The Silent Enemy (1930 film)

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The Silent Enemy
The Silent Enemy (1930 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byH.P. Carver
Produced byW. Douglas Burden
William C. Chanler
Screenplay byW. Douglas Burden
Richard Carver
Julian Johnson
StarringChief Yellow Robe
Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance
Chief Akawanush
Mary Alice Nelson Archambaud
CinematographyMarcel Le Picard
Edited byShirley C. Burden
Burden-Chanler Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 9, 1930 (1930-05-09)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Silent Enemy is a 1930 American silent film directed by H.P. Carver and written by W. Douglas Burden, Richard Carver and Julian Johnson. The drama stars Chief Yellow Robe, Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, Chief Akawanush and Mary Alice Nelson Archambaud. It premiered on May 19, 1930 at the Criterion Theater in New York City and was later distributed by Paramount Pictures in August of the same year.[1][2]


Shot in the Temagami region of Ontario, the film depicted the life of the Ojibwe prior to the arrival of European settlers and was unique for its early use of Indigenous actors.[2] Burden relied on to the detailed accounts of French missionaries documented in The Jesuit Relations during the writing of the screenplay.[3]


Silent Enemy premiered on May 19, 1930 in New York City at the Criterion Theater.[4][2] Having taken more than two years to film and edit, its release coincided with the rise of sound films, which impacted the success of the film despite strong critical praise.[5]:204[2]



  1. ^ "The Silent Enemy (1930) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Drew, William M. (2010). "A Little Silence amid All the Talk". The Last Silent Picture Show: Silent Films on American Screens in the 1930s. Scarecrow Press. pp. 1–36. ISBN 9780810876811.
  3. ^ Aleiss, Angela (2005). Making the white man's Indian : native Americans and Hollywood movies. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 41–42. ISBN 9780275983963. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Movie Review - The Silent Enemy - THE SCREEN -". Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  5. ^ Morris, Peter (1978). Embattled Shadows: A History of Canadian Cinema, 1895-1939. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. ISBN 9780773503236. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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