The New Klondike
|The New Klondike|
|Directed by||Lewis Milestone|
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
|Written by||Thomas J. Geraghty
J. Clarkson Miller
|Screenplay by||Ring Lardner|
|Based on||The New Klondike
by Peggy Griffith
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||80 minutes
The New Klondike is a 1926 black-and-white silent romantic comedy sports drama film directed by Lewis Milestone for Famous Players-Lasky. The film was set against the backdrop of the Florida land boom of the 1920s, and stands as Ben Hecht's first film assignment.
Partly filmed on location in Miami, the film is based upon a short story by Ring Lardner and was inspired by both the national baseball craze and the Florida land boom speculation of 1925. The film itself then inspired the 1926 Peggy Griffith novel The New Klondike – A Story of a Southern Baseball Training Camp. The film proved successful enough to secure Thomas Meighan a long-term acting contract with Paramount.
Small-town pitcher Thomas Kelly (Thomas Meighan) is sent to Spring training with a minor league baseball team in Florida, but is fired by its jealous manager, Joe Cooley (Jack W. Johnston). Kelly is then talked into being the celebrity endorser for a Florida real estate firm, and his former teammates invest money in the firm through him. Still jealous of Kelly's popularity, Cooley conspires with crooked broker Morgan West (Robert Craig) to sell Kelly and the investors some worthless swampland. Kelly and his friends lose their money, but Kelly struggles to recoup the losses. He eventually makes a fortune, repays the investors, and is himself appointed team manager in place of Cooley.
- Thomas Meighan as Tom Kelly
- Lila Lee as Evelyn Lane
- Paul Kelly as Bing Allen
- Tefft Johnson as Col. Dwyer
- Hallie Manning as Flamingo Applegate
- Robert W. Craig as Morgan West
- George De Carlton as Owen
- Jack W. Johnston as Joe Cooley
- Brenda Lane as Bird Dog
- Danny Hayes as The Spieler
The New York Times wrote, "The wild scramble for Florida real estate is served up in a fairly humorous light in Thomas Meighan's latest production, 'The New Klondike,' which is Thomas J. Geraghty's adaptation of a special story by Ring Lardner." They noted that the film was predictable and not overburdened with suspense, but that the film did provide "several amusing incidents concerned with the activities of the realtors and their victims."
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