    Joseph S. Chailee (Rusty)  
    Jacques Suzanne (Billy Denny)  
    Mary Reed (Yukon Kate)  
    Harry Moreville (Ike Boring)  
    Baby Volare (Bob Adams as a baby)  
    Claire Lillian Barry    

Summary: By forcing Jim Carson to leave town in order to avoid a trumped-up embezzling charge, Albert Temple gets rid of his only serious rival for Helen, whom he soon marries. Jim goes to Alaska, where he adopts Bob Adams, the son of a murdered friend, and then makes a fortune in a gold strike. After eighteen years in the Yukon, Jim returns to his hometown with Bob, who falls in love with Helen and Albert's daughter Dorothy. Because he so hates Albert, however, Jim refuses to consent to a marriage between Bob and Dorothy until Helen tells him that Albert is not the young woman's father. In reality, Dorothy is Jim's own daughter, and when he learns this, Jim quickly changes his mind about the marriage. 

Production Company: Popular Plays and Players, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Metro Pictures Corp.  
Director: Burton King (Dir)
  Dale Hanshaw (Asst dir)
Writer: Wallace C. Clifton (Scen)
  Aaron Hoffman (Story)
Photography: Leo Bergman (Cam)
Country: United States

Source Text: Inspired by the poem "The Spell of the Yukon" by Robert Service in Songs of a Sourdough (Toronto, 1907).
Authors: Robert Service

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Popular Plays and Players, Inc. 24/5/1916 dd/mm/yyyy LP8342

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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Adoption
  Alaska
  Parentage
  Prospectors
  Rivalry
  Yukon Territory
 
Subjects (Minor): Embezzlement
  Frame-ups
  Gold
  Illegitimacy

Note: Var gives Aaron Hoffman scenario credit. The collected poems were re-issued in 1907 as The Spell of the Yukon

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
MPN   24 Jun 16   p. 3930.
Variety   12 May 16   p. 20.
Wid's   25 May 16   p. 598.
  8 Apr 16   p. 281.

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