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Back to God's Country (1919)

A woman finds herself all alone in a remote harbor with the man responsible for the murder of her father. With seemingly nobody around to protect her, she has to be resourceful.

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David Hartford (as David M. Hartford)

Writers:

James Oliver Curwood (by), James Oliver Curwood (adopted from his novel "Wapi the Walrus" in Good Housekeeping Magazine) (as Mr. Curwood)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nell Shipman ... Dolores LeBeau
Charles Arling ... 'Sealskin' Blake
Wheeler Oakman ... Peter Burke
Wellington A. Playter Wellington A. Playter ... Capt. Rydal (as Wellington Plater)
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After her father is killed by an outlaw, Dolores marries Peter. While they're at sea in the Arctic, Dolores meets the ship's captain, who is the man who killed her father. The captain causes an 'accident' to happen to Peter, so Dolores is all alone and defenseless as they drop anchor in a remote harbor. Written by David Eickemeyer <deickemeyer@hotmail.com>

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16 Kinds of Wild Animals Play a unique part in the story. greatest dog sledge race and dog fight ever! Scenes actually taken inside the rim of the Arctic Circle (Print Ad-San Diego Union, ((San Diego, Calif.)) 23 November 1919) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

Canada

Release Date:

27 October 1919 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Il ritorno al paradiso terrestre See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$67,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Critically ill, lead actor Ronald Byram left the shoot during the first two weeks and was replaced by Wheeler Oakman. It is probable that it is Byram in the close-ups in the sledge in the final chase scenes. Roy Laidlaw is frequently but erroneously referred to as Ralph Laidlaw in the trade press of the time. Edna Shipman did not act in this film as is sometimes claimed. The film opened at the Strand Theater in Owosso, Michigan, where it played for three days. Canadian Photoplays Ltd. was a Calgary-based company incorporated 7 February 1919 under the laws of Alberta. Shipman-Curwood Company was later called Curwood-Carver Productions Inc. See more »

Quotes

Captain Rydal: [titlecard] After a night of evil dreams Rydal's smoldering desire leaps into flame.
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Version of Back to God's Country (1953) See more »

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Back to God's Country
Words by Paul M. Sarazan and Jack B. Weil
Music by Paul M. Sarazan
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Derivative of Jack London's "arctic" novels, but interesting
11 January 2003 | by fisherforrestSee all my reviews

This story is based loosely on a novel, not by Jack London, but similar to his "White Fang" and "Call of the Wild" in genre. It has been freely adapted to give most exposure to Nell Shipman who even in the flat lighting usual in the 1919 era comes across as a very capable "Jane Alexander" type. The simple story of villainy stemming from single-minded lust is confusingly told. That may be the result, though, of the difficulties of "restoration" of the old film. There are some excellent scenes that evoke the dreadful loneliness of the arctic winters. It's not a great old museum piece, but interesting and worth a watch.


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