Clash of the Wolves
|Clash of the Wolves|
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|Directed by||Noel M. Smith|
|Written by||Charles Logue|
|Story by||Charles Logue|
|Starring||Rin Tin Tin
|Cinematography||Edwin B. DuPar
|Edited by||Clarence Kolster|
|Distributed by||Warner Brothers|
Clash of the Wolves is a 1925 American silent film produced and distributed by Warner Brothers. It is an extant film and stars canine actor Rin Tin Tin, Charles Farrell and June Marlowe. It was filmed on location in Chatsworth, California, at what would later become the Joshua Tree National Park. In 2004, Clash of the Wolves was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. At the Library it exists in its full version and an abridged version.
Lobo, wolfdog leader of a wolf pack, has a price on his head. One day suffering from a thorn in his paw, he is found by Dave, a borax prospector and befriended. The animal returns love and loyalty. Later Lobo saves Dave from attacks of a scheming villain, who has designs on Dave's claim. Once again the villain attacks the young prospector and leaves him for dead on the site of the claim. Lobo arrives and Dave sends him with a message to town for help. In the meantime a posse is hunting Lobo, but he manages to escape them and at the same time, decoy them to Dave. There, they learn that Lobo is man's best friend.
- Exhibitors Trade Review (1925)
- Rin Tin Tin - Lobo
- Nanette - Lobo's Mate
- Charles Farrell - Dave Weston
- June Marlowe - May Barstowe
- Heinie Conklin - Alkali Bill
- Will Walling - Sam Barstowe
- Pat Hartigan - William 'Borax' Horton
Reviews and reception
Michael L. Simmons wrote in the Exhibitors Trade Review, that "He (Rin-Tin-Tin) brings to the role of leader of a wolf-pack, an intelligence, a beauty of motion, an impressive cleverness that should find wide favor. He is a spectacle, in my opinion, well worth the price of admission." Simmons went on to say that "It is obvious throughout; every time the human cast stacks up alongside the exploits of the animal players, the latter stands out far ahead in the ability to compel interest." Motion Picture News reviewer George T. Pardy praised the performance of Rin-Tin-Tin, saying; "his work all through is extraordinary and far above that of his average doggish contemporaries in filmland...the thrills are many and pungent, mostly arising from the endeavors to trap or shoot Lobo of folks who know that there is a price set on the head of the kingly wolf." A review in The Film Daily was critical of the film stating, "No doubt the author is chiefly to blame for furnishing a script that is a mixture of dizzy melodrama, burlesque, caricature - anything in fact far removed from reality. Director Noel Smith struggled bravely with it. He deserves credit for getting over the dog sequences with a snap and a punch. The rest of the weak story seemed to have him licked."
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
- Motion Pictures in the Library of Congress
- "Clash of the Wolves". Silent Era. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
- Michael L. Simmons (November 1925). "The Clash of the Wolves". Exhibitors Trade Review 19 (1): 29.
- George T. Pardy (November 1925). "The Clash of the Wolves". Motion Picture News 32 (22): 2572.
- "The Clash of the Wolves". The Film Daily 34 (44): 6. November 1925.