Frozen Justice

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Frozen Justice
Directed by Allan Dwan
Written by Sonya Levien (scenario)
Owen Davis (additional dialogue)
Based on Norden For Lov og Ret 
by Ejnar Mikkelsen
Starring Lenore Ulric
Music by Arthur Kay
Cinematography Harold Rosson
Charles G. Clarke (2nd unit)
Edited by Harold Schuster
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date(s)
  • October 25, 1929 (1929-10-25)
Running time 73 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Frozen Justice is a 1929 American partially sound drama film with a synchronized soundtrack featuring music and sound effects directed by Allan Dwan.[1] The picture starred Lenore Ulric in her first sound film and is based the 1920 novel, Norden For Lov og Ret, by Ejnar Mikkelsen. A shorter, silent version of the film was also released.[2] The film was set in Nome, Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898 and 1899.[3]

Both versions are now presumed lost.[2] One frame of the film still exists and is preserved at the Library of Congress.[3]

Cast[edit]

  • Lenore Ulric - Talu
  • Robert Frazer - Lanak
  • Louis Wolheim - Duke
  • Ullrich Haupt - Captain Jones
  • Laska Winter - Doulgamana
  • El Brendel - 'Swede'
  • Tom Patricola - 'Dancer'
  • Alice Lake - 'Little Casino'
  • Gertrude Astor - 'Moosehide' Kate
  • Adele Windsor - Boston School ma'am
  • Neyneen Farrell - 'Yukon' Lucy
  • Warren Hymer - The Bartender
  • Lou Morrison - The Proprietor
  • Charles Judels - The French Sailor
  • Joe Rochay - The Jewish Character
  • Meyers Sisters - The Harmony Duo
  • George MacFarlane - The Singer
  • Landers Stevens - Mate Moore
  • James Spencer - The Medicine Man
  • Arthur Stone - 'French' Pete
  • Jack Ackroyd - 'English' Eddie
  • Gertrude Chorre - Talu's Mother

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. While critics praised the scenery and atmosphere, most felt the story was weak. The critic for the New York Herald Tribune felt the story was "chiefly deficient" while Variety called the film "moderately good".[3]

The film premiered at the Roxy Theatre in New York City on October 25, 1929. The film's star, Lenore Ulric, and director Allan Dwan made a personal appearance at the premiere. Four days later, the stock market crashed which affected audience turnout as celebratory films about the gold rush were less of a draw.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lombardi, Frederic (2013). Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios. McFarland. p. 173. ISBN 0-786-43485-6. 
  2. ^ a b Frozen Justice at silentera.com
  3. ^ a b c d Lombardi 2013 p.174

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