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The Viking (1928)

Vikings compete for power and the love of a woman.

Director:

Roy William Neill (as R. William Neill)

Writers:

Jack Cunningham (screen play), Ottilie A. Liljencrantz (based on the novel by: "The Thrall of Leif the Lucky")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald Crisp ... Leif Ericsson
Pauline Starke ... Helga Nilsson
LeRoy Mason ... Alwin
Anders Randolf ... Eric the Red (as Anders Randolph)
Richard Alexander ... Sigurd
Harry Woods ... Egil (as Harry Lewis Woods)
Albert MacQuarrie Albert MacQuarrie ... Kark
Roy Stewart ... King Olaf
Torben Meyer ... Odd
Claire McDowell ... Lady Editha (as Claire MacDowell)
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Thorhild
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Storyline

Yes, it's true, an all color silent movie! The title refers to Leif Ericsson, who leaves Norway to search for new lands west of Greenland. On the way he vies for the love of Helga with his companion Egil and Alwin, an English slave. More conflict arises when he stops at the colony of his father (Eric the Red) in Greenland, for Leif has converted to Christianity, which his father hates. He also has to deal with the unrest of his crew, who fear falling off the edge of the Earth. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@vvm.com>

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Taglines:

A marvel to behold-the most beautiful picture ever brought to the screen- a thousand thrills entirely in living color and sound (Print Ad- Granby Leader-Mail, ((Granby PQ)) 13 December 1929) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Teufel der Nordsee See more »

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Budget:

$325,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Technicolor See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent (music score and sound effects)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Although released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, this was actually produced by the Technicolor company to demonstrate their new two strip Technicolor process in a feature length film. Producer Herbert T. Kalmus was the co-founder and president of the Technicolor company and is credited with inventing the Technicolor process. See more »

Goofs

Viking women did not shave their underarms, nor wear the strapless bustiers shown in the film. See more »

Quotes

Helga: Get down! Horses are not for slaves!
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Crazy Credits

The title card bills the three stars in the order Pauline Starke [top billing], Donald Crisp [second billing], and Le Roy Mason [third billing]. But the opening credits end with "The Players" listed in the order: first "Leif Erickson ... Donald Crisp," second "Helga . . . Pauline Starke, third "Alwin . . . Le Roy Mason," etc. The characters appear on screen in the order Alwin, Helga, and Leif Erickson. See more »

Soundtracks

Die Walküre
(1870) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Excerpts incorporated into the score
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Amazingly good use of early Technicolor in 1928...
22 November 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

THE VIKING is a film I happened to come upon on TCM the other night, immediately recognizing DONALD CRISP as Leif Ericsson. I was very impressed with the female lead, PAULINE STARKE as Helga, whose lovely face, high cheekbones and steady gaze withstood all those color closeups in fine style. She also happened to be well cast at the headstrong heroine who takes a wealthy nobleman for her slave.

But what really amazed me is the quality of the Technicolor photography, at least ten years before Hollywood was making use of color photography in some of its major films.

The TCM print featured some incidental sound effects and background music. At times, I forgot I was watching a silent film and the use of title cards was minimal.

Well worth watching as a curiosity, but not for historical accuracy.


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